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EU Directives For Valves

Course Date: Wednesday 26th April 2023
Location: Banbury
Duration / Programme: 1 day duration: 9.00am start - 5.00pm finish
Price: £580 + vat (per person)
BVAA Member Price: £355 + vat (per person)

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It is still a legal requirement to comply with EU directives – the detailed requirements are enacted into national laws. The intention behind the directives is to ensure that:
•barriers to trade are removed and a free and open market is created
•products within the scope are safe

While Brexit brings in to question the future applicability of EU legislation, the requirement to CE mark goods exported to the EU will remain.

Directives state the “Essential, Safety Requirements” that must be met by the products.

The course considers three directives

First, the Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) - the most important directive for valve manufacturers. This directive is concerned with the risks due to the internal pressure. The course reviews what the requirements are and how to address them. The impact of the latest revision 2014/68/EU is considered.

Second, the ATEX (ATmospheres EXplosive) directive, which deals with equipment intended for use in explosive atmospheres. While this is often considered to be for electrical equipment only, sparks can also be generated by mechanical equipment too. The course considers the mechanical aspects of potential ignition sources only.

Finally, the Machinery directive is mentioned briefly. Whether valves and actuators are machines, the implications of this and how to fulfil requirements are considered briefly.

Most of the course is concerned with the PED, as this area concerns the valve industry directly.
Course content approximately: PED (80%), ATEX (15%) MD (5%)

Throughout the course there are opportunities to discuss any areas of particular concern and your own issues.

Subjects addressed will include:

- Background and objectives
- Scope and definitions
- Excluded equipment
- Equipment categories
- Technical requirements
- Essential safety requirements
- Standards, including harmonised standards and the presumption of conformity
- Hazard and Risk assessment
- Technical files
- Classification of equipment
- Conformity assessment
- Notified Bodies
- CE Marking
- Declaration of conformity
- Directive guidelines
- Most frequent misunderstandings
- Changes due to the latest version

Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in, or seeking knowledge of, the directives. This can include those involved in the sales and distribution of valves or in their design, manufacture. Those involved in the quality aspects and that have to deal with the notified bodies will also find the detail beneficial.

The trainer:

The course is delivered by Ron Strang. He has a background of over 35 years in the valve industry and has wide and extensive knowledge of all processes involved in the design, manufacture and inspection of industrial valves. Ron is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He has been involved in the implementation and execution of directive compliance at a high level since their introduction at several valve companies as a technical director.

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