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2.—(1) In these Regulations—

the 1974 Act” means the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 F1;

the 1978 Order” means the Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 F2

the 1987 Act” means the Consumer Protection Act 1987 F3;

the 1994 Regulations” means the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 F4;

[F5authorised representative” means a person established within the EU appointed in accordance with regulation 14 (manufacturer’s authorised representatives);]

CE marking” means a marking which takes the form set out in Annex II of RAMS (as amended from time to time);

the Directive” means Directive 2014/35/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on the harmonisation of the laws of the member States relating to the making available on the market of electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits F6;

distributor” means any person in the supply chain, other than the manufacturer or the importer, who makes electrical equipment available on the market;

district council” means a district council within the meaning of the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972 F7”;

economic operator” means a manufacturer, importer, distributor or authorised representative;

electrical equipment” means any electrical equipment to which these Regulations apply;

EU declaration of conformity” means a declaration of conformity required to be drawn up in accordance with regulation 6 (EU declaration of conformity and CE marking);

enforcing authority” means any person enforcing these Regulations under regulation 41 (enforcement);

harmonised standard” has the meaning given by Article 2(1)(c) of Regulation (EU) 1025/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on European standardisation, amending Council Directives 89/686/EEC and 93/15/EEC and Directives 94/9/EC, 94/25/EC, 95/16/EC, 97/23/EC, 98/34/EC, 2004/22/EC, 2007/23/EC, 2009/23/EC and 2009//105/EC of the European Parliament and the Council, and repealing Council Decision 87/95/EEC and Decision No 1673/2006/EC of the European Parliament and the Council F8 (as amended from time to time);

importer” means any person who—

(a)

is established within the EU; and

(b)

places electrical equipment from a third country on the EU market;

international safety provision” means a safety provision of a standard which has been published by the International Commission on the Rules for the Approval of Electrical Equipment or the International Electrotechnical Commission and which has been published in the Official Journal pursuant to Article 13 of the Directive;

making available on the market” means any supply of electrical equipment for distribution, consumption or use on the EU market in the course of a commercial activity, whether in return for payment or free of charge, and related expressions are to be construed accordingly;

manufacturer” means any person who—

(a)

manufactures electrical equipment, or has electrical equipment designed or manufactured; and

(b)

markets that electrical equipment under that person's name or trade mark;

“market surveillance authority”, in the United Kingdom, has the meaning set out in regulation 40 (designation of market surveillance authority);

Official Journal” means the Official Journal of the European Union;

placing on the market” means the first making available of electrical equipment on the EU market, and related expressions are to be construed accordingly;

principal elements of the safety objectives” means the principal elements of the safety objectives set out in Schedule 1;

RAMS” means Regulation (EC) 765/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 July 2008 setting out the requirements for accreditation and market surveillance relating to the marketing of products and repealing Regulation (EEC) No 339/93 F9;

recall” means any measure aimed at achieving the return of electrical equipment that has already been made available to the end-user;

relevant economic operator” means, in relation to electrical equipment, an economic operator with obligations in respect of that electrical equipment under these Regulations;

technical documentation” means the documentation referred to in paragraph 2 of Schedule 2;

technical specification” means a document that prescribes technical requirements to be fulfilled by electrical equipment;

weights and measures authority” means a local weights and measures authority within the meaning of section 69 of the Weights and Measures Act 1985 F10;

withdraw” means take any measure aimed at preventing electrical equipment in the supply chain from being made available on the market.

(2) In these Regulations, a reference to electrical equipment being “in conformity with Part 2” means that—

(a)the electrical equipment is in conformity with the principal elements of the safety objectives; and

(b)each relevant economic operator has complied, or is complying, in relation to the electrical equipment, with the obligations imposed on them under Part 2 of these Regulations which must be satisfied at or before the time at which they make the electrical equipment available on the market.

(3) In regulations 11 and 22 (monitoring), “risk” means a risk which could arise from lawful and readily predictable human behaviour.

(4) In the other provisions of these Regulations, “risk” means a risk—

(a)which could arise from lawful and readily predictable human behaviour; and

(b)which may result in harm to any of the following interests—

(i)the health and safety of persons;

(ii)domestic animals; or

(iii)property.

(5) (a) Subject to sub-paragraph (b), in these Regulations, a reference to a member State is to be read as a reference to an EEA State and references to the EU are to be read as references to the European Economic Area.

(b)Sub-paragraph (a) will not apply until the entry into force of any amendment made to Annex II (technical regulations, standards, testing and certification) to the EEA Agreement by a Decision of the EEA Joint Committee, inserting a reference to the Directive into that Annex.

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