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News from September 2017

Fitness is all the rage, so cycling is also becoming more and more popular. This has led to a constant increase in pedelec-related sales. However, consumer standards have also increased: Bikes and exercise equipment should not only have an attractive design and appearance, but safety and proper quality as well. Sophisticated conceptions are also becoming increasingly important to potential buyers as decisive criteria when it comes to their decision to buy.

Hermes Hansecontrol's test lab is undergoing continual expansion. In the course of the hardlines lab expansion, the labs for sports equipment and leisure articles are being equipped with the latest high-tech test devices. This also includes technical upgrades, improvements, and increased efficiency as well as an expansion of the available test services. In the future, the fundamental tests of mechanical, electrical, and chemical safety as well as electromagnetic compatibility will be supplemented with life time testing for bikes, pedelecs, sports equipment, and sports articles as well as for children’s strollers and handcarts.

For the lifetime tests of bikes or trailers, the test parameters can be configured as target values on the flexible roller drum test rig in a variety of ways. This makes it possible to simulate mileage, shock impacts, driving speed, etc. and paves the way for new test scenarios. In the future, it will also be possible to test bike trailers as well as the combination of bikes with bike trailers attached, cargo bikes, and specialty bikes. In general, these tests can, depending on customer’s wishes, also be supplemented with fitness for use, rechargeable battery range, and environmental testing. Other European directives such as the directive on energy consumption (ErP) will also be considered depending upon the application.

“Our goal is to serve our customers by overseeing the quality assurance process in its entirety, executing it, and assisting them with comprehensive project services, also when it comes to introducing their products to the market”, explains Lutz Lehmann, CEO of the Hermes Hansecontrol Group, in regards to the institute’s expanded service portfolio.

Current and new standards for the areas of bikes, pedelec as well as sports, camping and leisure articles are e.g.:

  • DIN EN ISO 20957-4:2017-03 – Stationary training equipment – Part 4: Strength training benches, additional special safety requirements and test methods
  • DIN EN ISO 20957-5:2017-04 – Stationary training equipment – Part 5: Stationary exercise bikes and exercise equipment with a crank for the upper body, additional safety requirements and test methods
  • DIN EN ISO 20957-8:2016-09 – Draft – Stationary training equipment – Part 8: Steppers, stair climbers and climbers – Additional special safety requirements and test methods
  • DIN EN ISO 20957-9:2017-04 – Stationary training equipment – Part 9: Elliptical trainers, additional special safety requirements and test methods
  • DIN EN ISO 20957-10:2016-09 – Draft – Stationary training equipment – Part 10: Exercise bikes with a fixed wheel or without freewheel, additional specific safety requirements and test methods
  • DIN EN 15918:2017-05 Bicycles – Bicycle trailers – Safety requirements and test methods
  • DIN EN 50604-1:2017-05; VDE 0510-12:2017-05 Lithium secondary batteries for applications in light electric vehicles – Part 1: General safety requirements and test methods
  • DIN EN 1888-1:2017-01 – Draft – Articles for infants and small children – Means of transport on wheels for children – Part 1: Children’s strollers and children’s stroller attachments
  • DIN EN 1888-2:2016-11 – Draft – Articles for infants and small children – Means of transport on wheels for children – Part 2: Children’s strollers for heavy children

Furthermore, elaborations with respect to standards are also underway for hoverboards and PLEV (personal light electric vehicles):

  • OVE EN 60335-2-114:2017-05-01 – Draft – or BS EN 60335-2-114 – Household and similar electrical appliances – Safety – Part 2-114: Particular requirements for self-balancing personal transport devices incorporating batteries containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolytes
  • DIN EN 17128:2017-08 – Draft – Not-type approved light motorized vehicles for transporting persons and goods and connected equipment – Personal light electric vehicles (PLEV) – safety requirements and test methods

If you have any questions on this topic, please get in touch with your respective sales representative or our order management department by calling +49 (0) 40 300 33 73 - 6124 or by email.

On August 30, 2017 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a finalized provision according to which some plastic materials are exempt from the testing obligation on the part of independent laboratories.

The provision (16 CFR 1308 – Prohibition of Children’s Toys and Child Care Articles Containing Specified Phthalates: Determinations Regarding Certain Plastics) takes effect on September 29, 2017 and releases manufacturers from the testing obligation for the phthalate plasticizers in toys and child care articles provided for in CPSIA 2008 Section 108.

The following materials containing the corresponding additives must still be tested:

  • Polypropylene (PP)
  • Polyethylene (PE)
  • Polystyrene (PS, including impact-resistant types MIPS, HIPS, SHIPS)
  • Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene copolymer (ABS)

The following additives/additive groups are also specified for further definition with a different classification:

Various plasticizers, e.g.:

  • sebacates
  • tallates
  • benzoats
  • polyols
  • fatty acid esters
  • plant oils
  • catalysts
  • fillers
  • antistatics
  • lubricants
  • light stabilizers
  • flame retardants
  • dyes
  • foaming agents
  • antioxidants

The testing obligation of manufacturers for toys and child care articles or their components made of the aforementioned plastics will be omitted in the future. This requires, however, that the composition of the materials used be known.

As with all exemption provisions in connection with CPSIA 2008, the provision 16 CFR 1308 does not, however, release them from their obligation to comply with the requirements of Section 108 concerning the limitation of the aforementioned phthalates.

You can obtain further information from the Federal Register or by getting in touch with your respective sales representative in the sales department or our order management by calling +49(0)40 300 33 73 - 4444 or by email.

The market regulation activities of national authorities are an important instrument for ensuring product safety and consumer protection. However, an audit can also have unpleasant consequences for product managers, vendors, “quasi manufacturers” and importers: The blocking of goods, prohibitions of sale or even recall campaigns are some of the potential consequences.

Through our seminar “The Authorities Have Come Calling – What Now?” on November 2, 2017 in Hamburg, you will gain an overview of the institutions and the correlations of processes involving active and reactive market regulation. You will also learn how to systematically comply with your obligations vis-à-vis authorities and respond in a responsible manner.

Here you will find all the important information about content and conditions for participation (only in German). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by calling +49 (0) 40 300 33 73 - 13 30 or by sending an email.

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