Horizontal Committee (HC)

The Horizontal Committee consists of representatives from all notified bodies in the area of PPE; the Vertical Groups; national coordination groups; representatives from candidate countries; observers / guests from DG Enterprise and DG‚ Social Affairs‘ of the European Commission, the PPE Expert Group, the EFTA secretariat, CEN/CENELEC, manufacturers‘ federations. A current overview of all notified bodies under the PPE Directive can be found under the following link at the website of the European Commission: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/newapproach/nando/index.cfm?fuseaction=directive.notifiedbody&dir_id=6

At their meetings approximately once a year the Horizontal Committee discusses all questions of a horizontal nature relating to the involvement of notified bodies in the certification of Personal Protective Equipment as laid down in the PPE directive.

Solutions are proposed on technical issues and recommended for use by all notified bodies under the form of ‚Recommendations for Use‘ which are submitted to the PPE Expert Group for approval, and published by the European Commission on their website http://ec.europa.eu/growth/sectors/mechanical-engineering/personal-protective-equipment/index_en.htm.

Those ‚Recommendations for Use‘ published on this website reflect the status of horizontal RfUs approved by the Horizontal Committee members. They are not approved by the PPE Expert Group.

For a detailed description of the approval procedure of horizontal Recommendation for Use sheets see the file below. 

Approval procedure HC RfUs
Category: Horizontal Committee