Pressure Equipment Regulations 1999

Introduction

The Pressure Equipment Regulations 1999 implement the European Pressure Equipment Directive and from the 30th May 2002, most pressure equipment and assemblies placed on the market in the United Kingdom must comply with the Regulations.

Under the Regulations, pressure equipment and assemblies above specified pressure / volume thresholds must:

  • be safe
  • meet essential safety requirements covering design, manufacture and testing
  • satisfy appropriate conformity assessment procedures
  • carry the CE marking and other information

Depending on the nature of the fluid contained and the size and pressure of the components, pressure equipment falls into five categories. The lowest only requires the equipment to be manufactured to sound engineering practice but the higher categories require a notified body to carry out appropriate conformity assessment procedures. HSBIQ is a notified body approved by the DTI and accredited by UKAS.

The same rules apply everywhere in the European Economic Area (EEA) so that pressure equipment complying with the Regulations may be placed on the market or put into service anywhere in the EEA.