Transitional periods

The Personal Protective Equipment Regulation (EU) 2016/425 will apply from 21 April 2018.

  • PPE in conformity with the Personal Protective Equipment Regulation can be placed on the market from 21 April 2018.
  • PPE in conformity with the Personal Protective Equipment Directive 89/686/EEC, in Finland the Government Decision on Personal Protective Equipment (Valtioneuvoston päätös henkilönsuojaimista 1406/1993), can be placed on the market until 20 April 2019.
  • Sales of PPE manufactured in conformity with the Directive and placed on the market, i.e. made available on the EU market for the first time, before 21 April 2019 is still allowed unless the PPE becomes obsolete before that date or cause danger to the user.
  • EC type-examination certificates issued under the Directive remain valid until 21 April 2023 unless they expire before that date.
  • Each individual PPE placed on the market from 21 April 2019 onwards must comply with the requirements of the Personal Protective Equipment Regulation.

Answers to frequently asked questions can be found in the guidance document published by the European Commission.

Type-examination certificate

EC type-examination certificates issued under the Personal Protective Equipment Directive remain valid until 21 April 2023 unless they expire before that date. The type-examination certificate must be renewed before 21 April 2019 if

  • a higher protection level than in the Directive is required because one or more essential requirements have changed. A change in the contents of operating instructions is not a significant change and does not require renewal of the type-examination certificate.
  • PPE model and/or its manufacturing has been changed, or
  • change in the state of the art has taken place – for example, a harmonised standard is replaced by a new standard version that presents significant changes compared with the technology or level of safety presented in the previous standard.