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Tunstall confirms its telecare devices are compliant with the new EN300-220-2 Class 1 standard

Tunstall Group : 04 February, 2008  (New Product)
Tunstall has confirmed that independent laboratory testing shows that its social alarm radio receiving equipment (including Lifeline home units and Communicall grouped housing systems) is compliant with the new EN300-220-2 Class 1 standard and thereby maintains CE-marking.
The standard assures purchasers and users of Tunstall products that they are designed to the highest and latest applicable safety standards. Independent test lab certification can be made available on request.

The upgraded EN300 220-2 V2.1.2 safety standard, which came into effect on 1 January 2008 following a one year manufacturer grace period, classifies radio receivers into three categories Class 1, 2 and 3. The standard states that Class 2 and 3 receivers should be used only for ‘devices where failure to operate does not constitute a safety hazard’. Class 1 receivers are for use within ‘devices servicing systems where failure may result in a physical risk to a person’.

For Telecare providers the new safety standard requires equipment to carry CE marking to be legally sold in the EU, and that social alarm receiver product can not be CE-marked without conforming to the mandatory standard.

Mike Hodges, research & development director at Tunstall said: “Tunstall gives priority to compliance with current and emergent safety standards. We have been complying with EN300-220 and manufacturing Class 1 receivers in our social alarm equipment for a number of years. Therefore, we have seen the latest move to the mandatory and higher specification Class 1 standard as a logical step forward. “

“We will continue to pursue the highest levels of safety and reliability to ensure that users are not put at unnecessary risk, and to ensure that buyers are provided with legal equipment that is compliant with all necessary technical standards”.

Tunstall does provide service and support for other suppliers’ equipment, but the company cannot provide reassurance on Class 1 compliance for those products not manufactured by Tunstall. The company recommends that purchasers of Telecare and social alarm systems seek written clarification from their supplier/manufacturer to ensure that all new social alarm equipment being delivered conforms to the new standard.
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