PPE in Categories II and III requires that a third party participates in the conformity assessment before the equipment can be placed on the market. More specifically, this third party refers to the notified body.
Notified bodies are inspection bodies approved and supervised by EU member states. These bodies are authorised to carry out EU-type examinations or otherwise verify that a product complies with the relevant requirements. Information on the notified bodies can be found on the NANDO website of the European Commission.
In Finland, the notified body for PPE is SGS Fimko Oy.