Keeping equipment within acceptable noise limits
Manufacturers of motorized equipment intended for use outdoors and destined for the European market must comply with EU Noise Directive 2000/14/EC.
The EU Noise Directive 2000/14/EC, which was adopted on 3 July 2000, covers a wide range of products, including but not limited to construction equipment, lift trucks, garden equipment, generators, and compressors.
The EU Noise Directive applies to 57 types of equipment, each defined in Annex I and listed either in Article 12, or Article 13, of the Directive. Equipment listed in Article 12 is subject to noise limits and the involvement of a Notified Body, such as TÜV SÜD, is mandatory. Equipment listed in article 12 cannot be legally placed on the market without a Notified Body certification. Equipment not subject to sound power level limitation is listed in Article 13, where TÜV SÜD can act as a third party for measurement, or as a consultant – providing needed expertise.
A detailed list of equipment covered by the Directive can be found here:
The European Commission assigned a study to evaluate the implementation and administration of EU Noise Directive 2000/14/EC. The main objective of the study was to review the available noise data, the stage I and stage II limits, the feasibility to revise the noise limits and to review the equipment list in Article 12 and 13.
The study resulted in the following main recommendations:
- Add NEW equipment types to the Directive, e.g. snow mobiles, stone circular saws
- Move equipment types from Article 13 to Article 12, e.g. aerial access platform, chain saw, drill rig
- Remove equipment types from the Directive
- Stage II limits and reduced stage II limits are feasible for certain equipment types
All equipment outlined in the Noise Directive must bear the CE Marking to demonstrate compliance to the Directive. European Union member states must allow equipment bearing the CE Marking to enter their markets, fulfilling the European Union's mandate of free movement of goods and services within its boundaries.
Partnering with TÜV SÜD America will ensure that your products comply with the requirements of EU Noise Directive 2000/14/EC.
TÜV SÜD America Inc., Industry Service Division, provides 2000/14/EC Notified Body services on behalf of TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH. TÜV SÜD AG entities hold Notified Body status for the Outdoor Noise Directive 2000/14/EC, the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, EMC 2004/108/EC, the Pressure Equipment Directive 97/23/EC, the Transportable Pressure Equipment Directive, and many other European Directives.
Contact us for more information on how the EU Noise Directive 2000/14/EC affects your products, how to satisfy the requirements of the Directive, or to select the conformity assessment procedure most suitable for your organization.