Control Bodies and Notified Bodies
Control Bodies play an important safety role because they help ensure that users do not suffer the potential risks of products and industrial facilities.
To prevent and control possible risks, the government authorities, within their areas of competence, set industrial safety policies and regulate their requirements and the controls to perform during their design, implementation or production, their commissioning and during their useful life to ensure that the safety conditions are maintained.
Due to the nature of these risks, diverse European, national and regional regulations and directives provide for the participation of Control Bodies to verify compliance with the requirements in order to maintain a high level of safety.
Control Bodies currently operate in three regulatory environments:
- Under European regulations, the bodies that control the placing on the market of products posing risks to persons or the environment in Europe are known as Notified Bodies and act in accordance with the “New Approach” Directives and Regulations. They are in charge of controlling the proper use of CE marking. Lifts, petrol stations, cranes, personal protective equipment, products for construction, pyrotechnics, building products and boilers are just some of the products that must be controlled to guarantee safety.
- Domestic regulations: establish the need to conduct regular inspections to ensure the proper operation, maintenance and condition of industrial facilities posing a safety risk. Examples include electrical installations, lifts, pressure vessels, chemical storage, etc.
- Legal metrology, for which controls are put in place on measuring equipment that can affect the transparency of trading transactions, the health or safety of consumers and users, and the environment, to ensure reliable measurements. Scales, fuel pumps and meters (gas, water, electricity) are just some examples of equipment subject to these controls.
- To perform their activity, Control Bodies must obtain prior ENAC accreditation to confirm that they have the necessary competence and means to undertake their activities.
All ENAC documentation relative to accreditation criteria and procedures for inspection bodies is available in the DOCUMENTS section.
Examples of the areas of activity of Control Bodies
- Building products
- Pleasure craft
- Marine equipment
- Gas appliances
- Lifts and cranes
- Water boilers
- Pressure equipment
- Personal protective equipment
- Simple pressure vessels
- Gas appliances
- Electromagnetic compatibility
- Oil facilities
- Transportation of dangerous goods
- Fire safety
- Storage and distribution of containers of Liquefied Petroleum Gas
- Transport of perishable goods