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EN ISO 13849-1 is harmonised to the Machinery Directive

16 May 2007

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At long last, and after a great deal of wrangling, EN ISO 13849-1 is harmonised to the Machinery Directive by virtue of its listing in the Official Journal of the European Union published on 8 May 2007.

This means that meeting the requirements of EN ISO 13849-1:2006 (Safety of machinery – Safety-related parts of control systems – Part 1: General principles for design) is therefore now an acceptable way by which machine builders can show compliance with the Essential Health and Safety Requirements (EHSRs) of the Machinery Directive (98/37/EC).

The standard that is being replaced, namely EN 954-1:1996, may still be used until 30 November 2009, though EN ISO 13849-1 or another standard - such as EN IEC 62061 - may actually be more appropriate in certain circumstances.

[See this more recent announcement confirming the extended transition period for EN 954-1 - Ed]

 
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