Noise Regulations

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Directive adopted by the European Council in 1989 is to be superseded in April 2018 by a new PPE Regulation (EU)2016/425. The new regulation has been created to enhance consumer safety and ensure fair competition between companies who provide the best PPE for their sector. 

Changes made to this new Regulation include moving Hearing Protection from Category II to Category III. This category exclusively includes the risk that harmful noise may cause very serious consequences such as irreversible damage to health. The PPE Regulation does not apply to the armed forces or those in the maintenance of law and order. Health and Safety officers, from April 2018, must also make sure that the hearing protection products used by employees comply with the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulation (EU)2016/425. European standards have high status globally for being effective in setting performance levels and are used in many countries where they do not have their own product standards.

All ACS hearing protection products conform to these standards accordingly and hold EU Type Examination certification.   



ACS was one of the first UK companies to achieve the Module D certification as required by the new PPE Regulation. We welcomed auditors from the notified body to complete a company wide audit and passed with flying colours. You can rest assured that you are purchasing a fully compliant and certified product. 

Copies of our Module D certificate and certificates of conformity can be seen below. 


Module D Certificate


Certificates of Conformity


PRO15 Custom Earplugs

PRO17 Custom Earplugs

PRO20 Custom Earplugs

PRO26 Custom Earplugs

PRO27 Custom Earplugs

PRO Impulse Custom Earplugs


PRO26 Communicator

PRO27 Communicator


PACATO 16 Universal

PACATO 19 Universal

PRO Impulse Universal