CEN just released GUIDE 17 on the safety of pressure equipment 

Newly published CEN Guide 17 ‘Safety of pressure equipment - Rules and recommendations for the drafting and presentation of safety standards’ gives some guidelines on how to develop safety standards for pressure equipment. In particular, it provides clear recommendations on the criteria for the selection of new work items and for procedures to prepare, produce or revise standards in an efficient and effective way, focussing on safety aspects of pressure equipment. Standards developed following the new Guide contribute to preventing accidents and reducing waste. They also enable manufacturers and suppliers to market and sell equipment to customers throughout Europe and around the world.

In the scope of this deliverable, pressure equipment covers a wide range of products from consumer products such as pressure cookers and portable fire extinguishers, through to major industrial applications such as reactors, columns, boilers, steam generators, heat exchangers, industrial piping and safety device for the power generation, food, chemical, pharmaceutical, oil and gas sectors.

The hazards and risk factors of pressure are addressed by the Pressure Equipment Directive 2014/68/EU. The Directive sets out essential safety requirements with which all pressure equipment must comply. European standards are developed on the basis of this Directive, to provide manufacturers and suppliers with tools and guidance ensuring that their equipment conforms to its essential requirements. When such a European Standard has been cited in the Official Journal of the European Union and has been implemented as a national standard in at least one Member State, then any company or organization that applies this standard (known as a ‘Harmonised Standard’) can benefit from ‘presumption of conformity’ to the essential safety requirements established by the EU Directive.

In this context, Guide 17 has an important role because correctly written European standards facilitate their implementation and the same level of safety of pressure equipment in Europe. This guide helps experts to write European standards with useful advices and recommendations. Furthermore, ENs have an impact that goes beyond European countries: many of these standards, including those that have been adopted as international Standards (EN ISO), are used in others countries around the world, which makes the relevance of this Guide even higher, as it establishes clear rules which can have a wide global echo.

CEN Guide 17 was developed by the CEN Pressure Equipment Advisory nucleus (CEN/PE/AN). It is in charge of monitoring the 30 CEN Technical committees dealing with Pressure Equipment Directive (2041/68/EU) and Single Pressure Vessels Directive (2014/29/EU). It is composed by representatives of CEN CENELEC Management Center, European Commission, representatives of Industries and Conformity Assessment Bodies. The CEN/PE/AN ensures communication between CEN Technical committees and stakeholders for facilitating the implementation of standards on the European internal market and offers the possibility to strengthen communication between the Standardization system and Standards users.

For more information, please contact Marc-Antoine Carreira da Cruz and Thierry Legrand