EN ISO 14116:2015 came into effect from August 2015 and replaces EN 533.
As well as more stringent testing requirements, EN ISO 14116 is a full garment specification with a new requirement for limited flame-spread testing of seams and closures (fasteners/zips) and tests for seam strength. This means the garment can be more expensive in order to meet the higher technical specification.
Products tested to EN 533 are cheaper because the test applies to the fabric only – not the whole garment – and the tests are not so stringent.
If a product meeting EN 533 was placed on the market (i.e., stored in a warehouse or offered for sale in a catalogue or online) before 21 April 2019, it could continue to be sold after 21 April 2019 until its certificate expires. This could be up until 21 April 2023.
Any products placed on the market after 21 April 2019 need to conform to the new PPE Regulation and ISO EN 14116:2015.
So, until 21 April 2023, products that meet EN 533 will be replaced over time with products that meet EN 14116.
Due to more rigor in EN 14116, the price for the same product may suddenly jump up where it now meets the new standard and is made with new component parts.
However, please be assured that the higher price does represent a higher quality garment which offers greater protection and safety to you and your teams.
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