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How to deal with the essential safety requirements of the EU directive in the placing on the market of pyrotechnic articles

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For manufacturers and importers that generally have to comply with a different regulation in each country to get technical approvals for their products the principle "tested once, accepted everywhere" is a great expectancy. The Directive 2007/23/EC [1] concerning the placing on the market and the use of pyrotechnic articles could fulfil those dealing with automotive occupant restraint systems (mainly airbags and seat belts pretensioners). By introducing harmonised Essential Safety Requirements (ESR) this new Directive offers the possibilities to replace the National approval procedures concerned by a single legal framework throughout the European Union (EU) for these pyrotechnic articles. Although this EU directive will reduce the administrative burden for everybody by introducing the CE marking and certification procedure, its substitution and application in replacement of the current National regulatory frameworks may create difficulties at the beginning. In this paper we present the different parts of the Directive specifically these concerning pyrotechnic devices for automotive safety and how to comply with it. As Notified Body and Official Laboratory in France INERIS has gained lot of experience in testing, certifying and approving explosives and pyrotechnic devices. In order to ease the understanding of the CE marking and certification procedure for automotive pyrotechnic articles, we suggest and give examples of known test procedures to cope with the Essential Safety Requirements (ESR).
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Lionel Aufauvre. How to deal with the essential safety requirements of the EU directive in the placing on the market of pyrotechnic articles. International Pyrotechnic Automotive Safety Symposium (IPASS), Nov 2007, Bordeaux, France. pp.173-181. ⟨ineris-00973278⟩

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