Tanks, reservoirs, containers and pressure vessels 

CEN is developing European Standards that cover a wide range of products, materials and methods to ensure an appropriate level of safety related to the danger of pressure. These standards support the directives for Pressure Equipment (PED) 2014/68/EU and Simple Pressure Vessels (SPV) 2014/29/EU that are part of the 'New Approach' directives.

For more information contact Marc-Antoine CARREIRA DA CRUZ.

News and events

Workshop on Unfired Pressure Vessels and the Pressure Equipment System of the future, Brussels, 30 November 2017


Link to presentations.

Technical bodies and activities

CEN Technical Committees, which work is related to the pressure equipment's field:
• CEN/TC 23 - Transportable gas cylinders
• CEN/TC 47 - Atomizing oil burners and their components - Function - Safety - testing
• CEN/TC 54 - Unfired pressure vessels
• CEN/TC 57 - Central heating boilers
• CEN/TC 58 - Safety and control devices for gas burners and gas-burning appliances
• CEN/TC 69 - Industrial valves
• CEN/TC 70 - Manual means of firefighting equipment
• CEN/TC 74 - Flanges and their joints
• CEN/TC 79 - Respiratory protective devices
• CEN/TC 121 - Welding
• CEN/TC 131 - Gas burners using fans
• CEN/TC 132 - Aluminium and aluminium alloys
• CEN/TC 133 - Copper and copper alloys
• CEN/TC 138 - Non-destructive testing
• CEN/TC 155 - Plastics piping systems and ducting systems
• CEN/TC 181 - Dedicated liquefied petroleum gas appliances
• CEN/TC 182 - Refrigerating systems, safety and environmental requirements
• CEN/TC 185 - Fasteners
• CEN/TC 190 - Foundry technology
• CEN/TC 194 - Utensils in contact with food
• CEN/TC 210 - GRP tanks and vessels
• CEN/TC 235 - Gas pressure regulators and associated safety devices for use in gas transmission and distribution
• CEN/TC 237 - Gas meters
• CEN/TC 267 - Industrial piping and pipelines
• CEN/TC 268 - Cryogenic vessels
• CEN/TC 269 - Shell and water-tube boilers
• CEN/TC 286 - Liquefied petroleum gas equipment and accessories
• CEN/TC 326 - Gas supply for Natural Gas Vehicles (NVG)
• CEN/TC 342 - Metal hoses, hose assemblies, bellows and expansion joints
• CEN/TC 459 – ECISS – European Committee for Iron and Steel Standardization 

Sector Forum

Sector Forum and associated helpdesks

A Sector Forum is a platform aiming at facilitating the exchange of information between the different stakeholders, coordinating, and identifying standardization needs and overlap in a specific field of standardization work.


The pressure equipment's field counts one Sector Forum called, 'Pressure Equipment Advisory Nucleus (PE-AN)'.


Recent activity:

·       Survey on the use of harmonized standards in the sector

Three helpdesks have been set up by CEN/BT to answer questions of users and to correct mistakes in the standards:
Helpdesk EN 13445 for unfired pressure vessels

Case study: this document describes the experience of the Finnish steel dished ends manufacturer 'Rautaruukki Halikko Works' with the Pressure Equipment Directive 2014/68/EU and EN 13445:2002.

CEN will be pleased to publish additional case studies from other companies.

2) Helpdesk EN 13480 for Metallic industrial piping

3) Helpdesk EN 12952 for Water-tube and shell boilers

European legislation and mandates

EU Directives
CEN has developed a series of European Standards in support of the Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) 2014/68/EU and Simple Pressure Vessels (SPV) 2014/29/EU.

CEN accepted the following European Commission Mandate for standardization work:


·       M/071 in the field of Pressure Equipment

Harmonized European Standards

Check the latest lists of European Standards referenced in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) in support of references of the 'harmonized' European Standards cited in the Official Journal:

·       Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) 

Simple Pressure Vessels (SPVD)

Useful links and documents