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D.C. 2014/68/EU






Entry into force: 19 july 2016


Article 9 of Directive 97/23/EC is deleted with

effect from 1 June 2015, without prejudice to the

obligations of the Member States relating to the

time-limit for transposition into national law and

the date of application of that Article, set out in

Annex V, Part B.



- Real Decreto 709/2015



This Directive applies to the design, manufacture and conformity assessment of pressure
equipment and assemblies with a maximum allowable pressure PS greater than 0,5 bar.



This Directive shall not apply to:

(a) pipelines comprising piping or a system of piping designed for the conveyance of any fluid or

substance to or from an installation (onshore or offshore) starting from and including the last isolation

device located within the confines of the installation, including all the annexed equipment designed

specifically for pipelines; this exclusion shall not apply to standard pressure equipment such as may

be found in pressure reduction stations or compression stations;


(b) networks for the supply, distribution and discharge of water and associated equipment and

headraces such as penstocks, pressure tunnels, pressure shafts for hydroelectric installations and their

related specific accessories;


(c) simple pressure vessels covered by Directive 2014/29/EU of the European Parliament and of the

Council (1);

(d) aerosol dispensers covered by Council Directive 75/324/EEC (2);

(e) equipment intended for the functioning of vehicles defined by the following legal acts:

     (i) Directive 2007/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (3);

     (ii) Regulation (EU) No 167/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (1);

     (iii) Regulation (EU) No 168/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (2);

(f) equipment classified as no higher than category I under Article 13 of this Directive and covered by

one of the following Directives:

      (i) Directive 2006/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (3);

      (ii) Directive 2014/33/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council (4);

      (iii) Directive 2014/35/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council (5);

      (iv) Council Directive 93/42/EEC (6);

      (v) Directive 2009/142/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (7);

      (vi) Directive 2014/34/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council (8);

(g) equipment covered by point (b) of Article 346(1) TFEU;

(h) items specifically designed for nuclear use, failure of which may cause an emission of radioactivity;

(i) well-control equipment used in the petroleum, gas or geothermal exploration and extraction industry

and in underground storage which is intended to contain and/or control well pressure; this shall

comprise the wellhead (Christmas tree), the blow out preventers (BOP), the piping manifolds and all

their equipment upstream;


(j) equipment comprising casings or machinery where the dimensioning, choice of material and

manufacturing rules are based primarily on requirements for sufficient strength, rigidity and stability

to meet the static and dynamic operational effects or other operational characteristics and for which

pressure is not a significant design factor; such equipment may include:

      (i) engines including turbines and internal combustion engines;

      (ii) steam engines, gas/steam turbines, turbo-generators, compressors, pumps and actuating



(k) blast furnaces including the furnace cooling system, hot-blast recuperators, dust extractors and

blast-furnace exhaustgas scrubbers and direct reducing cupolas, including the furnace cooling, gas

converters and pans for melting, remelting, de-gassing and casting of steel, iron and non-ferrous



(l) enclosures for high-voltage electrical equipment such as switchgear, control gear, transformers, and

rotating machines;


(m) pressurised pipes for the containment of transmission systems, e.g. for electrical power and

telephone cables;


(n) ships, rockets, aircraft and mobile off-shore units, as well as equipment specifically intended for

installation on board or the propulsion thereof;


(o) pressure equipment consisting of a flexible casing, e.g. tyres, air cushions, balls used for play,

inflatable craft, and other similar pressure equipment;

(p) exhaust and inlet silencers;

(q) bottles or cans for carbonated drinks for final consumption;

(r) vessels designed for the transport and distribution of drinks having a PS·V of not more than 500 bar·L

and a maximum allowable pressure not exceeding 7 bar;


(s) equipment covered by Directive 2008/68/EC and Directive 2010/35/EU and equipment covered by the

International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code and the Convention on International Civil Aviation;

(t) radiators and pipes in warm water heating systems;

(u) vessels designed to contain liquids with a gas pressure above the liquid of not more than 0,5 bar.