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EU Directive 2000/14/EC

Representatives of CEN and CENELEC in the European Commission's Expert Group on the Directive 2000/14/EC relating to the noise emission in the environment by equipment for use outdoors ( requested its harmonization with the New Legislative Framework (NLF). Due to the specificity of the Directive, it is necessary to revise it or adopt a delegated act as a short-term solution.

Experts also suggest a medium-term option, i.e. a delegated act to deal with the most urgent matters relating to the updating of standard labels referred to in the Directive. Most of the standards listed in the Directive are already outdated, and a more flexible approach is needed. For example, noise testing codes no longer comply with the corresponding codes in harmonized standards that support other European directives, such as the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.

In the field of eco-design, regulations set limits, including those for noise, while the harmonized standard provides dedicated testing methods for measuring regulatory requirements. For example, the 2019 European Commission Regulation setting out eco-design requirements for household washing and drying machines sets limits for noise in the Annex to the Directive, while testing methods are provided for in EN 60704-2-4, Household and similar electrical appliances - Test code for the determination of airborne acoustical noise - Part 2-4: Particular requirements for washing machines and spin extractors.

The Republic of Serbia is harmonizing its legislation with that of the EU, and the Institute for Standardization of Serbia is adopting harmonized European standards as Serbian standards: EN 60704-2-4 was adopted as a Serbian standard SRPS EN 60704-2-4 (