New EN standards will be used as the new harmonized reference for sunglass protection from UV radiation.
Eye and Face Protection – Sunglasses and Related Eyewear – Part 1 Sunglasses for General Use.
After a long standardization work, which saw the active participation of ANFAO Technical Committee, on 1st August 2013 ISO (International Standard Organisation) published the new technical standard ISO 12312- 1:2013 “Eye and face protection - Sunglasses and related eyewear - Part 1: Sunglasses for general use” about minimum requirements for sunglasses.
Test methods for sunglasses and related eyewear.
ISO 12311:2012 specifies reference test methods for determining the properties of sunglasses given in ISO 12312 (all parts).
New standard EN ISO 12312-1:2013 replaces EN 1836:2005+A1:2007
New standard EN ISO 12312-1:2013 has introduced some novelties and:
- does no longer provide for the distinction between two optical classes
- “Scattered light” requirement has been replaced by the requirement “Wide angle scattering”
- provides for the evaluation of transmission requirements in the UV spectral range
- provides for the evaluation of the spectral transmittance in the range from 475 nm to 650 nm
- if light transmittance is below 75%, sunglasses are “not suitable for driving in twilight or at night”
- provides to evaluate polarization axes by placing the sunglasses as when they are worn
- introduces the requirement of lateral protections for sunglasses with category 4 filters
- introduced additional information to be given to the user
Standard EN 1836:2005+A1:2007 will no longer guarantee presumption of compliance for sunglasses.
After 1 March 2015, all sunglasses placed on EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein markets will have to comply with EN ISO 12312-1.
It applies to each individual pair of sunglasses, not to the model/type.
We confirm that all Tropical Sunglasses conforms to the required standard for ISO 12312- 1:2013.
More information about EN ISO 12312- 1:2013 standards click here.