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The European standard EN ISO 12312-1:2013; Eye and face protection – Sunglasses and related eyewear has been amended and published as EN ISO 12312-1:2013 AMD 1 2015. This amendment aligns EN ISO 12312-1 with ISO 12312-1.

The main changes of the standard are:

Paragraph 3 of the Scope has been deleted and replaced by the following;

' This part of ISO 12312 is not applicable to related eyewear, such as:

  • Eyewear for the protection of radiation from artificial light sources, such as those used in solaria;
  • Eye protectors used for specific sports (e.g. ski goggles or other types);
  • Sunglasses that have been medically prescribed for attenuating solar radiation;
  • Products intended for the direct observation of the sun, such as viewing a partial or annular solar eclipse;
  • Products intended for occupational eye protection.’

5.2 Transmittance and filter categories; the following sentence has been deleted.

' Unless the filter is one of the following, category 0 shall not be claimed:

  • A filter for which specific protection against any part of the solar spectrum is claimed;
  • A photochromic filter in its faded state.’ General:

' The following three requirements’ has been deleted and substituted by ‘the following two requirements’.

7.6 Impact resistance of the filter, strength level 2 or 3 (optional specification)

An additional sentence has been inserted before the note. ‘If this requirement is met, testing according to 7.1 (minimum robustness) is not necessary.’

11.2 Temporal protective requirements. The existing text has been deleted and substituted by;

' Very dark special purpose sunglasses (filter category 4) having a pupillary distance greater than 54mm shall provide temporal shielding such that the ultraviolet transmittances of the sunglass filter, frame and side comply with the requirements of category 4 filters in table 1in the area PPTT shown in figure 1, defined as follows;

  • In the line of intersection of the frontal plane (tangent to the apex of the cornea) with the inner surface of the sunglass structure, to elevations of 11mm above and below the horizontal plane through the reference point; and
  • In a vertical line in the inner structure of the sunglass that is 30° back from the frontal plane and relative to the apex of the cornea, and to elevations of 6mm above and below the horizontal plane through the reference point.

Figure 1: The existing title of figure 1 has been deleted and substituted by;

' Figure 1 – Required eye coverage of category 4 sunglasses having pupillary distance greater than 54mm.’

12.1 Information to be supplied with each pair of sunglasses.

Item (g) has been deleted and substituted by the following:

g) Restrictions of use, which shall include at least the following;

  • Not for direct observation of the sun;
  • Not for protection against artificial light sources, e.g. solaria;
  • Not for use as eye protection against mechanical impact hazards (for products not satisfying the requirements of 7.3 or 7.6)
  • Any other restrictions deemed appropriate to be communicated by the manufacturer, e.g. increased or decreased transmittance of photochromic glasses due to high or low temperatures or to low light conditions

This Amendment to the European Standard EN ISO 12312-1:2013 shall be given the status of a national standard, either by publication of an identical text or by endorsement, at the latest by March 2016, and conflicting national standards shall be withdrawn at the latest by March 2016.

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