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By February 2014, 2 new EN standards will be used as the new harmonized reference for sunglass protection from UV radiation, EN ISO 12312-1:2013 (Eye and Face Protection – Sunglasses and Related Eyewear – Part 1 Sunglasses for General Use) and EN ISO 12311:2013 (Personal Protective Equipment – Test Methods for Sunglasses and Related Equipment).

For EN 12312-1:2013, some of the main changes when compared to EN 1836:2005 include:
1) Luminous transmittance, UV & refractive power requirements                      
2) Increased endurance & resistance to perspiration as optional specifications         
3) Temporal protective requirement for very dark special purposes (filter category 4) sunglasses 
4) Extent improvement on lens protection coverage for the eyes                               
5) Description of the filter category may now be in the form of a symbol (as listed in the table) and/or a verbal description

table 1: 5 categories for sunglasses filters as listed in en iso 12312-1:2013

filter categorydescriptionusage
0 Light Tint Sunglasses Limited reduction of sunglare
1 Limited protection against sunglare
2 General Purpose Sunglasses Good protection against sunglare
3 High protection against sunglare
4 Very Dark special purpose Sunglasses (very high sunglare reduction) Very High protection against extreme sunglare

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Kenji NG
t: + 852 2334 4481 ext. 1209 

Mr. Ronald TSE
t: +852 2334 4481 ext. 1813

Mr. Toby LEE
t: +852 2334 4481 ext. 1805

Get a Copy in PDF version: Sunglasses Update for EU Market - EN ISO 12312-1:2013

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