As for the instructions for use as such general harmonised standards do not exist up to now. Commonly used standards for products instructions are:
- IEC 82079-1 Preparation of instructions for use
- ISO/IEC Guide 37:2012 – Instructions for use of products by consumers

ISO/IEC Guide 37 does not provide information covering each case. It offers guidance to the interested parties in the form of general principles and detailed recommendations on the design and the formulation of the instructions necessary or helpful to the user of consumer products. 

The Blue Guide is intended to contribute to a better understanding of EU product legislation and to its more uniform and coherent application across different sectors and throughout the single market. It is addressed to the Member States and to those who need to be informed of the provisions designed to ensure the free circulation of products as well as a high level of protection throughout the European Union

The CEN standards harmonised under Directive 89/686/EEC identifies these 3 types of accident prevention footwear in EN ISO 20345:2011, EN ISO 20346:2014 and EN ISO 20347:2012.

EN ISO 20345:2011 -Personal protective equipment - Safety footwear

ISO 20345 specifies basic and additional (optional) requirements for safety footwear used for general purpose. Specifically, the footwear protects the wearer’s toes against injury from falling objects and crushing. The impact protection (falling objects) provided is 200 Joules and the compression protection (crushing) provided is 15 kN (1530 kg). Additional protective features can be provided in the footwear and are identified by additional markings on the product.

On 26 February 2014 an “Alignment Package” consisting of eight directives was published in the OJEU on 29 March 2014.

The legal acts composing the New Legal Framework (NLF) package were published in the OJEU L 218/82 on 13 August 2008. The NLF package is the modernization of the New Approach for marketing products to strengthen the application of the internal market legislation.