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Noise Directive

History

The Noise Emission in the Environment by Equipment for use Outdoors Directive was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council on 3 July 2000 as Directive 2000/14/EC. Its purpose is to harmonise the national laws of member states regarding noise emission limits and labelling requirements at the manufacturing stage.
From 3rd January 2002 all equipment for use outdoors within the scope of the Directive placed on the market or put into service in the community must comply with the provisions of the Directive. Failure to comply with the requirements of the Directive will mean that these products may be prohibited from being placed on the community market, or withdrawn if placed on the market after 3rd January 2002.

Noise Directive

Requirements of the Directive:

The Directive applies only to the specified list of machines in Articles 12 and 13, not to all machines used outdoors. Before placing on the market or putting into service any equipment referred to in Article 12, the manufacturer or his authorised representative established in the Community, shall subject each type of equipment to one of the following conformity assessment procedures:

       - The internal control of production with assessment of technical documentation and periodical checking procedure referred to in Annex VI, or
       - The unit verification procedure referred to in Annex VII, or
       - The full quality assurance procedure referred to in Annex VIII.

Before placing on the market or putting into service any equipment referred to in Article 13 the manufacturer, or his authorised representative established in the Community, shall subject each type of equipment to the internal control of production procedure referred to in Annex V. Please refer to the noise directives for detailed requirements.

Services that we offer as a notified body

Technical File Review:
A Technical File is required in order to comply with the Noise Directive. We will review your Technical File for conformity to the requirements of the directive and provide recommendations on any areas requiring further action or improvement.Surveillance Assessment:If required, we will carry out a site assessment to ensure that manufactured equipment continues to comply with the technical documentation and with the requirements of the Noise Directive.

Noise Testing Service:
If required, we can test equipment to ensure that it conforms to the requirements of the Noise Directive.

Technical documentation

Upon successful assessment, Directive 2000/14/EC on Noise emission in the environment requires a technical documentation as laid out in Annexes V – VIII (see art 14.3). The technical documents must enable the assessment of the conformity of the appliance with the requirements of the Directive. The technical file should comprise:

• The name and address of the manufacturer or his authorised representative established in the Community
• A description of the equipment
• The trade name
• The type, series and numbers
• The technical data relevant for the identification of the equipment and the assessment of its noise emission, including, if appropriate, schematic drawings and any description and explanation necessary for their understanding
• The reference to the Directive
• The technical report of noise measurements carried out in accordance with the provisions of the Directive
• The technical instruments applied and the results of the evaluation of the uncertainties due to production variation and their relation to the guaranteed sound power level.

The file must also contain a copy of the EC declaration of conformity.

The manufacturer or their authorised representative is requested to keep copies of the technical documentation for a period of 10 years after the last product has been placed on the market.
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