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EU changes direction on EN ISO 13849 – 1

In a post on 15-Sep I repor­ted that the European Uni­on had decided to delay the man­dat­ory imple­ment­a­tion date of  EN ISO 13849 – 1 for an addi­tion­al three years. This report was based on inform­a­tion obtained from an intern­al source at the European Com­mis­sion and has since been reversed by that same source.

Mr. Glyn Garside provided the fol­low­ing update to this import­ant story:

It has been widely repor­ted, but nev­er con­firmed, that the EU com­mis­sion had accep­ted the CEN pro­pos­al to extend the date of ces­sa­tion of pre­sump­tion of con­form­ity of EN 954 – 1:1996 until the end of 2012. THESE REPORTS HAVE NOW BEEN AUTHORITATIVELY DENIED.

(By the way, this dis­cus­sion of dates of ces­sa­tion of pre­sump­tion of con­form­ity only affects the European stand­ards, EN 954 – 1 and EN ISO 13849 – 1. Inter­na­tion­al stand­ard ISO 13849 – 1 is obvi­ously con­trolled by ISO and not by CEN or the EU. The cur­rent edi­tion of ISO 13849 – 1 is 2006, essen­tially identic­al to EN ISO 13849 – 1 : 2008.)

At this point the pos­sib­il­ity of an exten­sion of the trans­ition from EN 954 – 1 to EN ISO 13849 – 1 remains con­tro­ver­sial, con­fused and IMHO uncer­tain. (There’s been approx 3 years trans­ition peri­od already.) If I were still a man­u­fac­turer, I would not want to wait until Dec 29th to find out if I could still ship my product using EN 954 – 1!

The reports of an exten­sion were based on an email sent earli­er this month (3rd Sept) by a CEN employ­ee. How­ever, the EU Com­mis­sion nev­er con­firmed the report, and on Septem­ber 24th the same CEN employ­ee, Mar­ie Poidev­in, has writ­ten,
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> “We have been informed today by the European Com­mis­sion […] that con­trary to what was expressed in
> my pre­vi­ous mes­sage sent on the 3rd of Septem­ber, EN 954 – 1 will not give pre­sump­tion of con­form­ity
>  to the new MD 2006/42/EC until fur­ther notice.
> “Indeed, due to dis­cus­sions fol­low­ing the announce­ment made below, the EC wishes to gath­er experts’
> views and, there­fore, this issue will be dis­cussed at the next Machinery Work­ing group to be held on
> the 7 – 8th Decem­ber.”
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A related email from Ian Fraser (“EC Policy Dir­ect­or for the Machinery Dir­ect­ive”), dated 2009-09-18 states,
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“Fol­low­ing the dis­cus­sion at the meet­ing of the Machinery Work­ing Group held on 7 and 8
July 2009, we have received a num­ber of ques­tions con­cern­ing the trans­ition from stand­ard
EN 954 – 1 to stand­ard EN ISO 13849 – 1 on safety-related parts of con­trol sys­tems.
At the meet­ing of the Machinery Work­ing Group, there was gen­er­al agree­ment on two
aspects:
1. Man­u­fac­tur­ers who apply stand­ard EN ISO 13849 – 1 bene­fit from a pre­sump­tion of
con­form­ity, even if the har­mon­ised C-type stand­ard relat­ing to the machinery con­cerned still
refers to the cat­egor­ies of EN 954 – 1;
2. Har­mon­ised C-type stand­ards that refer to the cat­egor­ies of EN 954 – 1 con­tin­ue to con­fer a
pre­sump­tion of con­form­ity until they are amended to refer to stand­ard EN ISO 13849 – 1.
These con­clu­sions will be recor­ded in the minutes of the meet­ing.

Dur­ing the dis­cus­sion, sev­er­al par­ti­cipants indic­ated that more time was needed for the
industry, and in par­tic­u­lar for SMEs, to adapt to the new stand­ard. As Chair­man of the
meet­ing, I asked wheth­er it might not be prefer­able to post­pone the date of ces­sa­tion of
pre­sump­tion of con­form­ity for EN 954 – 1.
In response to this sug­ges­tion, on 30 July 2009, Mr. Steiger wrote to the Com­mis­sion, on
behalf of the CEN Machinery Sec­tor, to request that the date of ces­sa­tion of pre­sump­tion of
con­form­ity for EN 954 – 1 be excep­tion­ally post­poned until 31 Decem­ber 2012 […].
The Com­mis­sion will reply to this request from CEN. How­ever, giv­en the com­plex­ity of the
issues involved, the Com­mis­sion intends to con­sult experts and to seek the opin­ion of the
Machinery Work­ing Group to be held on 7 and 8 Decem­ber 2009, before reach­ing a final
decision.
Kind regards,
Ian FRASER
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Thanks again to Glyn Garside and the EMC-PSTC List Serv­er!

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