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Ecodesign requirements — welding equipment

Ecodesign requirements — welding equipment



Regulation (EU) 2019/1784 — laying down ecodesign requirements for welding equipment


  • It sets out ecodesign* requirements for the placing on the market or the putting into service of electrical mains-operated welding equipment.


  • It lists the welding processes to which the regulation applies and those to which it does not.
  • The ecodesign requirements are set out in Annex II, and include:
    • minimum efficiency levels for the power source used;
    • maximum ‘idle state’ (similar to standby) power consumption;
    • non-energy-related requirements to make it easier to repair, disassemble, prolong the useful lifetime of and reuse welding equipment and components, including
      • making spare parts available to professional repairers for a minimum period of 10 years
      • making specified repair and maintenance information freely available to professional repairers via the website of the manufacturer of the welding equipment, the importer or authorised representative.
  • The regulation sets out the conformity assessment procedure, and in Annex III the measurement methods and calculations to be followed based, where available, on harmonised standards adopted by the European standardisation organisations.
  • National authorities must apply the verification procedures laid down in Annex IV when carrying out market surveillance checks.
  • Manufacturers, importers or their authorised representatives must not offer for sale products which can detect when they are being tested and change their performance accordingly.
  • Annex V sets out indicative benchmarks for the best-performing products and techniques available on the market in terms of power source efficiency and maximum idle state power consumption.
  • The European Commission must review the regulation in the light of technological progress and present its results, including, if appropriate, a draft revision proposal no later than 14 November 2024.


It applies from 1 January 2021.


Directive 2009/125/EC establishes a framework to set ecodesign requirements for energy-related products. The Commission must set these for products which are widely sold and traded in the EU and have a significant environmental impact.

For more information, see:


Ecodesign: Policy to improve, through better design, products’ environmental performance throughout their life cycle, especially their energy efficiency.


Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/1784 of 1 October 2019 laying down ecodesign requirements for welding equipment pursuant to Directive 2009/125/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 272, 25.10.2019, pp. 121-135)


Communication from the Commission — Ecodesign Working Plan 2016-2019 (COM(2016) 773 final, 30.11.2016)

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions — Closing the loop — An EU action plan for the Circular Economy (COM(2015) 614 final, 2.12.2015)

Regulation (EU) No 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 of the Council and repealing Council Decision 87/95/EEC and Decision No 1673/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 316, 14.11.2012, pp. 12-33)

Successive amendments to Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012 have been incorporated into the original document. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

Directive 2012/19/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2012 on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) (OJ L 197, 24.7.2012, pp. 38-71)

See consolidated version.

Directive 2009/125/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 establishing a framework for the setting of ecodesign requirements for energy-related products (OJ L 285, 31.10.2009, pp. 10-35)

See consolidated version.

last update 29.01.2020