Euralarm: Date of Withdrawal as effective implementation date of standards
Euralarm recommends that regulatory authorities adopt the Date of Withdrawal (DOW) as stated in every EN standard, as the effective date of implementation of new Standards into Codes.
“The development of new or revised standards – they say from Euralarm – follows a certain process that is finalised with the ratification of the standard by the standardisation body (CEN, CENELEC, …). Following the ratification there are dates that the new or revised standard is available, announced and published followed by a date that the former standard or the former version is withdrawn.
When a new or revised standard is published, the national authorities must clearly define when the new (edition of a) standard will be implemented into the local building, fire or other codes. Because products have to be compliant and therefore have to be tested, certified and approved by recognized test laboratories, certification bodies and approval agencies some time is required following the date of availability of the standard.
In some countries however, local authorities require to demonstrate compliance to the latest edition of the standards i.e. “as soon as published”.
Obviously, it is impossible to comply with this requirement. Due to general industry readiness, a delay is necessary to allow manufacturers time to develop fully compliant products and, when required, to get their products tested, certified and approved”.
Euralarm therefore recommends that regulatory authorities adopt the Date of Withdrawal (DOW) as stated in every EN standard as the effective date of implementation of new Standards into Codes. The Date of Withdrawal marks the date that former (versions of the) standard become obsolete. Information of the Date of Withdrawal of standards can be found on the respective websites such as CEN or CENELEC.
by the Editorial Staff