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New standard for ERP certification (EU) 2019/1782 of external power supplies

The European Union issued a new standard for ERP certification (EU) 2019/1782 of external power supplies on 1 October, 2019. It will take effect on October 21, 2019 and can adopt this standard evaluation and repealing Commission Regulation (EC) No 278/2009 from 1 April, 2020. The law may be found here. The regulation is sometimes referred to as Eco Design.

This regulation is for the purpose of “external power supplies”. In order to meet this criteria, the power supply should be designed to convert alternating current (AC) power input from the mains power source input into one or more lower voltage direct current (DC) or AC outputs and is used with one or more separate devices that constitute the primary load. In regard to low voltage; a low voltage external power supply will be defined as having an output voltage of less than 6 volts and a nameplate output current greater than or equal to 550 milliamperes.

A few other key points on the purpose of this regulation: 

  • Multiple voltage output external power supply means an external power supply able to convert AC power input from the mains power source into more than one simultaneous output at lower DC or AC voltage.
  • Mains means the electricity supply from the grid of 230 (+10%) volts of alternating current at 50Hz;
  • Average active efficiency means the average of the active mode efficiencies at 25%,50% 75% and 100% of the nameplate output power.

The major changes in the regulations are:

  • No-load efficiency limits have been increased as follows:
    • from 1 April 2020, the no-load condition power consumption shall not exceed the following values which is similar to the US DOE EPS Level VI:
  • Average active efficiency limits have been increased as follows:
    • from 1 April 2020, the average active efficiency shall be no less than the following values which is similar to the US DOE EPS Level VI:
  • Multiple voltage output external power supplies, which are not covered by Regulation (EC) No 278/2009, are being placed on the Union market in increasing numbers. They should therefore be included in the scope of the Regulation to ensure further energy savings and provide a level playing field.
  • Added nameplate and instruction manual requirements, details are as follows
    • from 1 April 2020, the nameplate shall include the following information:
  • from 1 April 2020, instruction manuals for end-users (where applicable), and free access websites of manufacturers, importers or authorised representatives shall include the following information, in the order as set out below:

The ErP/Eco Design regulation is not applicable to the below products per Article 1, section 2:

  1. voltage converters;
  2. uninterruptible power supplies;
  3. battery chargers without power supply function;
  4. lighting converters;
  5. external power supplies for medical devices;
  6. active power over Ethernet injectors;
  7. docking stations for autonomous appliances;
  8. external power supplies placed on the market before 1 April 2025 solely as a service part or spare part
    for replacing an identical external power supply placed on the market before 1 April 2020, under the
    condition that the service part or spare part, or its packaging, clearly indicate ‘External power supply to
    be used exclusively as spare part for’ and the primary load product(s) it is intended to be used with.

And also is specifically applicable to the items listed in Annex I as listed below:

List of electrical and electronic household and office equipment

  1. Household appliances:
    • Appliances for cooking and other processing of food, preparing beverages, opening or sealing containers or packages, cleaning, and maintenance of clothes,
    • Appliances for hair cutting, hair drying, hair treatment, tooth brushing, shaving, massage and other body care appliances,
    • Electric knives,
    • Scales,
    • Clocks, watches and equipment for the purpose of measuring, indicating or registering time.
  2. Information technology equipment, including copying and printing equipment, and set-top boxes, intended primarily for use in the domestic environment.
  3. Consumer equipment:
    • Radio sets,
    • Video cameras,
    • Video recorders,
    • Hi-fi recorders,
    • Audio amplifiers
    • Home theatre systems,
    • Televisions,
    • Musical instruments,
    • Other equipment for the purpose of recording or reproducing sound or images, including
      signals or other technologies for the distribution of sound and image other than by
      telecommunications.
  4. Electrical and electronic toys, leisure and sports equipment:
    • Electric trains or car racing sets,
    • Game consoles, including hand-held game consoles,
    • Sports equipment with electric or electronic components;
    • Other toys, leisure and sports equipment.

It is Ideal Power interpretation that systems not listed specifically listed in Annex I are not affected by this regulation. Importers to Europe should analyse the list closely to determine if the products they manufacture are listed above specifically or not to determine if compliance is required. It is Ideal Power interpretation that the regulation is targeted to consumer electronics for products used in homes and offices (Professional environment).

In article 7 of the regulation, it states that “The Commission shall review this Regulation in the light of technological progress and shall present the results of this review, including, if appropriate, a draft revision proposal, to the Consultation Forum by 14 November 2022.” “The review shall assess in particular: the feasibility of setting a requirement regarding minimum energy efficiency at 10 % load; options for including within the scope of the Regulation wireless chargers, active power over Ethernet injectors, and external power supplies used with electrical and electronic household and office equipment that is not included in Annex I; and options for including requirements in support of circular economy objectives, including interoperability.”

Ideal Power offers a large range of Eco-design Directive 2009/125/EC, (EU) 2019/1782 compliant power supplies, mostly globally certified to ITE 60950-1, Limited Power Source, ICT 62368-1, Medical 60601-1, Household Use UL1310 and 60335-1, and more.