CEN Standards

Quality and safety

ECMA and its members are committed to product quality and safety. As part of this commitment and to increase the level of safety for consumers, the candle industry initiated the development of the first CEN safety standards for indoor candles in the early 2000s already. Another set of CEN standards for scented candles was published in 2015, and standards for outdoor candles are expected by the end of this year. The last piece to complete this ambitious initiative to increase consumer protection is a standard for candle accessories which is already under development.

Indoor candles in general

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EN 15426:2018 Candles – Specification for sooting behavior
First publication: 2007

This document specifies requirements and the test method for evaluating the sooting behaviour of burning indoor candles. It is applicable to single wick candles with a diameter up to 100 mm or equivalent cross sectional area intended to be burned indoors. It helps to ensure a reasonable degree of safety for normal use, thereby improving personal safety.

 

EN 15493:2019 Candles – Specification for fire safety
First publication: 2007

This document specifies requirements and test methods for the fire safety of candles intended to be burned indoors. It helps to ensure a reasonable degree of safety during use, thereby improving personal safety and reducing the risk of fires, deaths and injuries.

 

EN 15494:2019 Candles – Product safety labels
First publication: 2007
Most fire damage caused by candles can be attributed to improper use by the consumer. The fire risk can be minimized by suitable safety information for the consumer. This document specifies safety information for burning indoor candles and includes requirements on how safety information will be displayed.

 

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Scented indoor candles

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EN 16738:2015 Emission safety of combustible air fresheners – Test methods
First publication: 2015

This document specifies a test method for the determination of emissions resulting from the use of combustible air fresheners into indoor air by means of chamber operation according to EN ISO 16000-9. It defines specific testing conditions for the measurement of the emissions from combustible air fresheners which minimize the effect of the testing on the combustion process.

 

EN 16739:2015 Emission safety of combustible air fresheners – Methodology for the assessment of test results and application of recommended emission limits
First publication: 2015

This document specifies the methodology for the assessment of test results from the emissions of a combustible air freshener, when tested according to EN 16738 and follows REACH Guidance and consumer habits and practices to produce a consumer exposure assessment. It provides reference to published emission limit or guidance values.

 

EN 16740:2015 Emission safety of combustible air fresheners – User safety information
First publication: 2015

This document defines appropriate user safety labelling related to the emissions from combustible air fresheners.

 

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Outdoor candles

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EN 17616 Outdoor candles – Specification for fire safety
First publication: expected in autumn 2021

This document specifies requirements and test methods for the fire safety of candles intended to be burned outdoors. It helps to ensure a reasonable degree of safety during use, thereby improving personal safety and reducing the risk of fires, deaths and injuries.

 

EN 17617 Outdoor candles – Product safety labels
First publication: expected in autumn 2021

Most fire damage caused by candles can be attributed to improper use by the consumer. The fire risk of the candle due to inappropriate use can be minimized by suitable safety information for the consumer. This document specifies safety information for burning outdoor candles and includes requirements on how safety information will be displayed.

 

Note: All EN standards are copyrighted by CEN or the national standardization bodies that implement them as national standards, respectively. Copies of the standards can be purchased from the national standardization bodies.