European Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) Notified Body 

The European Pressure Equipment Directive 2014/68/EU (PED) was adopted by the European Parliament and the European Council in May 1997. It initially came into force on 29 November 1999. From that date until 28 May 2002 manufacturers had a choice between applying the pressure equipment directive or continuing with the application of the existing national legislation. Beginning 29 May 2002 the Pressure Equipment Directive became obligatory throughout the European Union (EU).

The PED arises from the European Community's Programme for the elimination of technical barriers to trade within the EU, and is formulated under the "New Approach to Technical Harmonisation and Standards". Its purpose is to harmonise national laws of Member States regarding the design, manufacture, testing and conformity assessment of pressure equipment and assemblies of pressure equipment. It therefore aims to ensure the free placing on the market and putting into service of the equipment concerned within the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA). Established under the New Approach, the PED provides for a flexible regulatory environment that does not impose any detailed technical solution. The Pressure Equipment Directive is one of a series of technical harmonisation Directives for machinery, electrical equipment, medical devices, simple pressure vessels, gas appliances, etc.

Through our relationship with HSB GS Europe, we are able to offer Notified Body services to those manufacturers shipping vessels to the EEA.


The PED covers pressure equipment and assemblies of pressure equipment with a maximum allowable pressure greater than 0.5 bar (7.25 psig).


Austria  Finland  Latvia  Romania 
Belgium  France  Lithuania  Slovakia 
Bulgaria  Germany  Luxembourg  Slovenia 
Croatia  Greece  Malta  Spain 
Cyprus  Hungary  Netherlands  Sweden 
Czech Republic  Ireland  Poland  Switzerland 
Denmark  Italy  Portugal  Turkey 
Estonia      United Kingdom 


Client Industries

The Directive concerns manufacturers of items such as vessels, pressurised storage containers, heat exchangers, steam generators, boilers, industrial piping, safety devices and pressure accessories. Such pressure equipment is widely used in the process industries (oil and gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, plastics, rubber and the food and beverage industry), high temperature process industry (glass, paper and board), energy production and in the supply of utilities, heating, air conditioning and gas storage and transportation.

Services Provided 

1) Notified Body Services
2) Design Review
3) Certification
4) Inspection
5) Technical Assistance
6) Project Management
7) Training Seminars

Client Benefits 

  • Single Source Inspection Service - we can inspect all of your pressure equipment. This eliminates duplicate inspections, manuals and documentation.
  • Local Presence - We have local representation in Europe, Asia and the Americas so you can strategize globally and act locally.
  • Experience - Our familiarity with ASME Codes and Standards, quality program development, and surveillance activity, along with a working knowledge of many of the country codes, helps you to save time and money while navigating the PED certification process.







The Notified Body operates a quality mangement system accredited to EN/ISO 17020:2012. A copy of the compliants and appeals procedure is available upon request. 

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