By affixing the CE mark to products, the manufacturer declares that these products are in conformity with all applicable requirements of EU legislation. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may only be placed on the market if it complies with the basic health and safety requirements of Annex II of Directive 89/686/EEC or Annex II of PPE Regulation 2016/425.
PPE is divided into 3 categories, for which different conformity assessment procedures apply:
- Category I: Simple PPE offering protection against minimal risks; conformity assessment is the sole responsibility of the manufacturer
- Category II: Normal PPE. Here a type examination certificate from an approved (notified) body is required. Type conformity of the PPE is the responsibility of the manufacturer
- Category III: PPE for protection against major risks. In addition to type examination, monitored quality control of products and production is also required.
The PFI test body carries out all tests required for awarding the CE mark. The certification body is authorised both to award EU type examination certificates for Categories II and III and to carry out monitored control of the finished products and production. This applies to the following areas:
Foot and leg protection
For proper assessment, tests are performed on the whole shoe, on the sole, and on the upper.
- Individual foot and leg protection according to Directive 89/686/EEC and PPE Regulation 2016/425
- Safety footwear according to EN ISO 20345
- Occupational footwear according to EN ISO 20346
- Protective footwear according to EN ISO 20347
- Protective footwear for motorcycle riders according to EN 13634
- Welding boots according to EN ISO 20349-2
- Safety footwear with resistance to chain-saw cutting according to EN ISO 17249 up to 20.04.2018
- Firefighter boots according to EN 15090
- Foundry boots according EN ISO 20349-1
- Safety footwear with resistance to chain-saw cutting according to EN ISO 17249 from 21.04.2018
Eye protection and spectacles
- Protective eyewear according to EN 166
- Sunglasses according to EN ISO 12312-1
- Spectacle frames according to EN ISO 12870
- Ready readers according to EN 14139
- Spectacle lenses according to EN ISO 14889
- individual hand protection according to Directive 89/686/EEC or EU Regulation 2016/425
- protective gloves against mechanical risks according to EN 388
The appropriate certification programmes are available on request from the certification body.