EC directives

EC Product Directives were created by the European Union (EU) to achieve the free movement of goods and services. The directives came about as a result of the Treaty of Rome, 1957. They are intended to remove any barriers to trade across Europe that could be caused by the multiple testing and certification of items and equipment to meet the regulations of individual EU member state markets.

Where a directive requires products to be independently tested, inspected or certified, this must be undertaken by a body approved by a government of the community and notified to the European Commission. Notified bodies can be laboratories, certification bodies or inspection bodies. Bodies can be notified for all conformity assessment routes in the directive or for individual ones.

The requirement of the routes will determine the type of organisation which is notified. For example, for a route which stipulates type-examination the notified body would normally be a test house or product certification body. For modules stipulating ISO 9001 approval the notified body would be a quality management system certification body.

Lloyd's Register and LRQA have notified body status for the following directives - call the telephone number listed for more information.

Contact LRQA on 0800 783 2179, or email: for the following:

Contact Lloyd’s Register EMEA – UK Energy on +44 (0)33 0414 1337 or email: for the following:

Contact Lloyd's Register Fire and Safety Group on +44 (0)20 7423 2416 or email Bruce McDonald for the following: