The Pressure Equipment Directive, (PED), has established harmonised conditions for the first placing on the market and the first putting into service in the European Union of static pressure equipment. No member state may add technical requirements to equipment that has been marked with the CE mark as complying with the PED.
However, a substantial number of vessels are subsequently put into service in another country other than the country they were first put into service. This number has increased over the years because of the creation of the Single Market and the globalisation of the various market sectors. For the subsequent putting into service each EU member state is free to set up its own conditions of approval, for example, national in-service requirements. There is no mutual recognition of the periodic inspection performed in another country unlike equipment that complies with the Transportable Pressure Equipment Directive (TPED).
EIGA believes that action at Community level is the only possible way to harmonise the periodic inspection regimes of cryogenic vessels, their mutual recognition by the member states, repeated putting into service and repeated use aspects. EIGA also believes that the possibility of reassessing existing national static cryogenic vessels should be given such as is allowed for transportable pressure equipment, including gas cylinders and transportable cryogenic pressure vessels.
This Technical Bulletin replaces EIGA Position Paper 09.