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EN 954 – 1 / ISO 13849 – 1:2006 Mandatory Implementation Date Change

Reg­u­lar read­ers will be aware of the con­tro­versy that has sur­roun­ded the man­dat­ory imple­ment­a­tion of EN ISO 13849 – 1:2006, ori­gin­ally sched­uled for 28-Dec-09. The EC Machinery Work­ing Group met this week to review the opin­ions of European machinery experts. Fol­low­ing the meet­ing, it was announced that the man­dat­ory imple­ment­a­tion date will be exten­ded by some time, how­ever no date was giv­en.

Some spec­u­la­tion exists about the length of the exten­sion, with some sources say­ing that it could be as little as 12 months to as long as five years. Until the EC revises the dates and pub­lishes them in the Offi­cial Journ­al we won’t have the ‘final word’, how­ever we are hop­ing that an announce­ment will be made to cla­ri­fy the decision and the date.

If you are a machine build­er who has already imple­men­ted EN ISO 13849 – 1:2006 and the val­id­a­tion stand­ard EN ISO 13849 – 2:2006, you are ahead of the game. Your efforts have not been wasted, as your sys­tems already con­form to the require­ments that will even­tu­ally be man­dat­ory for all machine build­ers. For those machine build­ers who have yet to imple­ment these stand­ards, you’ve gained a bit of a reprieve, but you will still be required to imple­ment these stand­ards even­tu­ally. If you have yet to begin imple­ment­a­tion, now is the time.

I will post the new man­dat­ory imple­ment­a­tion dates as soon as this inform­a­tion is available.

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