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European Union – Upcoming Standard Changes for Appliances Products

April 3, 2018

By: Elena Andreula / UL EMEA Regulatory Program Expert

Harmonized Standards Dates of Withdrawal

Electrical equipment in conformity with a harmonized European Standard (EN) cited in the Official Journal of the European Union shall 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European harmonized standard editions or amendments become mandatory starting from the Date of Withdrawal (DOW) of the superseded standard.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 and expected changes in harmonized standards.

EN 60335-1:2012/A12:2017/A13:2017 DOW 2020-05-03 – New Amendments

The principal change concerns Annex ZZ that has been added so that the standard can be listed in the Official Journal of the European Union under the New Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU, which came into force in April 2016, and the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. This aligns the standard with the new legislative framework of the Low Voltage Directive.

EN 60335-2-6: 2015 DOW 2018-02-09 supersedes EN 60335-2-6:2003/A11/A12/A13/A1/A2

EN 60335-2-6 deals with the safety of stationary electric cooking ranges, hobs, ovens and similar appliances for household use, their rated voltage being not more than 250 V for single-phase appliances connected between one phase and neutral, and 480 V for other appliances. This Standard also includes some requirements for ovens that are intended to be used on board ships.

The principal changes in this edition are as follows:

  • introduction of requirements for steam ovens;
  • introduction of requirements for ovens intended for use on board ships;
  • clarified requirements for oven shelve construction and test;
  • introduction of optional values for the accessible surface temperatures of ovens;
  • introduction of stabilizing means including warnings;
  • clarified representative periods for various appliances (Clause 10);
  • introduction of a spillage test for built-in under-bench ovens.

EN 60335-2-25:2012/A2:2016 DOW 2018-12-28 – New Amendment

60335-2-25 deals with the safety of microwave ovens for household and similar use, their rated voltage being not more than 250 V. This standard also deals with combination microwave ovens.

A2 contains the following changes:

  • Include dated reference to EN 60335-2-6: 2015
  • Add compliance options for outer glass panels of microwave oven doors that break during the test of 21.104
  • Revised routine tests conditions in Annex A
  • Revised marking requirements for microwave ovens to be used on board ships (Annex BB)

EN 60335-2-34:2013 DOW 2018-06-27 supersedes EN 60335-2-34:2002/A1/A2

EN 60335-2-34 deals with the safety of sealed (hermetic and semi-hermetic type) motor-compressors, their protection and control systems, if any, which are intended for use in equipment for household and similar purposes and which conform with the standards applicable to such equipment. It applies to motor-compressors tested separately, under the most severe conditions that may be expected to occur in normal use, their rated voltage being not more than 250 V for single-phase motor-compressors and 480 V for other motor-compressors. This standard does not supersede the requirements of standards relevant to the particular appliance in which the motor-compressor is used. However, if the motor-compressor type used complies with this standard, the tests for the motor-compressor specified in the particular appliance standard may not need to be made in the particular appliance or assembly. If the motor-compressor control system is associated with the particular appliance control system, additional tests may be necessary on the final appliance.

EN 60335-2-35:2016 DOW 2018-10-12 supersedes EN 60335-2-35:2002/A1/A2

EN 60335-2-35 deals with the safety of electric instantaneous water heaters, for household and similar purposes, intended for heating water below boiling temperature. The rated voltage of these water heaters being not more than 250 V for single-phase appliances and 480 V for other appliances. The principal changes are as follows:

  • converted notes to normative text (7.12, 7.102, 8.1.5, 22.104, and 22.109.3);
  • deleted notes in 19.13, 22.109, and A.101;
  • added Annex R and 22.108 for appliances with programmable electronic circuits and added requirements for water heaters (22.50, 22.51). The attention of National Committees is drawn to the fact that equipment manufacturers and testing organizations may need a transitional period following publication of a new, amended or revised EN publication in which to make products in accordance with the new requirements and to equip themselves for conducting new or revised tests. It is the recommendation of the committee that the content of this publication be adopted for implementation nationally not earlier than 12 months or later than 36 months from the date of publication.

EN 60335-2-58:2005/A2:2015 DOW 2018-12-18

60335-2-58 deals with the safety of electrically operated dishwashing machines for washing plates, dishes, glassware, cutlery and similar articles, with or without means of heating water or drying, not intended for household use. The rated voltage being not more than 250 V for single-phase appliances connected between one phase and neutral and 480 V for other appliances. Appliances within the scope of this standard are used in restaurants, canteens, hospitals, and commercial enterprises such as bakeries, butcheries, etc.

Principal changes are as follows:

  • This amendment includes additional requirements for appliances that are controlled by programmable electronic circuits
  • Revised Annex AA relevant to detergent and rinsing agent
  • Revised Annex BB relevant to “Aging test for elastomeric parts”
  • Revised Annex CC relevant to “Requirements to avoid backsiphonage”

EN 60335-2-58:2005/A12:2016 DOW 2019-01-22 – New Amendments

This European amendment included the following:

  • Mandates the application of the part 2-58 in conjunction with EN 60335-1:2012
  • Contains specific requirement to provide a means of conforming to essential safety requirements of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.
  • Adds Annex ZZ relevant to “coverage of Essential Requirements of EU Directives”

EN 60335-2-89:2010/A1:2012 DOW 2019-02-12 and 60335-2-89:2010/A2:2015 DOW 2020-07-03 – New Amendments

60335-2-89:2010+A1:2012 specifies safety requirements for electrically operated commercial refrigerating appliances that have an incorporated compressor or that are supplied in two units for assembly as a single appliance in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions (split system).

The principal changes in the edition are as follows:

  • aligns the text with IEC 60335-1 and its Amendments 1 and 2;
  • introduces requirements for appliances using transcritical refrigerant systems;
  • introduces an enhanced flexing test.

EN 60335-2-102:2016 DOW 2019-01-22 Supersedes EN 60335-2-102:2006 EN 60335-2-102:2006 / A1:2010

This European Standard deals with the safety of gas, oil and solid-fuel burning appliances having electrical connections, their rated voltage being not more than 250 V for single-phase appliances and 480 V for other appliances.

This edition includes the following significant technical changes:

  • a spillage test is introduced for appliances that have a flat surface on which a cup may be placed (15.101);
  • terms and definitions were renumbered and some notes have been converted to normative text or deleted (19.11.2, 22.103).
  • This publication has been drafted in accordance with the ISO/IEC Directives,
  • Part 2. This part 2-102 is to be used in conjunction with the latest edition of IEC 60335-1 and its amendments. It was established on the basis of IEC 60335-1:2010, its Amendment 1:2013 and its Amendment 2:2016.

How UL can help

UL is expertly qualified to assist companies in demonstrating their products meet the essential requirements of harmonized legislation and help customers achieve compliance testing according to applicable harmonized standards.

In addition, UL certifies products according to the D-mark and UL-EU marks. Widely recognized throughout Europe, the D-mark and UL-EU marks are voluntary for appliances 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 a self-declaration.

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These updates are for information purposes only and are not intended to convey legal or other professional advice.