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European Union – Upcoming Standard Changes for Appliance Products

Upcoming standard changes for appliance products within the European standard (EN).


December 15, 2020

Written by: Ylenia Merli - EMEA Regulatory Program Expert

Harmonized Standards Dates of Withdrawal

Electrical equipment that is in conformity with a harmonized European standard (EN) cited in the Official Journal of the European Union may be presumed to be in conformity with the corresponding requirements of harmonization legislation.

New European harmonized standard editions or amendments become mandatory starting from the date of cessation of presumption of conformity of superseded standard as published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Generally, this date is the same as the date of withdrawal (DOW) as published in the individual superseding standards.

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.

Here is an overview of the recent and expected changes in harmonized standards.

EN IEC 63169:2020 DOW 2023-07-27 – New Standard

On August 7, 2020, the new standard EN IEC 63169:2020 Electrical household and similar cooling and freezing appliances - Food preservation has been published.

EN IEC 63169:2020 deals with a test to simulate the weight loss of leafy produce given certain conditions of temperature, humidity and air movement in one or more test zones. The test can only be applied to spaces larger than 200 mm × 150 mm ×100 mm (L × W × H). The aim of the test is to measure the weight loss rate by measuring the weight of a test tray prior to the test and after a given duration. Weight loss is one of the considerations for shelf life of produce.

EN 50440:2015/A1:2020 DOW 2023-06-17– New Standard

On August 21, 2020, the new standard EN 50440:2015/A1:2020 was published. This European standard specifies methods for measuring the performance of electric storage water heaters for the production of sanitary hot water for household and similar use. The object is to state and define the principal performance characteristics of electric storage water heaters and to describe the test methods for measuring these characteristics.

EN 50193 series DOW 2023-06-17 – New Amendments

On August 21, 2020, the following standards were published:

  • EN 50193-1:2016/A1:2020 Electric instantaneous water heaters - Methods for measuring the Performance - Part 1: General requirements
  • EN 50193-2-1:2016/A1:2020 Electric instantaneous water heaters - Part 2-1: Methods for measuring the performance - Multifunctional electric instantaneous water heaters
  • EN 50193-2-2:2016/A1:2020 Electric instantaneous water heaters - Part 2-2: Performance requirements - Single point of use electric instantaneous showers – Efficiency

EN 50193-1:2016/A1:2020 applies to electric instantaneous water heaters for domestic hot water heating for household and similar applications, which show both of the following characteristics:

  • Fulfilling at least one load pattern from Annex A
  • Heating up to temperatures below the boiling temperature. This European standard specifies terms, definitions and measurement methods for the assessment of energy efficiency. It does not take into account requirements regarding the safety of the appliances.

EN 50193-2-1:2016/A1:2020 applies to electrical instantaneous water heaters designed to operate as multifunctional appliances with electric rated power >2 kW. This European standard specifies tests for the assessment of the performance.

EN 50193-2-2:2016/A1:2020 applies to open outlet, single point of use, electric instantaneous water heaters intended for household or similar use for showering purposes without downstream mixing. This standard only specifies tests for the assessment of energy Template Ed. 3.0 - Issued: April 2020 efficiency. It does not apply to electrical instantaneous water heaters covered by other parts of this series of standards.

On July 31, 2020, with the implementing decision EU 2020/1146, the list of harmonized standards under Directive 2014/35/EU, with regard to electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits, has been amended.

The new standards published in the Official Journal of the European Union may be used by manufacturers in order to assess and declare the conformity to the regulation requirements of Directive 2014/35/EU. The publication in the official journal grant presumption of conformity.

Please be aware that it is an amendment and not the complete list.

The Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1146 of July 31, 2020, amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1956 regarding harmonized standards for certain household appliances, thermal links, equipment in cable networks for television signals, sound signals and interactive services, circuit breakers, arc quenching and welding, installation couplers intended for permanent connection in fixed installations, transformers, reactors, power supply units and combinations, electric vehicle conductive charging system, cable ties and management, control circuit devices, switching elements, emergency lighting, electronic circuits used with luminaires and discharge lamps.

This decision shall enter into force on the day of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union except for Point (1) of Annex I that shall apply on February 3, 2022

EN 60335-2- 24:2010/A11:2020 DOW 2023-06-03 – New Amendments

On September 4, 2020, the new standards EN 60335-2- 24:2010/A11:2020 were published.

EN 60335-2-24 deals with the safety of the following appliances:

  • Refrigerating appliances for household and similar use
  • Icemakers incorporating a motor-compressor and icemakers intended to be used in frozen food storage compartments
  • Refrigerating appliances and icemakers for use in camping, touring caravans and boats for leisure purposes

EN IEC 63252:2020 DOW 2023-08-17 – New standard

On September 4, 2020, the new standards EN IEC 63252:2020 were published. This new standard is equivalent to IEC 63252:2020.

EN IEC 63252:2020 defines methods for the measurement of energy consumption of vending machines, whether fitted with refrigerating appliances or not. The standard applies (but is not limited) to the following categories of machines:

  • Refrigerated closed-fronted can and bottle machines where the products are held in stacks
  • Refrigerated glass-fronted can and bottle, confectionery and snack machines
  • Refrigerated glass-fronted machines entirely for perishable foodstuffs
  • Refrigerated dual-temperature glass-fronted machines
  • Confectionery and snack machines that are not refrigerated
  • Combination machines consisting of two different categories of machine in the same housing and powered by one chiller

This document does not deal with any characteristics of machine design other than energy consumption. This new standard, EN IEC 63252:2020, supersedes EN 50597:2018.

EN IEC 61000- 6-8: 2020 DOW 2023-09-03 – New standard

On September 11, 2020, the new standard EN IEC 61000- 6-8: 2020 was published.

EN IEC 61000-6-8:2020 is equivalent to IEC 61000-6- 8:2020. This standard is a generic EMC emission standard and is applicable only if no relevant dedicated product or product family EMC emission standard has been published.

This part of IEC 61000 for emission requirements applies to electrical and electronic equipment intended for use in commercial and light industrial locations.

This document applies to equipment that satisfies the following restrictions of use:

  • Defined as professional equipment
  • Professionally installed and maintained
  • Not intended to be used in residential locations

EN 60335-2- 30:2009/A12:2020 DOW 2023-02-12 – New amendment

On September 25, 2020, the new standards EN 60335-2- 30:2009/A12:2020 were published.

EN 60335-2-30:2009/A12:2020 deals with the safety of electric room heaters for household and similar purposes, their rated voltage being not more than 250 V for single-phase appliances and 480 V for other appliances.

Examples of appliances that are included are:

  • Convection heaters
  • Fan heaters
  • Heaters for greenhouses
  • Liquid-filled radiators
  • Panel heaters
  • Radiant heaters
  • Tubular heaters
  • Ceiling mounted heat lamp appliances

This publication is to be read in conjunction with IEC 60335-1:2010.

EN 60034-18-42:2017/A1:2020 DOW 2023-09-22 – New amendment

On October 10, 2020, EN 60034-18-42:2017/A1:2020 Rotating electrical machines - Part 18-42: Partial discharge resistant electrical insulation systems (Type II) used in rotating electrical machines fed from voltage converters - Qualification tests were published.

EN 60034-18-42:2017/A1:2020 is equivalent to IEC 60034-18- 42:2017/A1:2020 (EQV). IEC 60034-18-42:2017+A1:2020 defines criteria for assessing the insulation system of stator/rotor windings of single or polyphase AC machines which are subjected to repetitive impulse voltages, such as those generated by pulse width modulation (PWM) converters and are expected to experience and withstand partial discharge activity during service. It specifies electrical qualification tests on representative specimens to verify fitness for operation with voltage-source converters. It also describes an additional classification system which defines the limits of reliable performance under converter-fed conditions.

EN IEC 62841-2-6:2020 DOW 2024-08-10 – New standard

On October 10, 2020, EN IEC 62841-2-6:2020 and EN IEC 62841-2-6:2020/A11:2020, Electric motor-operated hand-held tools, transportable tools and lawn and garden machinery - Safety - Part 2- 6: Particular requirements for hand-held hammers was published.

EN IEC 62841-2-6:2020 is equivalent to IEC 62841-2-6:2020. Tools covered by IEC 62841-2-6:2020 include percussion hammers and rotary hammers, including rotary hammers with the capability to rotate only with the percussion system disengaged (drill only mode). The rated voltage is not more than 250 V for single-phase AC or DC tools, and 480 V for three-phase AC tools. This document does not apply to drills and impact drills. It also does not apply to tools that are designed exclusively for driving fasteners, such as palm nailers.

How UL can help

We are expertly qualified to assist companies in demonstrating their products meet the essential requirements of EU directives and regulations and help customers achieve compliance testing according to the applicable harmonized standards.

In addition, we also provide product certification marks such as the D-mark, UL-EU and ENEC marks. Widely recognized throughout Europe, the D-mark, UL-EU and ENEC marks are voluntary for appliances and 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 a self-declaration.