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Reference EN 60968:2013
Title Self-ballasted lamps for general lighting services - Safety requirements
Project Number 23940
Abstract/Scope IEC 60968:2012 specifies the safety and interchangeability requirements, together with the test methods and conditions, required to show compliance of tubular fluorescent and other gas-discharge lamps with integrated means for controlling starting and stable operation (self-ballasted lamps), intended for domestic and similar general lighting purposes, having: - a rated wattage up to 60 W; - a rated voltage of 100 V to 250 V; - Edison screw or bayonet caps. The requirements of this standard relate only to type testing. This second edition cancels and replaces the first edition published in 1988, Amendment 1:1991 and Amendment 2:1999. This edition constitutes a technical revision. This edition includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the previous edition. a) For reasons of photobiological safety, the scope has been extended. b) A new definition and clause on UV radiation have been introduced. c) Clauses on normative references and an annex on literature were added. d) The latest IEC template has been adapted.


Current Stage code 6060
Current Stage code date 2013-01-11
Current Stage code deadline 2013-07-31
Deadline date for vote  


Directive(s) LVD (2006/95/EC)
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IEC Technical Body IEC/SC 34A
Reference Document IEC 60968:2012 (EQV)
ICS 29.140.30 - Fluorescent lamps. Discharge lamps
Note Supersedes EN 60968:1990 + A1:1993 + A2:1999
Special National Condition(s)  


Categories - Aspects
Product Life Cycle


Deadline Date
6060 2013-01-11 2013-07-31 export to doc file  EN  FR  DE
5099 2012-10-31 2012-11-28  
5060 2012-05-21 2012-06-11 export to doc file  EN
5020 2011-12-16 2012-05-18  
1090 2011-12-13 2011-12-16  

Implementation Dates

date of Ratification (DOR) (1) 2012-10-31
date of Availability (DAV) (2) 2013-01-11
date of Announcement (DOA) (3) 2013-01-31
date of Publication (DOP) (4) 2013-07-31
date of Withdrawal (DOW) (5) 2015-10-31


(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.