During the “Personal Protective Equipment” workshop organized by the European Commission in November last year, the creation of a “Question-and-Answer section” on the transition between the PPE 89/686/EEC Directive and the PPE 2016/425 Regulation intended for the various economic operators had been mentioned. This section is now available on the European Commission’s website.
Among other things, it deals with the impact of the transition period defined in Article 47 of the Regulation for notified bodies and manufacturers. For example, in accordance with the information already published on EUROGIP infos, the fact that products in conformity with the PPE Directive can no longer be placed on the market after 21/04/2019 will make their manufacture obsolete. After then, only products in conformity with the PPE Regulation (and therefore having an EU Declaration of Conformity, and for PPE of categories II and III an EU type examination certificate) may be produced with a view to placing on the market.
To put it in a nutshell, manufacturing PPE in conformity with the Directive after 21 April 2019 would make no sense.