BS EN 60990:2016 - Methods of measurement of touch current and protective conductor current

BS EN 60990:2016

Methods of measurement of touch current and protective conductor current

Status : Current   Published : September 2016



This International Standard defines measurement methods for

  • d.c. or a.c. current of sinusoidal or non-sinusoidal waveform, which could flow through the human body, and

  • current flowing through a protective conductor.

The measuring methods recommended for touch current are based upon the possible effects of current flowing through a human body. In this standard, measurements of current through networks representing the impedance of the human body are referred to as measurements of touch current. These networks are not necessarily valid for the bodies of animals.

The specification or implication of specific limit values is not within the scope of this standard. IEC TS 60479 series provides information regarding the effects of current passing through the human body from which limit values may be derived.

This standard is applicable to all classes of equipment, according to IEC 61140.

The methods of measurement in this standard are not intended to be used for

  • touch currents having less than 1 s duration,

  • patient currents as defined in IEC 60601‑1,

  • a.c. at frequencies below 15 Hz, and

  • currents above those chosen for electric burn limits.

This basic safety publication is primarily intended for use by technical committees in the preparation of standards in accordance with the principles laid down in IEC Guide 104 and ISO/IEC Guide 51. It is not intended for use by manufacturers or certification bodies independent of product standards.

One of the responsibilities of a technical committee is, wherever applicable, to make use of basic safety publications in the preparation of its publications. The requirements, test methods or test conditions of this basic safety publication only apply when specifically referred to or included in the relevant publications.

Standard NumberBS EN 60990:2016
TitleMethods of measurement of touch current and protective conductor current
Publication Date30 September 2016
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)IEC TS 60479-1:2005, IEC 61140, IEC Guide 104:2010, ISO/IEC Guide 51:2014, IEC TS 60479-2:2007
Informative References(Provided for Information)IEC 60065, IEC 62368-1, IEC 60309-1:1999, IEC 60950-1, IEC 60364-1, IEC 60335-1, IEC 60601-1, ISO/IEC Guide 50, IEC 61010-1, IEC 60364-4-41:2005, IEC TS 60479, IEC 60050-604:1987, IEC 60050-195:1998
ReplacesBS EN 60990:2000, IEC 60990:1999
International RelationshipsEN 60990:2016,IEC 60990:2016
Draft Superseded By15/30319022 DC
DescriptorsElectrical testing, Test equipment, Protected electrical equipment, Electrical impedance, Waveforms, Leakage currents, Alternating current, Electrical conductivity, Electrical protection equipment, Circuit networks, Electrical measurement, Safety devices, Testing conditions, Performance, Current measurement, Rated frequencies, Rated voltage, Earthing, Measuring instruments, Electrical safety, Electric conductors, Calibration, Electrical equipment, Electric current, Physiological effects (human body), Direct current
Title in FrenchMéthodes de mesure du courant de contact et du courant dans le conducteur de protection
Title in GermanVerfahren zur Messung von Berührungsstrom und Schutzleiterstrom
ISBN978 0 580 89313 1
File Size2.496 MB

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