Low-voltage Directive 2006/95/EG

Low-voltage Directive 73/23/EG made its début in 1973. The directive was one of the first directives published by the European Union. At that time, the directive was written primarily for the purpose of the mutual acceptance of the various countries’ electrical materials, so that an electrical device which was approved in one EU country did not have to be approved again by another country. At that time, the electrical certification marks in use were:

TWhen the new European Approach Directives were published in 1989, the old certification marks and Low-voltage Directive 73/23/EG also lapsed. The old directive was replaced by Directive 93/68/EG, a new approach directive, and from then on the issuing of a CE marking was the only acceptable certification mark. It took until 12 December 2006 until the new Low-voltage Directive 2006/95/EG was published. This latest Low-voltage Directive entered into force on 1 January 2007, at which time the previous 73/23/EG Directive lapsed. Just as the previous 73/23/EG Directive did, Directive 2006/95/EG focuses on electrical materials intended for use at a nominal alternating current voltage between 50 and 1000 V and a nominal direct current voltage between 75 and 1500 V.\[1]

[1] Therefore a machine’s 24 V control circuits are not subject to the Low-voltage Directive. This directive does not apply to the 24 V components of these circuits either. The EMC Directive, however, may apply to these components.

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