IEC 61439 : frequently asked questions (part 2)

Here are simple answers to 3 other questions about the new IEC standard :

4) Why have the different parts of the standard (switchboards, busbar trunking…) changed?

The structure has changed to be consistent with the IEC 60947-X switchgear and  controlgear standards. The power switchboards are now covered by a specific  standard, IEC 61439-2, whereas it was covered by a general rules standard.

5) Is the new standard in force for all kinds of LV Assemblies (switchboards, busbar trunking…)?

No. Only IEC 61 439-2 for power assemblies and IEC 61 439-1 for general rules are  available. The other parts are scheduled by 2011. That’s why the standards IEC  60439-1 & -2 are still valid for the busbar trunking systems.

6) Should the tests carried out according to the IEC 60439-1 standard be redone according to the new standard?

No. It is only necessary to do the additional tests, such as the temperature rise test  of each circuit loaded with its rated current and the lifting test.


    • there is a link at the end of the article, called IEC 61439 : frequently asked questions. Just click on it and you’ll go to 1st part.

      Alternatively, if you click on the “eletrical standards” category on the left, you will find all articles related to this subject (there is more than FAQ)

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