Outdoor Noise Directive

The Outdoor Noise Directive 2000/14/EC sets out both noise limits and labelling requirements for a number of types of machines intended for outdoor use. It covers 57 types of equipment used outdoors; 22 are subject to noise limits in terms of A-weighted overall sound power, and 35 are subject to noise declaration. The noise limits were progressively applied in 2 stages, on 3 January 2002 (Stage 1) and 3 January 2006 (Stage 2). The directive was amended by Directive 2005/88/EC and the European Commission is currently preparing a revision on the basis of the NOMEVAL report on the directive and impact assessment conducted by TNO on behalf of the European Commission, published respectively at the end of 2007 and beginning of 2009, and further industry consultation and comments. A Commission proposal for a revised directive is expected mid-2010. FEM is very active in contributing to the work of the Commission in preparing for a revised directive.