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Directive 2010/35/EU – transportable pressure equipment

The European Directive 2010/35/EU (Transportable Pressure Equipment Directive – TPED), lays down the relevant provisions for the placing on the market of transportable pressure equipment.

Transportable pressure equipment can generally be described as receptacles or tanks used for the transport of certain gases and other dangerous substances. E.g. container tanks, tank trailers, cryogenic drums, gas cylinders, etc

These vessels are subject to certain requirements during their construction and their entire life cycle.

New equipment (marking π)

The new transportable pressure equipment (or before it is placed on the European market) is covered by European Directive 2010/35/EU of 16 June 2010 which replaces the old Directive 1999/36/EC.

This directive is often called TPED after the English abbreviation. (Transportable Pressure Equipment Directive).

This directive aims to ensure the safety and free movement of transportable pressure equipment within the European Union.

It largely refers to the technical provisions of Directive 2008/68/EC on the transport of dangerous goods, which applies the texts of international agreements on the transport of dangerous goods (ADR/RID/ADN).

The various equipment’s covered by these directives (tanks for the transport of dangerous materials, gas cylinders, cryogenic vessels, associated parts, etc.) can be certified by VACS for the marking π.

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