Textile Personal Protective Equipment

The European Directive 89/686/EEC provides clear specifications for the production and marketing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). According to the Directive, articles of clothing which protect the wearer from life-threatening hazards or protect health must be provided with the CE mark of conformity and comply with the basic requirements for health protection and safety specified in the Directive.

Identification is the responsibility of the “marketer”, the manufacturer, his representative in the EU or the importer into the EU. PPE must not be marketed in the European Economic Area unless it complies with the requirements of the Directive.

As Notified Body EU No. 0555, the Hohenstein Institute conducts EC type examinations according to the Directive for Personal Protective Equipment (89/686/EEC). These EC type examinations are essential before the person responsible for marketing can market PPE in the Single European Market and affix the CE mark of conformity.

On request, the Certification Centre can provide detailed information about the certification process, for example about the kinds of certification, your rights and obligations and how to deal with complaints or appeals.

All types of textile Personal Protective Equipment are certified (PPE).