Appliances Fifth Edition General International Safety Standard

Recently, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) officially released the fifth edition of the general international safety standard for home appliances - "IEC 60335-12010 Household and Similar Electrical Appliances Part I: General Requirements", and recommended that all member states publish in the standard Start execution within 1 to 3 years from date. Compared with the fourth edition, the new version of the standard focuses on changes and updates in terms of insulation requirements, flame resistance and heat resistance. According to statistics from the China Household Electrical Appliances Association, China exported 30.81 billion U.S. home appliance products in 2009, nearly 200 billion yuan. The implementation of this standard will have a wide range of impacts.

From the perspective of the content changes of the new standard, the focus has been changed and updated in six aspects of insulation requirements, flame resistance and heat resistance, which are consistent with the latest version of the normative references, and the functional safety of programmable circuits has been revised. Requirements, including software validation requirements, while converting some of the comments into normative clauses and clarifying requirements for Class III appliances and Class III structures. In addition, the highlight of the new version of the standard is the first mention of the adoption of the United States UL60335 series of standards, which is a landmark move in the global appliance safety standards from the IEC and ANSI/UL two separatists to the global unified transformation. This move will further reduce global technical trade measures and facilitate the circulation of household appliances.

Judging from the implementation date of the new standard, the International Electrotechnical Commission recommends that each member state implement the standard content as early as 12 months from the date of release of the standard and 36 months from the date of release of the standard, but it does not rule out Foreign importers require exporting companies to carry out certification and production according to the new standard in advance.

At present, because most of China’s household electrical appliances are mainly exported to IEC member countries, and in the context of global procurement and production integration, non-IEC member countries often refer to IEC standards to assess the safety performance of household electrical appliances. Therefore, the requirements of the IEC standard have become the basic requirements that must be satisfied for exporting home appliances. The inspection and quarantine department recommended that relevant companies organize technical personnel to study the new version of the standard in advance, seize the first-mover advantage, grasp the new requirements as soon as possible, and modify or design products that meet the requirements of the new standard. Quality supervision departments and testing and certification agencies should also compare the contents of the new and old version standards as soon as possible, issue corresponding differences reports and response measures, and promptly advertise to the majority of exporting household appliance enterprises in order to achieve a smooth transition after the implementation of the new standard.