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Reference EN 61496-1:2013
Title Safety of machinery - Electro-sensitive protective equipment - Part 1: General requirements and tests
Project Number 23124
Abstract/Scope IEC 61496-1:2012 specifies general requirements for the design, construction and testing of non-contact electro-sensitive protective equipment (ESPE) designed specifically to detect persons as part of a safety related system. Special attention is directed to functional and design requirements that ensure an appropriate safety-related performance is achieved. An ESPE may include optional safety-related functions, the requirements for which are given in Annex A. This third edition cancels and replaces the second edition published in 2004 and its amendment 1 (2007). The main changes with respect to the previous edition are as follows: The design, test and verification requirements have been updated to make them consistent with the latest standards for functional safety and EMC.


Current Stage code 6060
Current Stage code date 2013-11-29
Current Stage code deadline 2014-05-29
Deadline date for vote  


Directive(s) MD (2006/42/EC)
Order Voucher  


IEC Technical Body IEC/TC 44
Reference Document IEC 61496-1:2012 (EQV)
ICS 13.110 - Safety of machinery
29.260.99 - Other electrical equipment for working in special conditions
Note 20120726 - Publication editing allocated to 44/641/RVC established on 2011-05-27: To be published without FDIS Supersedes EN 61496-1:2004
Special National Condition(s)  


Categories - Aspects
Product Life Cycle


Deadline Date
6060 2013-11-29 2014-05-29 export to doc file  EN  FR  DE
5099 2012-05-10 2012-07-10  
5060 2011-05-27 2011-07-01 export to doc file  EN
5020 2010-09-17 2011-02-18  
1090 2010-09-15 2010-09-17  

Implementation Dates

date of Ratification (DOR) (1) 2012-05-10
date of Availability (DAV) (2) 2013-11-29
date of Announcement (DOA) (3) 2014-02-28
date of Publication (DOP) (4) 2014-05-29
date of Withdrawal (DOW) (5) 2015-05-10


Supersedes EN 61496-1:2004
EN 61496-1:2004/A1:2008
Superseded by  
Normative reference (6) ISO 9001
ISO 12100:2010
ISO 13849-1
ISO 13849-2:2003
EN 60068-2-6
EN 60068-2-27
EN 60204-1:2006
corr. February 2010
EN 60445
EN 60447
IEC 60529
EN 60947-1:2007
EN 61000-4-2
EN 61000-4-3
EN 61000-4-4:2004
EN 61000-4-5:2006
EN 61000-4-6
EN 61000-6-2
EN 61131-2:2007
EN 61508 series
CLC/TS 62046
EN 62061

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