The Transportable Pressure Equipment Directive [TPED]

Both the ADR and Directive 2010/35/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on Transportable Pressure Equipment (2010 TPED) are given effect in Ireland by means of the EC (Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment) Regulations 2011, S.I. 349 of 2011 (as amended).  The aim of the TPED is to promote the free movement of transportable pressure equipment (TPE) within the European Community.

The Health and Safety Authority has prepared a document which provides background and guidance in relation to the TPED.

Background and guidance to the TPED.pdf (size 598.9 KB)

This document covers different aspects of the TPED, including

  • Its background and history, including the transfer of parts of the 1999 TPED into the ADR,
  • Its scope, exclusions and the implementation dates for the various types of TPE,
  • What is required of conformity assessment bodies and inspection bodies for pressure receptacles and tanks,
  • Reassessment of conformity,
  • Pi marking of TPE, and
  • Market Surveillance

Conformity assessment bodies and inspection bodies must be notified to the Commission in accordance with Chapter 4 of the 2010 TPED. 

Such bodies must apply to the notifying authority to become a notified body. The procedure for applying for such notification is available from the Irish notifying authority which is the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment.

In Ireland notification is based on accreditation by the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB).

The market surveillance authority for the TPED in Ireland is the Health and Safety Authority.

There are currently 2 notified bodies in Ireland for TPED as shown in the table below. For activities covered by each notified body under their notification, see their schedule of accreditation on the INAB website.

Notified Body in Ireland for TPEDActivities covered under the notification 
Vertigo Inspection ROI Ltd t/a Irish Engineering ServicesINAB accreditation
Hartford Steam Boiler Ireland LtdINAB accreditation

Links to relevant directives