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The 2013 edition of IEC 62321-1, -2, -3-1, -3-2, -4 & -5 unanimously passed the Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) stage. The results of the vote were posted on the IEC website and publications have already published.

The standard was developed to ensure that tests are conducted in a consistent and reliable manner by laboratories all over the world, while following the same method specification in order to ensure compliance with the standard regulations.

As usual in standardisation the 2008 edition of standard IEC 62321 underwent a maintenance cycle in order to include best practices and technical progress in the procedures. Main changes from the 2008 edition of IEC 62321 to the 2013 edition include that the single document will be split in a family of standards. New test equipment like Combustion Ion Chromatography (C-IC) and Cold Vapour Atomic Fluorescence Spectrometry (CV-AFS) have been introduced and the sample preparation standard IEC/PAS 62596 has been included. Table 1 gives an overview on the first set of 2013 edition standards which will be published soon.

IEC StandardScope
62321-1 Introduction and overview
62321-2 Disassembly, disjointment and mechanical sample preparation
62321-3-1 Screening of electrotechnical products for lead, mercury, cadmium, total chromium and total bromine using X-ray fluorescence spectrometry
62321-3-2 Screening of total bromine in polymers and electronics by combustion – Ion chromatography (C-IC)
62321-4 Determination of mercury in polymers, metals and electronics by CV-AAS, CV-AFS, ICPOES and ICP-MS
62321-5 Determination of cadmium, lead, and chromium in polymers and electronics and cadmium and lead in metals by AAS, AFS, ICP-OES and ICP-MS

Completing the set of standards mentioned above there are four additional standards in different draft stages under preparation to provide test methods for PBB/PBDE (IEC 62321-6), hexavalent chromium (IEC 62321-7-1 and -2) and phthalates (IEC 62321-8). It is expected that those standards will be published sequentially once they have received the positive voting of the national committees.

Planned publication date for IEC 62321-6 is February 2014, IEC 62321-7-1 is expected in April 2014, IEC 62321-7-2 is expected in November 2014 and the last part IEC 62321-8 will be published most likely in March 2015.

Information resource: IEC WEBSTORE 62321-2013 Publications

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