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:

  1. does no longer provide for the distinction between two optical classes
  2. “Scattered light” requirement has been replaced by the requirement “Wide angle scattering”
  3. provides for the evaluation of transmission requirements in the UV spectral range
  4. provides for the evaluation of the spectral transmittance in the range from 475 nm to 650 nm
  5. if light transmittance is below 75%, sunglasses are “not suitable for driving in twilight or at night”
  6. provides to evaluate polarization axes by placing the sunglasses as when they are worn
  7. introduces the requirement of lateral protections for sunglasses with category 4 filters
  8. 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.