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Certify silent products

Stichting Piek-Keur certified products are recognizable by the Component certificate sticker. This sticker has a unique number. This makes registration possible. Products such as a taillift, cooling machine, floor and roll container can only be certified if a sound measurement shows that the product meets the 62 dB(A) standard, for QuietTrucks the limit is 72 dB(A).

With the arrival of the Dutch Environmental Act, the limit for certifying of all products with the exception of the QuietTRUCK has been a maximum of 62 dB(A) since October 2022. This means that vehicle bodies can also be certified at a maximum of 62 dB(A). For QuietTRUCK, the limit remains at 72 dB(A) for drive noise and 67 dB(A) for the other items.

When applying for a Piek-Keur type-approval certificate, Piek-Keur checks the submitted measurement report drawn up by an independent expert and if this is approved, a type-approval certificate is issued. The product is then listed in the register. The supplier of the product may now certify identical products with the Component certificate sticker.
In anticipation of the introduction of the new limit of 62dB(A), applications for Piek-Keur type-approval certificates can already be submitted for products with a measurement result between 60 and 62 dB(A).

An application for a type-approval certificate can be submitted to the Piek-Keur Foundation.

How should a noise measurement be carried out?

Piek-Keur has described how a noise measurement should be carried out in the measurement protocol for measuring methods of the 2018 update.
It is also described which data must be included in the test report in any case. The text of the 2018 update has been clarified in the 'Measurement methods for piek noise during loading and unloading (update 2024)'.
Since March 1, 2019, the test report of new applications for type approvals must comply with the measurement methods of the 2018 update. From May 1, 2024, the test report of new applications for type approvals must comply with the Piek-Keur Measurement Methods for peak noise during loading and unloading (2024 update) .

Since January 1, 2014, Piek-Keur has charged costs for certifying a product.

Validity period for type approval certificates
Type approval certificates issued by Piek-Keur until the end of 2018 do not have an expiry date. This means the type approval certificates may be used until the product is modified.

New type approval certificates
As of 1-1-2019, new type approval certificates will be valid for a period of 6 years. Type approval certificates will expire six years after issue and products that were certified can no longer be sold as Piek-Keur certified.
To avoid expiration of the type approval certificate, a new application and test report must be submitted in a timely manner.
Existing type approval certificates

Many type-approval certificates have been issued in the course of Piek-Keurís existence, the oldest corresponding test reports dating back to the beginning of this century. These type approval certificates do not expire on 1-1-2019. Type approval certificates that have already been issued fall under transitional arrangements. The table below explains these arrangements. The date of the test report is respected in determining when the type approval certificate was issued.
Update December 22, 2022:
The Piek-Keur Foundation has reassess the future of the foundation in 2021. Due to the review the transitional arrangements has been changed.
In February 2022 it has been decided to re-adjust the validity of the oldest type approvals. From January 1, 2023, all type approvals of components issued before January 1, 2016 will expire. This gives companies sufficient time to recertify components whose validity shall expire. The end date of the validity of the type-approval of components, which is incorporated in a certified vehicle, does not affect the validity of that vehicle body. If a product is changed within the validity period, recertification is required.

Piek type approval certificates issued before                  Valid until

                 01-01-2016                                                            01-04-2023
                 01-01-2017                                                            01-01-2024
                 01-01-2018                                                            01-01-2025
                 01-01-2019                                                            01-01-2026

To avoid expiration of the type approval certificate, a new application and test report must be submitted in a timely manner.

Products issued
When the validity of a Piek-Keur type approval has expired, the product is no longer Piek-Keur certified and can therefore no longer be offered as such. Also, after the expiration date, the product will no longer be included in the Piek-Keur register and for that reason can no longer be used when certifying a vehicle (body) in a vehicle checklist.

If you have not yet applied for a new type approval, a type approval can be requested from the Piek-Keur foundation. This application must be accompanied by a test report.

Products and vehicles that have been certified on the basis of a type approval before the expiry date remain certified.
This can be compared to the introduction of vehicle requirements such as the Euro 6 standard, where vehicles that do not comply to those requirements still keep their registration.