Recent tragic events have highlighted the fact that a Manufacturer’s CE Marking Risk assessment should be a living document and that Manufacturers should act on feedback from the field.
Take refrigerators for example; the Standard EN 60335-2-24:2010 is no longer harmonised under the Low Voltage Directive and as such no longer offers a Presumption of Conformity against the Safety Objectives of the Directive. So in this case, how is a Manufacturer able to demonstrate conformity?
Article 13 of the Low Voltage Directive (2014/35/EU) advises that in the absence of a Harmonised Standard, manufacturers may use an international Standard set out by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) (barring objection by the European Commission) so long as it assures the relevant safety level.
Moving back to the example of fridges; the withdrawn standard IEC 60335-2-24:2010 (being the same Standard as above) has been amended to IEC 60335-2-24:2010+A2:2017 (which is not yet listed on the Official Journal); a major amendment being the inclusion of Clause 30.2 requiring a flame test to be carried out on the material used to form the rear of the fridge. In this case and in light of recent events, a Manufacturer should identify risk of fire as being a more severe risk and therefore the application of the amended IEC Standard would be highly recommended.
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