EN ISO 20344 remains harmonised
The European Commission has published its decision about the formal objection against the current standard EN ISO 20344:2011 for safety footwear made in 2014.
The objection was about the presumed unsuitability of the test method for determining the outsole penetration resistance. By the current decision, it is estabilished that the standard complies with the basic health and safety requirements of Directive – now Regulation – and it should continue being published in the OJEC, thus mantaining the status of “harmonised standard”.
The Technical Comitee has been working to develop a test method that could improve the safety level of footwear: the future EN ISO 22568 will supersede the current EN 12568. Nevertheless, the fact that this decision has been officially published confirms the validity of already issued certifications without creating conflicts with possible future test methods improvements.
It should be noted that standards containing only test methods will be not harmonised in the future, since the certification is based on product standards defining specific requirements and only requirement standards will be harmonised.
You can find here the European Commission official communication.