Machinery Safety 101

Update on EN ISO 13849-1 Mandatory Implementation Date

The European Commission published a new Communication relating to the Machinery Directive this past Friday that continues the silence from the EC on the mandatory implementation date for EN ISO 13849-1. Communication C 309/29, the latest update to the list of standards harmonized under the Machinery Directive, indicates that EN ISO 13849-1 and -2 were notified in the 8-Sep-09 Communication, but fails to provide a date for the cessation of presumption of conformity under the old standard, EN 954-1 / ISO 13849-1 1999. EN 954-1 is not listed in the current document.

MachineBuilding.net is reporting that Marie Poidevin from CEN has stated that the presumption of conformity under EN 954-1 has been extended to 31-Dec-2011. Expectations are that an updated list will be published this week including a new reference to EN 954-1 with the new Mandatory Implementation date.

I continue to watch this story and will update you as new information is available.

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