Europe ERP/Eco Design (EU) 2019/1782 Goes into effect as of April 1, 2020

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.

The major changes in the regulations are:

  • No-load power consumption limits have been tightened as follows:
    • from 1 April 2020, the no-load condition power consumption shall not exceed the following values which match the US DOE EPS Level VI:
      table 1
  • The minimum average active efficiency limits have been increased as follows:
    • from 1 April 2020, the average active efficiency shall be not less than the following values which match the US DOE EPS Level VI :
      table 2
  • 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:
      table 3
  • 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:
    table 4

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.

In article 7 of the regulation, it states that "the 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."

GlobTek already provides compliant power over Ethernet injectors.

GlobTek 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.

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