§ Mr. Butler
To ask the President of the Board of Trade when he will establish the necessary validation procedures to enable United Kingdom manufacturers of personal protective equipment to obtain a CE mark for their products as required under directive 89/686/EC which came into effect on 1 January 1993.
§ Mr. Leigh
The Personal Protective Equipment (EC Directive) Regulations 1992, Statutory Instrument 3139, came into force on 1 January 1993. Bodies approved to undertake testing and certification work in relation to the categories of personal protective equipment (PPE) required under the Directive to undergo type examination, will be appointed and notified to the EC Commission in Brussels very shortly. Manufacturers of PPE of simple design protecting against minimal risks are able to self-certify conformity and do not need third party approval to affix the CE mark to such products.