• Gossen Metrawatt
  • Camille Bauer

Implementation of standards EN 50678 and EN 50699

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

 

DIN EN 50678 und DIN EN 50699

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EN 50678: 2020 03

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:

  • Type tests, routine tests, acceptance tests for product safety requirements
  • Devices and equipment that are part of fixed electrical installations
  • Audio / video, information and communication technology equipment
  • Uninterruptible power supply (UPS)
  • Charging stations for electromobility
  • Power supply units
  • Programmable logic controllers (PLC)
  • Drives
  • Devices for potentially explosive atmospheres or for mining applications in general
  • Products already covered by standards and related to similar topics, e g medical equipment subject to IEC 60601-1 (covered by IEC 62353)
  • Arc welding equipment subject to IEC 60974-1 (covered by IEC 60974-4)

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
Denmark DS www.ds.dk DS/EN 50678:2020
Estonia EVS www.evs.ee EVS-EN 50678:2020
Finland SESKO www.sesko.fi SFS-EN 50678:2020:en
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
Netherlands NEN www.nen.nl NEN-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

www.bsigroup.com

BS EN 50678:2020

EN 50699: 2020 11

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:

  • Testing and repair defined in DIN EN 50678 (VDE 0701)
  • Type tests, routine tests, random tests, special tests, acceptance tests for product safety requirements and product
    function requirements
  • Equipment for potentially explosive atmospheres or for mining applications in general
  • Products already covered by standards and related to similar topics, e g medical equipment subject to IEC 60601-1
  • Arc welding equipment subject to IEC 60974-1 (covered by IEC 60974-4)
  • Power drives
  • Uninterruptible power supply (UPS)
  • Charging stations for electromobility
  • Programmable logic controllers (PLC)

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    
Denmark DS/EN 50699:2020 2020-11-23 English    
Estonia EVS-EN 50699:2020 2020-12-01 English EVS Teataja 2020-12-01 2020-12-01
Finland SFS-EN 50699:2020:en 2020-12-04      
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
Netherlands NEN-EN 50699:2020 2020-12-01 English    
Norway EN 50699:2020 2021-12-01      
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
Spain UNE-EN 50699:2020 2021-01-01 Spanish    
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    

CENELEC

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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