Electrical Safety for the Automotive Industry
Automotive suppliers seeking to export electrical/electronic components, machinery and a variety of components and accessories must comply with international regulations that could pertain to their product area. For instance, machinery that is to be sold in the European Union used in the production of automotive parts often falls within the scope of the EU Low Voltage and Machinery Directives. Electrical components and accessories may fall under the scope of the EMC directive. Mirrors, seats, keyless entry systems, fabrics are but a few of many other supplied products covered under a variety of German domestic and/or EU safety related regulations.
TÜV SÜD Product Service / TÜV SÜD Automotive provides regulatory research, and tests and certifies whole vehicles, systems, components and accessories for successful entry into Germany and/or other EU member states.
TÜV SÜD Product Service is an NRTL (Nationally Recgonized Testing Laboratory) as well as a Notified Body for the European Union Low Voltage Directive, Machinery Directive and Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive. In addition, TÜV SÜD is also a member of the international CB Scheme, which allow TÜV SÜD test reports to be recognized by all members of the international CB Scheme thus lowering your overall testing costs and decreasing your time to market.
The following provides information on the EU Low Voltage Directive. Select the following links for more information on the Machinery Directive and Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directive.
Low Voltage Directive
TÜV SÜD Product Service is a Notified Body for the European Union Low Voltage Directive. The Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 73/23/EEC was adopted by the European Council on February 19, 1973 with the purpose of harmonizing the laws of Member States relating to electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits. In 1993, the LVD was amended by Directive 93/68/EEC to include the procedures for conformity assessment and CE marking products. CE marking of products that fall under the scope of the Low Voltage Directive is mandatory, and indicates compliance with the requirements of the European Union (EU).
Electrical equipment covered by the Low Voltage Directive:
With the exception of the equipment listed in Annex II, the directive applies to electrical equipment designed for use at a rated voltage of 50 to 1000 V for alternating current and 75 to 1500 V for direct current. Rated voltage refers to the input or output voltage of the equipment and not voltages which are generated internally.