Standard is a technical document designed to be used as a rule, guideline or definition. It is a consensus-built, repeatable way of doing something. These consist on a set of technical specifications, defined based on consensus among all interested parties (industry, consumers, trade unions, public authorities or other entities) within independent standards bodies, acting at national, European and international level.
There are two main types of standard:
Technical standards: consist of technical specifications or other precise criteria that ensure products, manufacturing processes and services meet fixed quality benchmarks
Management and leadership standards: provide a framework for a business to manage its business processes and activities (Quality Management Standards)
Some of these standards are voluntary, whereas other standards such as harmonized standards have been made effectively mandatory under EU law.
Harmonised European standards provide detailed technical information that allows manufacturers to conform with the requirements in the directives.
More information on Standards:
- International Organisation for Standardisation
- European Committee for Standardisation
- European Commission
- EN 12975-1. Thermal solar systems and components - Solar collectors - Part 1: General Requirements.
- EN ISO 9806. Solar Energy - Solar thermal collectors - Test methods.
- EN 12976-1. Thermal solar systems and components - Factory made systems - Part 1: General requirements.
- EN 12976-2. Thermal solar systems and components - Factory made systems - Part 2: Test methods.
- EN 12977-1 Thermal solar systems and components - Custom built systems - Part 1: General requirements for solar water heaters and combisystems
- EN 12977-2 Thermal solar systems and components - Custom built systems - Test methods for solar water heaters and combisystems
- EN 12977-3 Thermal solar systems and components - Custom built systems - Part 3: Performance test methods for solar water heater stores
- EN 12977-4 Thermal solar systems and components - Custom built systems - Part 4: Performance test methods for solar combistores
- EN 12977-5 Thermal solar systems and components - Custom built systems - Part 5: Performance test methods for control equipment
- EN ISO 9488. Solar energy - Vocabulary.
What is the relation with the CE marking of solar collectors?
The Solar Keymark is a quality label based on a voluntary third party certification.
The CE-marking is a self attestation that the product fulfils minimum legal requirements according to specific European directives.
A CE-marking of collectors is underway, covering safety and structural requirements.
CE-marking related to Construction Product Directive (CPD)
CE-marking related to Pressure Equipment Directive (PED)
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Solar Keymark News
PRESS RELEASE - Solar Certification Fund: 8th call launched Fosters quality assurance for tomorrow’s Solar Thermal technology!
Brussels, 18 November 2016 – The Solar Certification Fund (SCF) launches today its 8th call for proposals to continue to provide regular and reliable support for (1) developing better and new Solar Thermal certification and standardisation processes, (2) ensuring quality assurance for tomorrow's solar thermal technology.Read more...
The 21st Solar Keymark Network (SKN) meeting took place in the island of Crete, Greece. Among the many points addressed in this meeting, several were related to the outputs of the work linked to the action plan previously approved.Read more...
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The 18th Solar Keymark Network (SKN) meeting will be held on 10 and 11 March 2015 in Rome.Read more...
2 October 2014 – The International Code Council (ICC) and the Solar Rating & Certification Corporation (SRCC) have agreed in principle to join forces.Read more...