Power Tools Testing & Certification
IEC 62841 Compliance for Global Market Access
29 October 2019
IEC 62841 deals with the safety of electric, motor-operated, or magnetically driven tools, with provisions for: hand-held tools, transportable tools and lawn and garden machinery. It replaces previous IEC standards for certain product categories and a harmonized version now supersedes previous versions in the US, EU and Canada. Deadlines for this newly harmonized standard are beginning to roll out with various deadlines starting in 2019 and continuing through to 2022.
There are new technical requirements in IEC 62841 that may require manufacturers to significantly alter the design of power tool products. Changes to the standard are based on the current type of the product, whether alternating (AC) or direct (DC). AC products are subject to changes related to heating and electric strength tests. DC products are subject to changes related to battery management systems, which include normal and abnormal charging tests for lithium-ion systems and short circuit testing under extreme imbalance for lithium-ion batteries. Both product types have requirements related to adhesive backing of marking labels and electronic circuits providing critical safety functions.
Deadlines for manufacturers to comply with the newly harmonized standard vary based on product type and generally are as follows:
With multiple deadlines impacting power tools in markets across the globe, it is important to understand the requirements and changes, as well as deadlines. For more insights on the new requirements and deadlines, visit our Power Tools web page or download our complimentary fact sheet.