New electric beauty care appliance standard published: IEC 60335-2-115:2021

An IEC standard for skin care beauty appliances has recently been published, IEC 60335-2-115:2021. This mandatory safety standard is not country-specific; however, it will be implemented in all countries that are members of the International Electrotechnical Commission for Electrical Equipment (IECEE).

A number of electric appliances related to skincare and beauty, intended for both household and commercial use, with their rated voltage not exceeding 250 V, will be required to adhere to these new requirements. Examples of these types of products include:


● Battery-operated appliances
● DC-supplied appliances
● Appliances utilizing high, medium, and low frequency outputs
● Epilators
● Vacuum-pressured appliances
● Wax melting appliances
● Appliances having surface cooling effect on the skin
● Facial cleaning appliances
● Micro-needling appliances
● Plasma pens, etc.

This new standard addresses the common hazards that are present when users operate such kind of appliances.

For many years, these appliances have been present on the market without any appropriate standards to measure their operational safety levels. With the introduction of this new standard, re-testing and re-certification efforts are required for beauty care appliance manufacturers. Those who fail to demonstrate compliance and certification will experience difficulty getting their product to market successfully.

How Nemko Can Help

Nemko’s test laboratory is able to help your organization prepare the necessary test reports and documentation to ensure compliance with IEC 60335-2-115:2021. From new product development, through worldwide market access, Nemko can help to shorten your time to market and ensure your product is safe and compliant with all applicable standards. For more information, please contact us at info@nemko.com 

Written by Terje Ulsrud
Terje Ulsrud is the Standards responsible in the Nemko Group for Household appliances. He has over 30 years of experience with testing and certification within this category. Terje has been active within standardization as a member of the IEC TC 61 (International Committee) and the CLC TC 61 (European Committee) for safety of household and similar electrical appliances since 2007. He is currently the Chairman of the Norwegian Committee NK 61. Terje won the International Electrotechnical Commission’s 1906 Award in 2018 for his contributions within electrotechnical standardisation.

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