European Economic Area

EU Directive of Pyrotechnic Articles
According to the New Legislative Framework of Europe Union, the manufacturers are required to complete the CE conformity assessment procedure and affix the CE marking before putting the products under the Directive of pyrotechnic articles (Directive 2013/29/EU) in the European Economic Area (EEA) market. EEA includes 27 Member States of EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland,  total 31 countries.
The Directive of pyrotechnic articles establishes the essential safety requirements that pyrotechnic articles are to fulfill with a view to their being made available on the market while ensuring a high level of protection of human health and public security and the protection and safety of consumers and taking into account the relevant aspects related to environmental protection.

‘Pyrotechnic article’ including firework, theatrical pyrotechnic articles, and pyrotechnic articles for vehicles means any article containing explosive substances or an explosive mixture of substances designed to produce heat, light, sound, gas or smoke or a combination of such effects through self-sustained exothermic chemical reactions.Where ‘pyrotechnic articles for vehicles’(PAV) means components of safety devices in vehicles which contain pyrotechnic substances used to activate these or other devices, including: Micro Gas Generator, Airbag Gas Generator, Airbag Module, Seatbelt Pretensioner, Igniter, Actuator, Semi-Finished Product.

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UK Conformity Assessed
UKCA Homologation
Consequences of Brexit
The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU, the Single Market and the Customs Union, created barriers to trade and cross-border exchanges that did not exist prior to 1 January 2021.

UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed)
The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is a new UK product marking that is used for goods being placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). It covers most goods which previously required the CE marking, known as ‘new approach’ goods.

The UKCA marking came into effect on 1 January 2021. However, to allow businesses time to adjust to the new requirements, you will still be able to use the CE marking until 1 January 2023 in most cases.
Technical requirements
Technical Documentation
The manufacturer shall draw up a written EU declaration of conformity for each product model and keep it at the disposal of the national authorities for 10 years after the pyrotechnic article has been placed on the market.

The technical documentation shall contain, wherever applicable, at least the following elements:
  • a general description of the pyrotechnic article
  • conceptual design and manufacturing drawings and schemes of components, sub-assemblies, circuits, etc.
  • descriptions and explanations necessary for the understanding of those drawings and schemes and the operation of the pyrotechnic article
  • a list of the harmonized standards
  • results of design calculations made, examinations carried out, etc.
  • test reports

For the certification of PAV, manufacturers select often the conformity assessment procedures Module B + Module D.

Module B: EU - type examination
EU - type examination is the part of a conformity assessment procedure in which a notified body examines the technical design of a pyrotechnic article and verifies and attests that the technical design of the pyrotechnic article meets the requirements of this Directive that apply to it.

For the certification of PAV, manufacturers select often the conformity assessment procedures Module B + Module D.

Module D: Production Quality Assurance
Manufacturer shall operate an approved quality system for production, final inspection and testing.
The Notified Body will carries out surveillance of the Quality System.

EU Declaration of Conformity
The EU declaration of conformity shall state that the fulfillment of the essential safety requirements set out in Directive 2013/29/EU has been demonstrated. It shall be translated into the language or languages required by the Member State in which the pyrotechnic article is placed or made available on the market.

By drawing up the EU declaration of conformity, the manufacturer shall assume responsibility for the compliance of the pyrotechnic article with the requirements laid down in this Directive.

CE Markings
The manufacturer shall affix the CE mark to each article of pyrotechnic composition which conforms to the type described in the EU Type Approval Certificate and which meets the applicable requirements of this Directive

CE marking shall  be comply with the requirements described in REGULATION (EC) No 765/2008.

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