Article by Elena Andreula (UL EMEA Regulatory Program Expert), originally featured in Lumen Insights
Electrical equipment in compliance with a harmonized European Standard (EN) cited in the Official Journal of the European Union shall be presumed to be in compliance with the corresponding requirements of harmonization legislation.
New European harmonized standard editions or amendments become mandatory starting from the Date of Withdrawal (DOW) of the superseded standard. This date marks the end of the period during which both the old and the new version of the standard can be used to claim ‘presumption of conformity’ to the essential requirements of the relevant directive. After that date, ‘presumption of conformity’ can no longer be claimed for a product manufactured according to the old version of the standard.Below is an overview of the recent changes in harmonized standards:
Starting from the 23rd of February 2021, the new amendment A1:2018 of EN 60598-1:2015 becomes mandatory.
The new amendment contains many modifications. The most significant changes are as follows:
Starting from the 30th of March 2021, the new edition of EN 60598-2-4:2018 becomes mandatory and replaces EN 60598-2-4:1997.
Moreover, in this new edition all requirements listed in IEC 60598-2-7 have been incorporated. As a consequence, EN 60598-2-7 will be withdrawn.
This standard specifies requirements for portable general purpose luminaires for indoor and/or outdoor use (e.g. garden use), other than handlamps, designed to be used with or incorporating electrical light sources on supply voltages not exceeding 250 V.
This edition includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the previous edition:
Starting from the 23rd of March 2021, EN 60598-2-17:2018 becomes mandatory and replaces EN 60598-2-17:1989/A2:1991.
This standard specifies requirements for stage, television, film and photographic studio luminaires (including spot and floodlighting projectors) for indoor and outdoor use, with electric light sources on supply voltages not exceeding 1000 V.
This new edition includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the previous edition:
UL is expertly qualified to help companies demonstrate that their products meet the essential requirements of harmonized legislation through compliance testing according to the applicable harmonized standards.
In addition, UL also certifies products according to the ENEC and ENEC+ marks.
Widely recognized throughout Europe, the ENEC and ENEC+ marks are voluntary for luminaires, and they demonstrate compliance of products with harmonized European standards, verified by an independent third party. Therefore, they could be complementary marks to the mandatory CE Marking, which is based on self-declaration.
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