As the number of CE standards increases, the rate at which standards are withdrawn and replaced by new versions or different standards, and as standards grow in their complexity (for example, the new EN 943-1 standard for gas-tight suits has an approximate increase of 25% in the number of pages it contains!), the challenge of understanding them, keeping up with any changes and what they mean is becoming a major task in itself.
I am regularly asked a question from the market that amounts to “We need this product A to be certified to standard XYZ”. Commonly the answer is that standard “XYZ” is not a product standard but a test method that cannot be certified to, and an explanation must be provided to explain that product A has been tested to standard XYZ as part of the certification to the actual product standard “123”.
We regularly use our Lakeland blogs and social media to provide updates on changing standards and to generally explain standards and how they work. The generalised example above shows that as a starting point it’s a good idea to be clear on the different types of standards – because not all are product standards and not all can be certified to.