1 Quick Guide to Using N O I S E Summary Following Directive 2000/14/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 8 May 2000 concerning the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to the noise emission in the environment by equipment for use outdoors and throughout the Single Market, it is now a legal obligation for manufacturers to accompany their equipment with an EC declaration of conformity (DoC) saying that the equipment is in conformity with the provisions of this directive and any other pertinent directives. The Commission has developed a dedicated online tool for manufacturers (or their authorised representatives) to register their DoCs. This tool is available from a secured portal on the Web. I. PRELIMINARIES Register To the Portal NOISE is accessible through a secured Web portal. To gain access to the portal, you must follow a 3- step registration procedure: 1) Enter your address to request access 2) Respond to an automatic request confirmation 3) Login with the supplied password. To register to the portal: 1. Go to the Internet address: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/enterpriseportal 2. Enter your address in the box under Or register here. 3. Click Register. 4. You will now receive a message at your address. 5. You have 48 hours to open the message and click the supplied hyperlink to confirm your request. 6. As a result of the confirmation, you will receive another message containing your password to access the portal. Click the supplied hyperlink to complete the Login and Password boxes on the portal home page, and click Login. 1
2 Request Access to NOISE Once you have registered to the Web portal, you can request access to NOISE. To request access to NOISE: 1. Go to the Internet address: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/enterpriseportal If you need to change your role in the future: 1. Return to My Applications. 2. In the Change role column under the My DG Enterprise & Industry applications section, click the button next to your current Noise role: [Tip] Add this address to your Internet Explore Favourites: select Favorites > Add to favorites (Ctrl-D) 2. Enter your login information and click Login. 3. From the portal Home page, click the My applications hyperlink: 4. Click the Request Access button on the Noise line in the lower Available DG Enterprise & Industry applications. Box : Box : 3. Select the appropriate role and click Save. You can start using NOISE as soon as you receive your access confirmation by . All basic functions are described in the following pages. 5. Select you role Authorised Representative or Manufacturer, complete your personal information and click Save. You will shortly receive an message confirming your access to Noise. Once you have this message, you can start using NOISE as described below. 2
3 II. USING NOISE Starting NOISE To start NOISE: 1. Access the Web portal: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/enterpris e-portal 2. Click the NOISE hyperlink in the Applications section. Registering Technical Keepers Technical keepers need to be registered in NOISE if they are to be used on a DoC. To register a technical keeper: 1. Click the My technical keepers hyperlink. 2. Click at the top right of the technical keeper overview. 3. Enter all required details about the technical keeper, and click Save. The NOISE Interface The following illustrates the user interface of a use with a Manufacturer role in NOISE: Recording DoCs My technical keepers: Overview of all the people who keep the technical documentation for your equipment. My Docs Create, edit, save and sign declarations of conformity for your equipment. My manufacturers (available for users with an authorised representatives role only) Provide information about every manufacturer for which you (i.e. an authorised representative) may declare in NOISE. Electronic declarations of conformity include a full range of identification details and technical specifications about the equipment, as well as the date and place of declaration and directives concerned. This information can be prepared and saved temporarily, before being signed for submission to the Commission. To record a DoC: 1. Click the My DoCs hyperlink from the NOISE Home page. 2. Click at the top right of the DoC overview. 3. Complete the electronic DoC form with all required information as described in the following pages. 3
4 Certificate number Manufacturer Authorised Representative Technical Keeper The EC conformity certificate number as assigned by the Commission. This information appears only after the signed declaration was approved by the Commission. Name and address of the equipment manufacturer. Completed automatically with your company data if you registered as a manufacturer. A magnifier icon is available to select the manufacturer form a list, if you have an Authorisation Representative role in NOISE. Name and address of the manufacturer's autorised representative. Completed automatically with your data if you have registered as Authorisation Representative. A magnifier icon is available to select the Authorisation Representative form a list, if you have a manufacturer role in NOISE. Name and address of the person who keeps the technical documentation for the equipment. Use the magnifier icon to select from your list of technical keepers (if the appropriate technical keeper is not available in the list, first register it in the application as described p.3). Product Name/model Still produced Type/Serial No Equipment Category (As defined in the Directive) Measured Sound Power Level (Lp.m)(dB) Guaranteed Sound Power Level (Lp.g)(dB) Exact name, brand name or model number of the equipment. Check or uncheck the box to indicate whether the equipment is still produced. The type - and optionally, the serial number - of the equipment as given by the manufacturer. Click the magnifier icon to select the generic category of equipment as defined by Directive 2000/14/EC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to the noise emission in the environment by equipment for use outdoors. The A-weighted sound power level. To be reported to the nearest whole number. The guaranteed A-weighted sound power level determined in accordance with the requirements laid down in Annex III, which includes the uncertainties due to production variation and measurement procedures and where the manufacturer, or his authorised representative, confirms that according to the technical instruments applied and referred to in the technical documentation it is not exceeded. To be reported to the nearest whole number. 4
5 Noise related value Uncertainty K SigmaT Notified Body Place of declaration Directive(s) Procedure following Annex EU Member State submission Place Date Signed by Position in Company The value of the appropriate noise related parameter, and the corresponding unit as determined by the equipment category. For example, for a lawn mower, this may be the cutting width in cm; for a brush cutter, the installed power in kw; for a circular saw bench, the sawblade diameter in mm, etc. The uncertainty due to production variation and measurement procedures. This value is calculated taking into account the standard deviation, the confidence level and the coverage factor. This uncertainty is added to the measured sound power level value to establish the guaranteed value. The dispersion of the measured values around their average. Where appropriate, use the magnifier icon to select the name and address of the notified body involved. The place (city, country) where the declaration of conformity has been entered. Where appropriate, references of the other Community directives applied. Might include, for example, the low-voltage directive, machinery directive, EMC directive and pressure vessel directive. The conformity assessment procedure followed, i.e. - Annex VI (Procedure 1 applied: Eval.prior to placing on market ) - Annex VI (Procedure 2 applied: Eval. during production ) - Annex VII (Unit verification Annex VIII) - Annex VIII (Full Quality Assurance) The Member State that has submitted the declaration of conformity. The place and country where the declaration of conformity has been entered. Use the icon to select the date when the declaration of conformity has been entered. The first name and name of the declarant. Description of the declarant s legal position in the company. If some mandatory information is missing on the form, a warning is displayed: and the missing items are highlighted in orange for you to complete before saving/signing again: [Note] More information is required when you sign a DoC than when you save it as draft. Registering Manufacturers Users with an Authorised Representative profile in NOISE have the possibility to enter declarations of conformity for one or more manufacturers. Before they are able to do so, however, they need to register their manufacturers in NOISE. Once the manufacturer registration is approved by the Commission, they can start recording DoCs as described above. To register a manufacturer: 1. Click the My manufacturers hyperlink. 2. Click at the top right of the manufacturer overview. 3. Enter all required details about the manufacturer, and click Save. 4. Click either Save to save without submitting, or Sign to save and submit the declaration of conformity to the Commission. If all information has been entered as required, the DoC status changes to either Draft (Save), or Signed (Sign) pending acceptance by the Commission. The manufacturer is saved with the indication Waiting for approval pending the Commission s decision. Once approved, the manufacturer s status changes to Approved, and you can start recording DoCs for the manufacturer. 5
6 III. SUPPORT Questions, problems, suggestions: ENTR DIR-NOISE 6
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