Pressure equipment directive

Government department lead

BIS (Business, Innovation &Skills) for guidance on policy (previously BERR and DTI) and HSE for enforcement.


The Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) (97/23/EC) came fully into force in May 2002. It is implemented in the UK by the Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016.

Main provisions

The Directive covers the placing on the European Market or putting into service of pressure equipment and assemblies with a maximum allowable pressure PS greater than 0.5 bar. Pressure equipment means vessels, piping, safety accessories and pressure accessories. Assemblies means several pieces of pressure equipment assembled to form an integrated, functional whole.

Next steps

Reports from the Working Group Pressure (WGP) can be found at European Commission product directives.

One of the main topics for the WGP is the European Commission's proposal to align the Pressure Equipment (PED) and Simple Pressure Vessels (SPV) Directives to the New Legislative Framework (NLF).


Updated 2021-06-08