Besides EU legislation, standardisation activities are monitored by EGMF.
European standards are the result of work in the European standards organisations CEN and CENELEC.
The standards are voluntarily applicable and are called EN standards. Some of these EN standards give presumption of conformity with certain EC Directives e.g. on machinery, health and safety. They are called EN harmonised standards and their references are published in the Official Journal.
European standards for mechanical garden and forestry equipment are the result of work in CEN/TC 144 Tractors and machinery for agriculture and forestry (WG6 portable forestry machinery and WG7 lawn and garden equipment). The catalogue of the published EN standards can found on the CEN website. There are published safety standards for powered lawnmowers, trimmers, motor hoes, cultivators, sprayers and liquid fertilizer distributors, irrigation machines, seed drills, shredders, chippers, lawn aerators, scarifiers, portable chainsaws and pole-mounted pruners.
European standards for electrical garden and forestry equipment are the result of work in CENELEC/CLC/TC61F Safety of handheld motor operated electrical tools (WG 5 garden appliances). The catalogue of the published EN standards can only be found on national CENELEC member websites.
EN standards are valid in EU Member States when they are published as national standards. A national standard in the EU has the same reference number as the EN European standard. Copies of national standards can only be bought at standards sales points in your country.
International standards are the result of work in the international organisations ISO and IEC.
The standards are voluntarily applicable and are called ISO and IEC standards.
International standards for mechanical garden and forestry equipment are the result of work in the various working groups of ISO/TC23. The list of standards can be found on the ISO website.
International standards for electrical garden and forestry equipment are the result of work in the various working groups of IEC/SC61 F. The list of standards can be found on the IEC website.
As a result of the Vienna agreement, it is possible for work to be carried out in parallel between the European and international organisations.
EGMF Boundary Wire Standard and Mark
In order to avoid interference between robot mowers operating in the vicinity (in adjoining gardens for example), EGMF has developed a Boundary Wire Industry Standard.
Application of this EGMF standard is voluntary and open to all robot mower manufacturers. No patent on technology or device is required. The standard recommends a maximum current limiting the electromagnetic emissions through the guidance wires such that robot mowers can operate adjacent to each other.
EGMF encourages the application of this standard as it is a powerful means to avoid interference and to facilitate the operating efficiency of robot mowers.
The “BW” Mark can be used to show that the robotic mower system is compliant with the EGMF Boundary Wire Standard.
For more information on the EGMF Boundary Wire Standard and conditions for use of the “BW” Mark, please contact us.
Safety, quality and environmental performance are of paramount importance to EGMF members. We build products which fulfil the promises we make to our customers. They are compliant with EU legislation on safety, ergonomics and the environment. Our manufacturers explain how to handle and use their products safely. We have invested heavily in safety and environmental protection because we want to protect our customers from injury or death.
However, not all products on the market in Europe meet the same stringent safety and environmental levels. Testing has shown that counterfeit and non-compliant products are likely to present a safety hazard to consumers. It has also shown that these products are a hazard for the environment. By emitting excessive noise and/or polluting exhaust gases, they slowly endanger our health, our pets, wildlife living in the gardens/forests and future generations. These products gain an unfair competitive advantage from being non-compliant. They compromise the financial stability of our companies as we cannot compete with unfair methods. They cause increased unemployment in Europe by hampering investment in innovation and training, and they also reduce tax revenue for European countries. Consequently, we call for a common level playing field for competitors in the market with robust market surveillance being an extremely powerful tool to rid the market of counterfeit and non-compliant products.
An unsupervised market jeopardises the vision of a harmonised European market with free trading. A parallel market is established that fuels a parallel and grey economy. In addition this threatens EU legislation which is only respected if its application is monitored.