Since March 2020 and November 2020, the new standards EN 50678 and EN 50699 have been published. These standards are to be regarded as support for compliance with the European Directive for Occupational Safety 2009/104/EU on minimum safety and health requirements for the use of work equipment by employees at work. Due to different areas of application at national level, both standards have now been adapted to the European directives.
There is an obligation to adopt European standards as national standards, which is accompanied by the withdrawal of conflicting national standards. The adoption of European standards as national standards must take place in all 34 European member countries of CENELEC, although the actual application of the standards remains voluntary. The aim is to increase uniformity with regard to standards in Europe in order to strengthen the European single market and reduce non-tariff barriers to trade.
Due to the different areas of application of the national standards, the committees formed two standards within CENELEC during the drafting process:
EN 50678 – Tests after repair
EN 50699 – Tests within the scope of periodic testing
Different transition periods apply in each case for the implementation of the new national standards now being created in the respective countries. Testing
Testing of portable devices with SECUTEST
Verification of the effectiveness of protective measures of electrical equipment after repair
In March 2020, *EN 50678 : 2020 03 „General procedure for verifying the effectiveness of the protective measures of electrical equipment after repair“ was published by CENELEC. The standard describes test methods to demonstrate the
effectiveness of the basic protective measures for electrical equipment after repair, thus ensuring the safety of persons carrying out repairs on electrical equipment and of persons using repaired equipment. Thus , the requirements of the new standard are aimed at ensuring that the essential protective measures continue to function after a piece of equipment has been repaired.
This standard applies to equipment that is plugged in or permanently connected to final circuits with a rated voltage of more than 25 V AC and 60 V DC up to 1000 V AC and 1500 V DC, and currents up to 63 A.
This standard applies to all electrical equipment except:
Implementation of EN 50678 in National Standards
|Country||National Organization||Website||National Reference|
|Belgium||NBN||http://www.nbn.de||NBN EN 50678:2020|
|Croatia||HZN||www.hzn.hr||HRN EN 50678:2020|
|Cyprus||CYS||www.cys.org.cy||CYS EN 50678:2020|
|France||AFNOR||www.afnor.org||NF EN 50678|
|Island||IST||www.stadlar.is||ÍST EN 50678:2020|
|Ireland||NSAI||www.nsai.ie||I.S. EN 50678:2020|
|Italy||CEI||www.ceinorme.it||CEI EN 50678:2020|
|Latvia||LVS||www.lvs.lv||LVS EN 50678:2020|
|Lithuania||LST||www.lsd.lt||LST EN 50678:2020|
|Malta||MCCAA||www.mccaa.org.mt||SM EN 50678:2020|
|Norway||NEK||www.nek.no||NEK EN 50678:2020|
|Serbia||ISS||www.iss.rs||SRPS EN 50678:2020|
|Switzerland||Electrosuisse||www.electrosuisse.ch||SN EN 50678:2020|
|Spain||CTN 82/SC 4||www.une.org||UNE-EN 50678:2021|
|United Kingdom||BSI||BS EN 50678:2020|
Periodic inspection of the effectiveness of the protective measures of electrical equipment
The new EN 50699: 2020 11 was published by CENELEC in November 2020. It is officially entitled „Periodic inspection for electrical equipment“.
This standard applies to equipment that is connected via a plug or that is permanently connected to final circuits with a rated voltage of more than 25 V AC and 60 V DC up to 1000 V AC and 1500 V DC and currents up to 63 A.
This standard applies to all electrical equipment except:
Implementation of EN 50699 in National Standards
|Country||National Reference Date||Date||Language||National Journal||Datum|
|Belgium||NBN EN 50699:2020||2020-12-17||English||2/2021||2021-02-09|
|Bulgaria||BDS EN 50699:2021||2021-04-15||English||3/2021||2021-04-15|
|Croatia||HRN EN 50699:2020||2020-12-31||English||HZN e-Glasilo 12/2020||2020-12-31|
|Cyprus||CYS EN 50699:2020||2020-12-18||English|
|Estonia||EVS-EN 50699:2020||2020-12-01||English||EVS Teataja 2020-12-01||2020-12-01|
|Greece||ELOT EN 50699:2020||2020-11-20|
|Iceland||ÍST EN 50699:2020||2020-12-15||English||2020-12-15|
|Ireland||I.S. EN 50699:2020||2020-12-07||English|
|Latvia||LVS EN 50699:2021||2021-02-25||English|
|Lithuania||LST EN 50699:2021||2021-01-29||English|
|Luxembourg||ILNAS-EN 50699:2020||2021-05-25||French||Mémorial A N° 394||2021-05-25|
|Malta||SM EN 50699:2020||2020-12-15||English||20538||2020-12-15|
|Portugal||NP EN 50699:2020||2020-12-07||English||Publicação Oficial de 2020-12||2020-12-15|
|Romania||SR EN 50699:2021||2021-02-04||English, French, German||BS 03.2021|
|Slovakia||STN EN 50699||2021-04-01||English||Vestnik UNMS SR 03/2021||2021-03-29|
|Sweden||SS-EN 50699, utg 1:2021||2021-02-17|
|Switzerland||SN EN 50699:2020||2021-02-11|
|Turkey||TS EN 50699||2021-02-15||English|
|United Kingdom||BS EN 50699:2020||2021-03-05||English|
|Moldova, Republic of||SM EN 2998:2018||2018-05-10||English|
The European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization,
French: Comité Européen de Normalisation Électrotechnique (CENELEC),
English: European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization,
is one of the three major standardization organizations in Europe. CENELEC is a private association under Belgian law and is responsible for European standardization in the field of electrical engineering. Together with CEN and ETSI, the three organizations are responsible for standardization in Europe.
As already pursued by CENELEC since 1972, the objective of CENELEC has been the harmonization of national standards in the individual member countries through the uniform introduction of European standards.
CENELEC creates market access at both European and international level by adopting international standards wherever possible through close cooperation with the International Electrotechnical Commission (under the Frankfurt Agreement. In an increasingly global economy, CENELEC promotes innovation and competitiveness and makes technology available industry-wide through the creation of voluntary standards.
CENELEC members are the national electrotechnical committees of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Northern Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
The new test instrument generation SECUTEST ST has already been provided for the new standards. The customer can already download test sequences for the two new standards via myGMC. Implementation in the device is planned for the 3rd quarter of 2021. For both new standards, posters with test sequences have been created for training and further education.
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