Inspections and audits for boilers and pressure vessels (PED)

Pressure Equipment Directive (PED)

Ensuring Conformity Assessment


In today’s international marketplace determining which Directives and Standards apply or which conformity assessment route to apply can be a difficult but necessary task to undertake. When dealing with pressure equipment designed above 0.5 bar (7 psig) significant hazards may form due to pressure. The Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) of the European Union was introduced to harmonize regulations throughout Europe for the design and manufacture of pressure equipment over 0.5 bar (7 psig) and to ensure that free-trade across European countries were followed with proper procedures and codes.

All pressure equipment is volatile and may be misused. The PED Directive complies with designs to recognize this risk and prevent further issues from occurring. According to the Directive, pressure equipment must be designed to prevent the danger or misuse from occurring. If the design cannot prevent danger or misuse from occurring, then a warning stating the dangers with improper use must accompany the pressure equipment.


What is Pressure Equipment Directive (PED)?

The purpose of the Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) is to create free-trade across Europe with harmonized standards for the design, manufacture, and conformity assessment of pressure equipment and assemblies with a maximum allowable pressure greater than 0.5 bars.

Pressure Equipment is defined as piping, vessels, safety accessories, pressure accessories and assemblies. This also includes elements attached to pressurized parts, such as: flanges, nozzles, couplings, etc.

What are the key benefits?

  • Due to the nature of the hazards involved in the use of pressure equipment, it is necessary to establish procedures for assessing compliance with the basic requirements of PED
  • Reduces the risk of danger and misuse of pressure equipment


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