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The Guide to the implementation of directives based upon the New Approach and the Global Approach (the Blue Guide) was published in 2000. Since then, it has become one of the main reference documents explaining how to implement the legislation based on the New Approach, now covered by the New Legislative Framework. To download a copy of the guide click here.


ADR – The international carriage of dangerous goods by road

Carriage of accumulators pre-charged with Nitrogen

The European Agreement concerning the ADR was done at Geneva on 30 September 1957 under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and it entered into force on 29 January 1968. The Agreement itself was amended by the Protocol amending article 14 (3) done at New York on 21 August 1975 that entered into force on 19 April 1985.

The ADR was restructured between 1992 and 2000 with the first version of the restructured annexes being published as ECE/TRANS/140 Volumes I and II on 1 July 2001. Corrections are now made every two years with a six-month provisional period between January and July where either version could be used. The latest version was published as ECE/TRANS/175 Volumes I and II on 1 January 2005.

The ADR was an international Regulation on 10 May 2004, there had been a change to the UK la on existing domestic regulations concerning the carriage of dangerous goods by road and rail and the ADR had been adopted throughout the UK and Europe in line with EC co-operation and harmonisation.

UN 1066 Nitrogen, compressed class 2: code 1A: labels 2.2 limited quantities LQ1: packing instructions P200: mixed packing provisions MP9: instructions (M)

UN 3164 Articles pressurised (pneumatic or hydraulic) containing non-flammable gases class 2: code 6A: labels 2.2: special provisions 283/594: limited quantities LQO: packing instructions P003: mixed packing provisions MP9

Class 1 = explosives and Class 2 = gasses, UN 3164 with Special provision 594 (ADR exempt) would apply in the same way as fire extinguishers under UN 104.

If UN 1066 was used this would mean Special Provision 283 would apply and ADR Regulations would need to be met.


UK Statutory Instrument (Regulations)

2000 Number 128 The Pressure Systems Safety

2001 Number 1426 The Transportable Pressure Vessels

2004 Number 568 The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and use of Transportable Pressure Equipment




Published on 29 March 2014 in respect of New Legislative Framework (NLF) alignment directives to create a more coherent legislative framework for the marketing of products.

This Directive defines each of the following product groups:

electrical and non-electrical equipment
electrical and non-electrical protective systems
electrical and non-electrical components
electrical and non-electrical safety devices
UK Statutory Instrument (Regulations)

1996 Number 192 The Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres

Northern Ireland

1996 Number 247 The Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres

2001 Number 3766 The Equipment and Protective Systems (Amendment)



EMC Directive

Published on 29 March 2014 in respect of New Legislative Framework (NLF) alignment directives to create a more coherent legislative framework for the marketing of products.

UK Statutory Instrument (Regulations)

2006 Number 3418 The Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 2006



Machinery Directive

This Directive replaces 98/37/EC and came into force on 29 December 2009.

The Machinery Directive is one of the earliest Directives to emanate from the EUs long- running programme, a new approach to technical harmonisation and standardisation. A key part of this has been to regulate machinery within the European Union through the use of CE Marking.
A critical point to note is that it is the manufacturer who is responsible for verifying that a particular product falls within the scope of the Machinery Directive (Article 1).

The letters ‘CE’ on a machine essentially become the manufacturer’s proof that the machine meets the Essential Health and Safety Requirements (EHSRs) of the Machinery Directive, together with other relevant compliance documents such as the Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC, Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive 2004/108/EC and Pressure Equipment Directive 97/23/EC.

Partly completed machinery

Partly completed machinery means an assembly that is almost machinery which in itself cannot perform a specific application. A drive system is partly completed machinery. Partly completed machinery is only intended to be incorporated into or assembled with other machinery or other partly completed machinery or equipment, thereby forming machinery to which this Directive applies.

Essential Health and Safety Requirements

The EHSRs for machinery take into account the potential dangers to system operators and other persons using or affected by the machine and essentially cover:

  • materials used in the construction lighting
  • controls stability
  • fire
  • noise vibration
  • radiation
  • emission of dust, gases etc. maintenance and documentation

UK Statutory Instrument (Regulations)

2008 Number 1597 The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations



Pressure Equipment Directive

The recast PED was published on 27 June 2014 to replace 97/23/EC. Article 13 (Classification of equipment alignment with Regulation 1272/2008/EC on CLP) applied from 1 June 2015 and the rest of the Directive is to be implemented by 18 July 2016, and will apply from the following day.

This Directive covers pressure equipment and assemblies with a maximum allowable pressure PS greater than 0.5 bar. Pressure equipment means vessels, piping, safety accessories and pressure accessories. Assemblies means several pieces of pressure equipment assembled to form an integrated, functional whole.

UK Statutory Instrument (Regulations)

1999 Number 2001 The Pressure Equipment

2002 Number 1267 The Pressure Equipment (Amendment)



Simple Pressure Vessels Directive

Published on 29 March 2014 in respect of New Legislative Framework (NLF) alignment directives to create a more coherent legislative framework for the marketing of products.

This Directive covers simple pressure vessels that are intended to contain air or nitrogen at a gauge pressure greater than 0.5 bar but less than or equal to 30 bar and not intended to be exposed to flame.

UK Statutory Instrument (Regulations)

1991 Number 2749 The Simple Pressure Vessels (Safety)

1994 Number 3098 The Simple Pressure Vessels (Safety) (Amendment)



  • FP016414 Directive 2008/98/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 November 2008 on waste and repealing certain Directives
  • FP016416 DEFRA Environmental Permitting Guidance on the Waste Framework Directive for the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2007 October 2009 (includes Directive 2006/12/EC as Annex 3
  • FP016417 DEFRA Environmental Permitting Guidance Exempt Waste Operations for the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010 March 2010
  • FP016418 Department for communities and local Government Guidance for local planning requirements of the European Union Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC

For information on the treatment of waste hoses and associated PPE in mobile applications, see BFPA/P115 Disposal and handling of waste hydraulic oil, hoses and associated waste downloadable from BFPA Publications section on website.

CE Marketing


See the European Commissions’s “6 steps to CE Marking” FP015430



The Eco-design Directive establishes the framework for the setting of eco-design requirements for energy-related products. The final report of the preparatory study was published during August 2012. The Study concluded that machine tools and related machinery meet the criteria of Article 15 (2), i.e. that the overall product group presents a significant volume of sales on the market, has a significant environmental impact and energy consumption, and presents a significant potential for improvement.

Impact Assessment Studies have been running since November 2012 carried out by Atkins Institute and Deloittes and are presently looking at four sub-sectors:

  • metal-working machine tools
  • wood-working machine tools
  • welding equipment
  • stone and ceramic working machine tools


Regulation 1907/2006/EC provides that substances meeting the criteria for classification as carcinogenic (category 1A or 1B) mutagenic (category 1A or 1B) and toxic for reproduction (category 1A or 1B) in accordance with 1272/2008/EC on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixture(s), (amending and repealing Directives 67/548/EEC and 1999/45/EC, and amending 1907/2006/EC), substances that are persistent, bio-accumulative and toxic, substances that are very persistent and very bio-accumulative, and substances for which there is scientific evidence of probable serious effects to human health or the environment give rise to an equivalent level of concern may be subject to authorisation. Regulation 125/2012/EC of 14 February 2012 amends Annex XIV List of substances subject to authorisation.

Substances of a very high concern will be gradually identified in the candidate list and eventually included. Once included they cannot be placed on the market or used after a date to be set (the so-called sunset date) unless the Company is granted an Authorisation. Target date for inclusion is February 2015. The Candidate List totals 155 substances (as at 16 June 2014). This list can be found on European Chemicals Agency website: