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Reference EN 60456:2011/prA
Title Clothes washing machines for household use - Methods for measuring the performance
Project Number 24622
Abstract/Scope IEC 60456:2010(E) specifies methods for measuring the performance of clothes washing machines for household use, with or without heating devices utilising cold and/or hot water supply. It also deals with appliances for water extraction by centrifugal force (spin extractors) and is applicable to appliances for both washing and drying textiles (washer-dryers) with respect to their washing related functions. This International Standard also covers washing machines which specify the use of no detergent for normal use. This edition includes the following significant changes from the previous edition. Modified test load mass requirement for cases where: - rated capacity of test machine is not declared; - introduction of soft water option; - expanded stain/soil set; - improved method of loading and folding test load items to better suit vertical axis, horizontal axis and twin tub systems; - revised and amended reference machine specifications reflecting full qualification on new Electrolux Wascator CLS; - new reference programmes for lower temperature and vertical axis systems; - refined rinsing efficiency method; - introduction of low power modes 'OFF' and 'Left On'; - new annex regarding uncertanity of measurements.
Committee stage


Current Stage code 1099
Current Stage code date 2013-04-02
Current Stage code deadline  
Deadline date for vote  


Directive(s) EL (2010/30/EU), ERP (2009/125/EC), ELWASH pending (1061/2010), ECOHWM pending (1015/2010)
Mandate(s) M/458
Order Voucher  


IEC Technical Body IEC/SC 59D
Reference Document  
Note D144/C148: NWI approved * 3-month UAP * 9-month tolerance allocated on TC request (2013-11-14) due to problems with tolerance regulation of the Commission while developing Annex ZZ
Special National Condition(s)  


Categories - Aspects
Product Life Cycle


Deadline Date
1099 2013-04-02    
1000 2012-12-04 2013-04-02  

Implementation Dates

date of Ratification (DOR) (1)  
date of Availability (DAV) (2)  
date of Announcement (DOA) (3) dor + 6 months
date of Publication (DOP) (4) dor + 12 months
date of Withdrawal (DOW) (5) dor + 36 months


Superseded by  
Normative reference (6)  

(1) Date of ratification (dor) date when the Technical Board notes the approval of an EN (and HD for CENELEC), from which time the standard may be said to be approved

(2) Date of availability (dav) date when the definitive text in the official language versions of an approved CEN/CENELEC publication is distributed by the Central Secretariat

(3) Date of announcement (doa) latest date by which the existence of an EN (and HD for CENELEC), a TS or a CWA has to be announced at national level

(4) Date of publication (dop) latest date by which an EN has to be implemented at national level by publication of an identical national standard or by endorsement

(5) Date of withdrawal (dow) latest date by which national standards conflicting with an EN (and HD for CENELEC) have to be withdrawn

(6) This list of normative references is purely indicative. The only official list of normative reference is the list of the published standard.