Revision of EMC standard for alarm components is on good track
The electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) standard for alarm components EN 50130-4 laying down the requirements and tests of immunity to electromagnetic phenomena is widely used by the Euralarm members for CE-marking of their products and for their certification according to the product standards (EN 54, EN 50131, EN 12094…). The current cited version is dated 2011 and the amendment from 2014 has never been cited in the Official Journal of the European Union.
The revision of this standard is felt needed in order to refer to the current EMC directive, to update the normative references to the detailed test methods and to update the technical requirements in line with the current trend of the electromagnetic disturbances. The standardisation working group in charge of the maintenance of the document (CLC/TC 79/WG 9) and Euralarm (the main users of the document) are discussing this revision since some years now. The extension of the radiated immunity test from 2,7 GHz to 6 GHz has been deeply debated. After a thorough quantitative assessment of the expected electromagnetic disturbances in this frequency band and of the disturbance phenomenon inside alarm components at such high frequencies, a consensus has been found on the direction to follow for the extension of these requirement and related test.
The result is that WG 9 has now reached a point where a New Work Item (NWI) proposal has been put forward and is being shared for vote within all the national mirror committees of CLC/TC 79. Euralarm welcomes this NWI and warmly encourages the experts in WG 9 in their efforts to finalise this revision and to promote its well-balanced content through the process of assessment by the European Commission and their consultants.