Simple Pressure Vessels (Safety) Regulations 2016 (SPV(S)R)

SPV(S)R sets out 'essential requirements' (for example, for safety), written in general terms, which must be met before products are placed on the market in the UK. Standards fill in the detail and are the main way for businesses to meet the 'essential requirements'. The Regulations also say how manufacturers are to show that products meet the 'essential requirements'.

Products meeting the requirements are to be appropriately marked and carry the UKCA marking which should mean that they can be supplied in the UK, provided they are safe. CE marked products will continue to be accepted in Great Britain until 31st December 2022. For more information read Placing work equipment and machinery on the market after Brexit.

The Simple Pressure Vessels (Safety) Regulations 2016 has been subsequently amended by Schedule 21 of The Product Safety and Metrology (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020.

Simple pressure vessels have the following characteristics or limitations:

Additionally, vessels consist of either of the following:


SPV(S)R does not apply:

Schedule 1 of SPV(S)R details the essential safety requirements that qualifying vessels must satisfy. It also gives details of how the vessels should be categorised, the technical requirements to be satisfied, and the conformity assessment procedures to be followed.

Updated: 2021-12-01