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British and European Standards

A number of British and European Standards apply to the sound and communications industries with key ISCE members part of the standards committees. Keeping up to date with current standards and practice is vital and ISCE members are generally informed when changes are planned or when new or updated standards are released.

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British and European Standards

BS 6259:2015 – Code of practice for the design, planning, installation, testing and maintenance of sound systems
BS 5839-8:2013 – Fire detection and fire alarm systems for buildings. Code of practice for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of voice alarm systems
BS 5839-9:2011 – Fire detection and fire alarm systems for buildings. Code of practice for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of emergency voice communication systems
BS 7827:2011 – Code of practice for designing, specifying, maintaining and operating emergency sound systems at sports venues.
BS EN 54-1:2011 – Fire detection and fire alarm systems.   Introduction
BS EN 54-2:1997+A1:2006 – Fire detection and fire alarm systems. Control and indicating equipment
BS EN 54-4:1998 – Fire detection and fire alarm systems. Power supply equipment
BS EN 54-16:2008 – Fire detection and fire alarm systems. Voice alarm control and indicating equipment
BS EN 54-21:2006 – Fire detection and fire alarm systems. Alarm transmission and fault warning routing equipment
BS EN 54-24:2008 – Fire detection and fire alarm systems. Components of voice alarm systems. Loudspeakers
BS EN 54-25:2008 – Fire detection and fire alarm systems. Components using radio links
BS 6840-1:1987, IEC 60268-1:1985 – Sound system equipment. Methods for specifying and measuring general characteristics used for equipment performance
BS EN 60268-3:2013 – Sound system equipment. Amplifiers
BS EN 60268-4:2014 – Sound system equipment. Microphones
BS 6840-6:1987, IEC 60268-6:1971 – Sound system equipment. Methods for specifying and measuring the characteristics of auxiliary passive elements
BS EN 60268-7:2011 – Sound system equipment. Headphones and earphones
BS 6840-8:1988, IEC 60268-8:1973 – Sound system equipment. Methods for specifying and measuring the characteristics of automatic gain control devices
BS 6840-9:1987, IEC 60268-9:1977 – Sound system equipment. Methods for specifying and measuring the characteristics of artificial reverberation, time delay and frequency shift equipment
BS 6840-10:1991, IEC 60268-10:1991 – Sound system equipment. Methods for specifying and measuring the characteristics of peak programme level meters
BS 6840-13:1998, IEC 60268-13:1998 – Sound system equipment. Listening tests on loudspeakers
BS EN 60268-16:2011 – Sound system equipment. Objective rating of speech intelligibility by speech transmission index
BS 6840-17:1991, IEC 60268-17:1990 – Sound system equipment. Methods for specifying and measuring the characteristics of standard volume indicators
BS 7594:2011 – Code of practice for audio-frequency induction-loop systems (AFILS)
BS EN 60118-4:2015 – Electroacoustics. Hearing aids. Induction-loop systems for hearing aid purposes. System performance requirements
BS EN 62489-1:2010+A1:2015 – Electroacoustics. Audio-frequency induction loop systems for assisted hearing. Methods of measuring and specifying the performance of system components
BS EN 62489-2:2014 – Electroacoustics. Audio-frequency induction loop systems for assisted hearing. Methods of calculating and measuring the low-frequency magnetic field emissions from the loop for assessing conformity with guidelines on limits for human exposure

Drafts for Public Comment

If ISCE is represented on a standards committee (and it is on most of those we are concerned with), our representative(s) not only can, but have a duty, to seek the views of other members on the standards being developed. In the past, this hasn’t been very easy to implement, because it required the committee member to send hard copies of draft standards to those other members who might want to comment. It is more practicable now, but it is still not permitted to make drafts available on a web site, but they can be shared with a closed group.

BSI Standards Draft Review provides an easy way to comment on draft British Standards, Published Documents and Drafts for Development, selected draft international and European standards and draft Publicly Available Specifications (PAS) in order to give BSI feedback from the widest possible audience before publication. If you have previously registered on the BSI Standards New Proposals or Document Review sites then you can use the same login details to access Draft Review click here.

New Work Proposals Link

This is another new BSI scheme, which allows YOU to get involved with new standard proposals:

  • View and comment on new proposals
  • Search proposals by name, subject matter or committee
  • Suggest new ideas for standards.

BS 0, which is the ‘Standard for BSI standards’ is available for FREE download from here, together with ‘BSI Guide to Standardisation’. These are invaluable – they are the ‘rules of the game’, and if you don’t know the rules, you can’t expect to win!

Preview copies of second-stage voting (FDIS) IEC standards
IEC Web store sells copies of FDIS (without voting rights!), which also covers the purchase of the final publication.

Here is an example:

Project IEC 60268-4 Ed. 4.0 (2010-02) Preview Price: CHF 278.00
Sound system equipment Part 4: Microphones

This Final Draft International Standard is an up to 3 months’ pre-release of the official publication. It is available for sale during its voting period: 2010-02-26 to 2010-04-30. By purchasing this FDIS now, you will automatically receive, in addition, the final publication.

Links to Freely Available Information

Many UK County Library Services offer subscribers FREE read-only access on-line to British Standards, including BS ENs, BS EN ISOs and other variants. If your library doesn’t offer the service, perhaps you have a relative in a county that does…
There is a great deal of information available to all on the IEC and ISO web sites: http://www.iec.ch and http://www.iso.org although it may not be easy to find in all cases.

The situation in Europe is somewhat less satisfactory. The CENELEC and CEN web sites are at: http://www.cenelec.org and http://www.cen.eu/cenorm/homepage.htm

It may be difficult to find what you want on these sites, even if it’s there somewhere.
The sites that deal with information on EU Directives are notorious for having very long URLs and for the URLs to be frequently changed. The best way to find these is to go to the relevant page on the Compliance Club web site: http://www.nutwooduk.co.uk/DnS.aspx