In 2010, the European Parliament decided to amend the General Product Safety Directive to include provisions to enhance the market, strengthen customs checks in European ports and facilitate the speedier withdrawal of dangerous products.Under the Low Voltage Directive, there is a particular concern for vulnerable people: such as the young, the elderly and those with disabilities. Because of these, current key themes highlight standards for temperatures of accessible services, concerns about so-called ‘child appealing’ products and food safety – formerly classed as a performance issue.AMDEA technical manager Stuart MacConnacher attends regular meetings of CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization) around Europe, discussing vulnerable people and the revision of standards covered by the Machinery Directive. He convenes the CENELEC  working group dealing with the safety of ‘child appealling’ appliances.

Concerns about touchable surface temperatures have also been raised in Australia and New Zealand, so these issues may well be taken up by the IEC in order to ensure that there is a consistent approach worldwide.

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