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IEC 61591:2019 applies to cooking fume extractors incorporating a fan for the recirculation or extraction mode situated in a household kitchen. It can also be used for cooking fume extractors where the fan is mounted separately from the appliance, but controlled by the appliance when the fan is defined in the technical documentation (e.g. name plate data) and instructions for installation. This document deals also with down-draft systems arranged beside, behind or under the cooking appliance. This document defines the main performance characteristics of these appliances, which are of interest to the user, and specifies methods for measuring these characteristics. This document does not specify a classification or ranking for performance. This document does not deal with safety requirements that are in accordance with IEC 60335-1 and IEC 60335-2-31. This second edition cancels and replaces the first edition published in 1997, Amendment 1:2005 and Amendment 2:2010. This edition constitutes a technical revision. This edition includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the previous edition: a) new subclause about instruments and measurements (see 6.6); b) new procedure for measuring the fluid dynamic efficiency (FDE), which follows the CENELEC proposal in principle; c) revised procedure for determining the odour reduction for cooking fume extractors in recirculation mode (see Clause 12); d) modification to the measurement of the effectiveness of the lighting system (see Clause 11); e) clearer procedure to measure the grease absorption (see Clause 13);
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Status Registered trilingual Belgian standard EN or FR or DE
Situation valid till 2026-05-01
Replaced by  NBN EN IEC 61591:2023
Replaces  NBN EN 61591:1997
Replaces  NBN EN 61591:1997/A1:2006
Replaces  NBN EN 61591:1997/A2:2011
Replaces  NBN EN 61591:1997/A3:2014
Replaces  NBN EN 61591:1997/A4:2015
Committee CLC/TC 59X
Performance of household and similar electrical appliances
BEC Approval 2019-11-18
NBN Approval 2020-08-27
ICS-Code (International Standards Classification) 97.040.20
NBN Status New
Date of ratification (d.o.r.) 2019-11-18
Date of availability (d.a.v.) 2020-07-10
Date of announcement (d.o.a.) 2020-10-10
Date of publication (d.o.p.) 2021-01-10
Date of withdrawal former edition (d.o.w.) 2023-07-10
Correspondences with international standards
Relation International standard Date
is identical to EN IEC 61591:2020 2020-07-10
is identical to IEC 61591:201X
Relations to belgian/foreign publications
Type Origin Code Date
Standard Belgium EN 60584-2
Standard Belgium EN 60704-2-13
Standard Belgium EN 62301
Standard Belgium EN ISO 5167-1
Standard Belgium EN ISO 5167-2
Standard Belgium EN ISO 5167-3
Standard Belgium EN ISO 5167-4
Standard Belgium EN ISO 80000-1