Low Voltage Directive (LVD)

The Low Voltage Directive (LVD), 2006/95/EC, is applicable to all electrical products operating from a power source in the voltage range from 50VAC to 1000VAC and 75VDC to 1500VDC. Products that have low operating voltages outside this range, but higher internal voltages, are not within the scope of the LVD. If the product has an output voltage that is within this range it is within the scope of the LVD and must comply with its provisions.

There are a small number of exceptions to the directive, not the least of which are electric fence controllers (energisers). Other products outside the scope of the LVD are electric plugs and sockets for domestic use and electrical equipment for radiological and medical purposes. A full list is in Annex II of the directive.

Eurolink (Europe)’s Role: Eurolink (Europe) can provide consulting and practical services to help clients to meet the demands of the Low Voltage Directive, including:

  • guiding clients on the self-declaration route to compliance (use of notified bodies is not required under the Low Voltage Directive)
  • assisting clients to compile technical files, to provide evidence for the claim of compliance of the product (one of the administrative requirements of the directive)
  • acting as an authorised representative, including issuing a Declaration of Conformity and providing the CE marking to be attached to the product label. Please contact us for further details of our authorised representative role, in relation to the Low Voltage Directive.