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Technical Matters

One of EUnited Vehicle Cleaning's central concerns includes technical matters, such as European legislation or international standardisation. On the following pages, you will find a wide array of relevant and detailed information pertaining to manufacturers of vehicle cleaning systems and the association's activities.


Important Directives for vehicle cleaning systems (selection)


WEEE 2 (Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment)


RoHS 2 (Restriction of Hazardous Substances)


Energy Labelling


Ecodesign Directive (Energy related Products ErP)


LVD (Low Voltage Directive)


Batteries and accumulators containing certain dangerous substances


MD (Machinery Directive)


EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility)


Noise (safety and health of workers at work)


Vibration (safety and health of workers at work)


Outdoor-noise (noise emission in the environment by equipment for use outdoors)




EN 60335: Safety of household and similar electrical appliances

• EN 60335-1

Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 1: General requirements

• EN 60335-2-69

Requirements for wet and dry vacuum cleaners, including power brush, for commercial use

• EN 60335-2-79

Requirements for high pressure cleaners and steam cleaners, for household and commercial use having a pressure ≥ 25 bar and ≤ 350 bar


Further important standards

• DIN 24446

Safety of machinery - Vehicle washing machines - Safety requirements, test methods


EN 1829: High pressure water jet machines - Safety requirements

Maximum allowable working pressure > 350 bar

• EN 1829-1 


• EN 1829-2  

Hoses, hose lines and connectors

Pumps - Standardization in the field of safety and all others aspects of pumps and pumping machinery for liquids including machines using pumps for their principal mode of action

Subcommittee SC1: Safety

Working Group WG1: High pressure cleaner
Convenor: Charalambos Freed

Technical Recommendations from EUnited Vehicle Cleaning will be semi-standards for issues that are not adequately covered by European or international standards. They will be prepared by the Technical Committee of EUnited Vehicle Cleaning, which represents the leading European manufacturers of vehicle cleaning systems. Technical Recommendation The Technical Recommendation defines requirements and recommends measures in addition to the existing European and international standards. The documents apply to cleaning machines within the scope of international standards as stipulated by IEC SC 61J ‘Electrical motor-operated cleaning appliances for commercial use’ and by CEN TC 197/SC 1/WG 1 ‘High-pressure cleaners’, for use in residential, commercial, light industrial and industrial environments within the single European market. During the preparation of documents, all interested parties are invited to comment the proposals published and to participate in the discussion.

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