EU Directives For Valves (CPD Certified)

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Course Date: Wednesday 16th October 2024
Location: Banbury
Programme: 1 day duration: 9.00am start - 5.00pm finish
Price: £640 + vat (per person)
BVAA Member Price: £390 + vat (per person)
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Course Brief

1-day course designed to give an overview of what is involved in achieving compliance with the most significant directives and regulations in the valve industry.

The BVAA Course on Directives (PED, ATEX, MD)

If you export to the EU or EEA, it is still a legal requirement to comply with EU directives. 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

If you comply with the Directives, you will have a good basis for complying with the UK requirements and UKCA marking. The similarities and differences will be highlighted.

The course considers three directives:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The Machinery Directive is mentioned briefly. Whether valves and actuators are machines, the implications of this and how to fulfil requirements are considered.

Most of the course is concerned with the PED, as this area concerns the valve industry directly. Course content approximately: Directives in general (35%), Brexit (5%), PED (35%), ATEX (15%), MD (5%), Assessment (5%)

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.

Course Presenter

Ron Strang has a background of over 40 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.

 Further information relating to course content..

Address: British Valve & Actuator Association
1A Banbury Office Village
Noral Way
OX16 2SB
United Kingdom
Telephone: 01295 221270

How to find us

  • Exit M40 at Junction 11, Banbury (A422/A361).
  • Follow Hennef way to the Tesco roundabout
  • At that roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Southam Road  (A423)
  • Enter the roundabout – take the 3rd exit onto Noral Way
  • Take the first left turn into Banbury Office Village
  • Park in visitor parking for BVAA

Please note that parking is very limited, and ensure you park in the allocated visitor spaces for the BVAA, 1A.

Ron Strang

Ron Strang
Course Lecturer

Ron has a background of over 40 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.

Classroom based training

Our one-day classroom-based courses will follow a similar format:

  • Offices open from 8.30am onwards
  • The course will start at 9.00am prompt
  • There will be a break for lunch, usually 12.30pm - 1.00pm
  • Each course will finish at 5.00pm at the latest

We provide a buffet lunch and would be grateful if you could inform us if you have any dietary restrictions or preferences on booking.

Course Materials

Full notes and course materials are supplied. Delegates will also receive a BVAA Manual specific to the course they attend.


Our training facility is on the first floor, with no wheelchair access. On both the ground floor and first floor we have an accessible toilet.

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss your specific requirements before your visit, please contact us on 01295 221270 or email

Where to stay

Premier Inn, Castle Quay, Banbury, OX16 5UN
Tel: 0330 175 9013
Parking: Chargeable off-site parking is available at Castle Quay Shopping Centre (OX16 5UN). Parking is charged at £6.50 for over 5 hours Monday - Saturday. On Sundays & bank holidays parking is charged at £1.00 all day.

Premier Inn, Stroud Park, Ermont Way, Banbury, OX16 4AE
Tel: 0333 321 9439

Best Western, Wroxton House Hotel, Wroxton, Banbury, OX15 6QB.
Tel: 01295 73077

Parking is limited, so if you are staying at a local hotel with your colleagues, it may be worth considering a taxi to our offices.

Need a taxi?

Royal Cars Banbury
Tel: 01295 255555

Castle Cars Ltd
Tel: 01295 270011

Online Courses

When participating in an online course, you should ensure that you have the hardware and software required in place. You must have an Internet-connected computer with:

  • Audio capability - You will need to hear our trainer and be heard.
  • Microsoft Teams - All online courses are delivered via Microsoft Teams.


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