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Low Voltage Directive and EN 60335

Disclaimer: This document provides guidance and is not a legally binding interpretation and shall therefore not be relied upon as legal advice.

What you must know about EN 60335-series

When you buy or sell household electrical appliances, you will in all likelihood see the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) and standards EN 60335-1 and EN 60335-2-xx in your technical file. This article explains why the EN 60335-series applies to your product and provides you with an overview of all 60335-standards. 

Low Voltage Directive and more 

All products sold on the European market must comply with product legislation. Electrical household appliances with a 230 Volts connection fall under the scope of the LVD (Directive 2014/35/EU).  For these appliances, the EN 60335 series of standards can be used to show compliance with the safety objectives of the LVD.
Some of the EN 60335 standards are also harmonised under Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. 
The EN 60335 standards can also be applied for battery-powered household appliances.

General requirements of EN 60335-1

The European standard  EN 60335-1 applies to electrical appliances for household environment and commercial purposes (voltage rated not more than 250 V for single-phase and 480 V for others). The standard provides safety rules that the product must comply with. This standard deals with the reasonably foreseeable hazards presented by appliances that are encountered by all persons.

The following points should be highlighted:

  • Household environment and commercial purposes also include appliances and machines intended to be used by expert or trained users in shops, light industry and on farms, and appliances and machines which are declared to be for commercial use by lay persons;
  • Applicability to ‘all persons’ does not include the risk of children playing with the appliance, the use of the appliance by very young children or by young children without supervision. Also, very vulnerable people may have needs beyond the level addressed in this standard. So if you foresee this use of your device, you will have to make a further risk assessment of these risks yourself.

Additional requirements of EN 60335-2-series

To products within the scope, EN 60335-1 is always applicable to the products. However, in addition to the general requirements, there are also specific requirements for certain appliances.  These are covered in the EN 60335-2-series. Currently, we differentiate more than 100 standards in this series. You will find the full list below, but popular examples are:

  • EN 60335-2-9 Grills and toasters
  • EN 60335-2-14 Food processors
  • EN 60335-2-15 Water cookers
  • EN 60335-2-24 Refrigerators
  • EN 60335-2-80 Fans

Harmonises and non-harmonised

Of the more than 100 standards that are covered by the 60335-2 series, some have the status of a harmonised standard. Within ProductIP, these standards are "marked" as harmonised standards. To find out more about what harmonisation is and what the benefits are, please read this article.

Which specific 60335-2-series standards are there?

In order to know whether or not there is a specific standard for an appliance for household environment en commercial purposes, it is necessary to review the list of all parts and to identify if one of them may apply to your product. Or when you are a ProductIP user, that work is already done for you by our Expert team. You can sign up with ProductIP here.

Overview of all available EN (IEC) 60335 standards:

Download the complete overview of all available EN (IEC) 60335 standards here.

60335-1 Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 1: General requirements

Particular requirements for:

60335-2-1 -

60335-2-2 Vacuum cleaners and water-suction cleaning appliances

60335-2-3 Electric irons

60335-2-4 Spin extractors

60335-2-5 Dishwashers

60335-2-6 Stationary cooking ranges, hobs, ovens and similar appliances

60335-2-7 Washing machines

60335-2-8 Shavers, hair clippers and similar appliances

60335-2-9 Grills, toasters and similar portable cooking appliances

60335-2-10 Floor treatment machines and wet scrubbing machines

60335-2-11 Tumble dryers

60335-2-12 Warming plates and similar appliances

60335-2-13 Deep fat fryers, frying pans and similar appliances

60335-2-14 Kitchen machines

60335-2-15 Appliances for heating liquids

60335-2-16 Food waste disposers

60335-2-17 Blankets, pads, clothing and similar flexible heating appliances

60335-2-18 -

60335-2-19 -

60335-2-20 -

60335-2-21 Storage water heaters

60335-2-22 -

60335-2-23 Appliances for skin or hair care

60335-2-24 Refrigerating appliances, ice-cream appliances and ice makers

60335-2-25 Microwave ovens, including combination microwave ovens

60335-2-26 Clocks

60335-2-27 Appliances for skin exposure to ultraviolet and infrared radiation.

60335-2-28 Sewing machines

60335-2-29 Battery chargers

60335-2-30 Room heaters

60335-2-31 Range hoods and other cooking fume extractors

60335-2-32 Massage appliances

60335-2-33 -

60335-2-34 Motor-compressors

60335-2-35 Instantaneous water heaters

60335-2-36 Commercial electric cooking ranges, ovens, hobs and hob elements

60335-2-37 Commercial electric deep fat fryers

60335-2-38 Commercial electric griddles and griddle grills

60335-2-39 Commercial electric multi-purpose cooking pans

60335-2-40 Electrical heat pumps, air-conditioners and dehumidifiers

60335-2-41 Pumps

60335-2-42 Commercial electric forced convection ovens, steam cookers and steam-convection ovens

60335-2-43 Clothes dryers and towel rails

60335-2-44 Ironers

60335-2-45 Portable heating tools and similar appliances

60335-2-46 -

60335-2-47 Commercial electric boiling pans

60335-2-48 Commercial electric grillers and toasters

60335-2-49 Commercial electric appliances for keeping food and crockery warm

60335-2-50 Commercial electric bains-marie

60335-2-51 Stationary circulation pumps for heating and service water installations

60335-2-52 Oral hygiene appliances

60335-2-53 Sauna heating appliances and infrared cabins

60335-2-54 Surface-cleaning appliances for household use employing liquids or steam

60335-2-55 Electrical appliances for use with aquariums and garden ponds

60335-2-56 Projectors and similar appliances

60335-2-57 -

60335-2-58 Commercial electric dishwashing machines

60335-2-59 Insect killers

60335-2-60 Whirlpool baths and whirlpool spas

60335-2-61 Thermal-storage room heaters

60335-2-62 Commercial electric rinsing sinks

60335-2-63 Commercial electric water boilers and liquid heaters (replaced by 60335-2-75)

60335-2-64 Commercial electric kitchen machines

60335-2-65 Air-cleaning appliances

60335-2-66 Water-bed heaters

60335-2-67 Floor treatment machines for commercial use

60335-2-68 Spray extraction machines for commercial use

60335-2-69 Wet and dry vacuum cleaners, including power brush, for commercial use

60335-2-70 Milking machines

60335-2-71 Electrical heating appliances for breeding and rearing animals

60335-2-72 Automatic machines for floor treatment for commercial and industrial use

60335-2-73 Fixed immersion heaters

60335-2-74 Portable immersion heaters

60335-2-75 Commercial dispensing appliances and vending machines

60335-2-76 Electric fence energizers (excluded from LVD)

60335-2-77 Pedestrian-controlled walk-behind electrically powered lawn mowers

60335-2-78 Outdoor barbecues

60335-2-79 High-pressure cleaners and steam cleaners

60335-2-80 Fans

60335-2-81 Footwarmers and heating mats

60335-2-82 Amusement machines and personal service machines

60335-2-83 Heated gullies for roof drainage

60335-2-84 Toilets

60335-2-85 Fabric steamers

60335-2-86 Electric fishing machines

60335-2-87 Electrical animal-stunning equipment

60335-2-88 Humidifiers intended for use with heating, ventilation, or air-conditioning systems

60335-2-89 Commercial refrigerating appliances with an incorporated or remote refrigerant condensing unit or compressor

60335-2-90 Commercial microwave ovens

60335-2-91 Walk-behind and handheld lawn trimmers and lawn edge trimmers

60335-2-92 Pedestrian-controlled mains-operated lawn scarifiers and aerators

60335-2-93 -

60335-2-94 Scissor type grass shears

60335-2-95 Drives for vertically moving garage doors for residential use

60335-2-96 Flexible sheet heating elements for room heating

60335-2-97 Drives for rolling shutters, awnings, blinds and similar equipment

60335-2-98 Humidifiers

60335-2-99 Commercial electric hoods

60335-2-100 Hand-held mains-operated garden blowers, vacuums and blower vacuums (in IEC-version only, not EN)

60335-2-101 Vaporizers

60335-2-102 Gas, oil and solid-fuel burning appliances having electrical connections

60335-2-103 Drives for gates, doors and windows

60335-2-104 Recover and/or recycle refrigerant from air conditioning and refrigeration equipment

60335-2-105 Multifunctional shower cabinets

60335-2-106 Heated carpets and for heating units for room heating installed under removable floor coverings

60335-2-107 -

60335-2-108 Electrolysers

60335-2-109 UV radiation water treatment appliances

60335-2-110 Commercial microwave appliances with insertion or contacting applicators

60335-2-111 Electric ondol mattress with a non-flexible heated part

60335-2-112 -

60335-2-113 Cosmetic and beauty care appliances incorporating lasers and intense light sources

60335-2-114 Self-balancing personal transport devices for use with batteries containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolytes (in IEC-version only, not EN)

60335-2-115 -

60335-2-116 Furniture with electrically motorized parts (currently under draft)

Download the complete overview of all available EN (IEC) 60335 standards here.

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