The full title is Regulation (EU) 2016/425 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on Personal Protective Equipment, repealing Council Directive 89/686/EEC. This regulation came into force in the UK on 21st April 2018 under The Personal Protective Equipment (Enforcement) Regulations 2018.
This regulation replaced the previous directive known as the Personal Protective Equipment Directive 89/686/EEC, which was first enforced in the UN under Tbe Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992, and more recently under Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002
A transition period of a year was mandated to manufacturers and as of the end of April 2019, no more PPE can be sold or manufactured that does not comply with Regulation (EU) 2016/425. Where as under the old directive, employers had to ensure the correct suitability, provision, maintenance and use of PPE, the new regulation makes the whole supply chain accountable.
The regulation lays down requirements for the design and manufacture of personal protective equipment (PPE), which is to be made available on the market, in order to ensure protection of the healt and safety of users and establish rules on the free movement of PPE in the European Union.