Activity Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is inviting laboratories to submit their tender to test climbing equipement under the EN 892:2012+A1:2016, EN 12275:2013, EN 12277:2015, EN 12492:2012, and EN 958 :2017 standard series.
Within the Joint Action 2016, which started in  September 2017 and will end in Feburary 2019, the climbing equipement is defined as: Dynamic Ropes, Connectors, Harnesses, Helmets, and Energy absorbing systems for use in klettersteig (via ferrata) climbing.

The purpose of the testing is to evaluate whether the climbing equipment concerned is safe and complies with the applicable requirements of the PPE Directive 89/686/EEC or the PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425, as the case may be.

More detailed information is provided within the formal Call for Tender, the Appendix 1 (which you need to return to us) and the PROSAFE General Conditions for Tender. Further details regarding the task and the selection procedure can be obtained from the Activity Coordinator.

Please note that quotations must be sent in hardcopy to PROSAFE Office (Avenue des Arts/Kunstlaan 41, 2nd floor, B-1040 Brussels, Belgium) and via email no later than 17 h 00 on 5 February 2018 (CET). Quotations received after the deadline will be rejected.

climbing equipments

The Joint Action 2016 (JA2016) will see work commence on personal protective equipment. Climbing equipment has been chosen as the first specific product class to be addressed during this JA2016 as a result of the general priority-setting exercise for the Joint Action carried out amongst the Member States.

This work will include surveillance activities, product testing, risk assessment of the products tested and eventual action needed to be taken. Appropriate test methods for the other products will be identified as needed depending on the products sampled. The participants will carry out coordinated market surveillance in their national markets. 

The work plan comprises 6 project meetings (including a 2-day meeting with the participation of stakeholders), testing of an estimated 210 products with the results being presented at the final conference of the Joint Action. This work will of course be closely coordinated with the groups working on standards concerning PPE tools. The Joint Action will support the work with the definition and checking of the test methods, the reproducibility of the tests, etc.

The participants

The 9 Member States involved in the project are: Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Latvia, Malata, Bulgaria, Iceland, Luxembourg, Norway. PROSAFE is the leader of this product activity.

climbing equipments

Work on Power Tools has begun within the framework of the Joint Action 2014 (JA2014).  Following a priority-setting exercise, the Member States decided to enforce the safety of the impact drills within the framework of the Joitn Action 2016 (JA2016).Woker  Impact drill

The work to be undertaken will include surveillance activities, product testing, risk assessment of the products tested and eventual action needed to be taken. Appropriate test methods for the other products will be identified as needed depending on the products sampled. The participants will carry out coordinated market surveillance in their national markets. The proposal comprises 6 project meetings (including a 2-day meeting with the participation of stakeholders), testing of an estimated 105 products with the results being presented at the final conference of the Joint Action.

This work will of course be closely coordinated with the groups working on standards concerning Power tools. The Joint Action will support the work with the definition and checking of the test methods, the reproducibility of the tests, etc.

The participants

The 7 Member States involved in this product activity are: Bulgaria, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Croatia, Latvia, and Malta. PROSAFE is the leader of the this working group. 

Due to the importance of this particular sector, houselhold electrical appliances are adressed for the second time in a Joint Action coordinated by PROSAFE. As a result of a priority-setting exercise initiated within the framework of JA2015, the Member States decided to focus their work on hair care products.

Hair StraighteneAs a part of the Joint Action 2016 (JA2016), this work will include surveillance activities, product testing, risk assessment of the products tested and eventual action needed to be taken. Appropriate test methods for the other products will be identified as needed depending on the products sampled. In addition, for these kind of products, it is of particular importance to know how the products are judged on LVD compliance by the manufacturer. Therefore, the EC declaration of conformity and the relevant parts of the Technical File (TF) will also be verified.

The participants will carry out coordinated market surveillance in their national markets. The work plan comprises 6 project meetings (including a 2-day meeting with the participation of stakeholders), testing of an estimated 105 products with the results being presented at the final conference of the Joint Action.Hair Drier

The participants

The 15 Member States involved in this product activity are the following: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Latvia, Malata, Slovakia, Sweden. Poland is the leader of the working group.

Toys are a class of product of significant importance. In this regard, following a priority-setting exercise carried out within the framework of the Joint Action 2015 (JA2015), the Member States  decided to address the safety of electrical toys.

This work will include surveillance activities, product testing, risk assessment of the products tested and eventual action needed to be taken. Appropriate test methods for the other products will be identified as needed depending on the products sampled. Electrical toys

The work plan envisages a joint market surveillance activity where the participants will carry out coordinated surveillance in their national markets. The activity comprises 6 project meeting (including a two-day kick-off meeting), laboratory testing of an estimated 215 products with the results being presented at the final conference of the Joint Action. In additional it is proposed to revise the priority list for toys to be tackled in future Joint Actions in the short to medium term. This list was last updated under JA2015.

The participants

15 Members states are involved in this product activity. They are: Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Malta, Slovakia, Sweden, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Iceland, Lithuania, Poland, and Spain. Cyprus is the leader of the project. 

Baby CarrierChild care articles (CCA) is a significant product group. Therefore, the Member States decided to foster the safety of two specific child care articles within the framework of the Joint Action 2016. Following a priority-setting exercise that was carried out within the Joint Action 2015, they decided to focus their work on baby carriers and cots. 

This work will include surveillance activities, product testing, risk assessment of the products tested and eventual action needed to be taken. Appropriate test methods for the other products will be identified as needed depending on the products sampled. The work plan envisages a joint market surveillance activity where the participants will carry out coordinated market surveillance in their national markets. The activity comprises 6 project meetings (including a 2-day kick-off meeting), laboratory testing of an estimated 80 baby carriers and 40 cots with the results being presented at the final conference of the Joint Action.Cots

Participants

The working group is led by the Belgian authorities. The other participants of this product activity are: Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Latvia, Malta, Croatia, Iceland, Lithuania, and Portugal.

Vacancy announcement - closed

PROSAFE is seeking to recruit a new Executive Director for a full-time position (38h/w), starting at 1st July 2018. Please read the vacancy notice here. Suitably qualified individuals are required to submit their CV, a letter of motivation and a description of your idea how to manage the Office in English before 31 December 2017 to nico.olie@prosafe.org. Please write in the email subject “<Name of the candidate> - Executive Director”.

JA2016 PPE Climbing equipment Invitation to express interest

In the framework of Joint Market Surveillance Action JA2016, an umbrella project coordinated by PROSAFE and co-funded by the European Union, one of the product activities focusses on climbing equipment (PPE). This activity involves 10 market surveillance authorities from EU and EEA Member States.

The project group will soon be meeting to select the categories of equipment to be sampled and tehn ent for testing. In order to provide input for the preparation of the call for tender, PROSAFE is issuing this invitation to test laboratories to express their interest and to provide the information set out in this file.

NOTE: It should be stressed that this invitation to express interest is not the call for tender.