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The Story behind European Standard EN16662-1:2020

EN16662-1 represents an important step towards European interoperability for drivers crossing borders under adverse weather and is neutralizing anti-competitive lobbying. Herewith and for the very first time a European standard defines testing methods to ensure both operational and passenger safety as well as a minimum quantity of performance on snow and ice for all devices, independently of their material and construction. It applies to all types of supplementary grip devices (SGD) e.g., metal, textile, hybrid, such as snow chains, snow socks or hybrid devices.


What lasts long will be good

The consolidation with the result of a new European standard put together the expertise and interests of the delegates from 27 nations, the manufacturers for SGD and the accredited testing and certification bodies. The new standard should solve weaknesses in criteria for safety and long outdated interpretations of suitable materials and design of previous standards and additionally opens to the technical progress of the last 25 years.
After 10 years with 26 meetings between 2010 and 2020, the responsible European Committee for Standardization CEN / TC301 / WG7 finally reached an agreement in its 27th meeting on September 17th/18th, 2019 in Paris. Among other things the main result were the newly developed criteria of minimum requirements for safety, performance, quality, test procedure and labeling. The result was poured into an EN 16662-1prN (prN: provisional norm), which was passed on to the 27 national standard committees for check and voting. The result was positive, and the paper was accepted.

CEN changed the provisional into a final version and released it as the new standard EN ISO 16662-1:2020 combined with the requirement that this new standard must be applied in full in all 27 member states of the European Union. Any other national standards that conflicted with the new standard are up to be withdrawn until November 30th, 2020.

AutoSock has engaged actively for 10 years to reach the goal of a new European standard and worked together with CEN to define the minimum requirements and standards. AutoSock for passenger cars has been the first SGD successfully tested and certified by this new standard.

Story behind European Standard EN16662-1 told by AutoSock


Do you need more information about EN16662-1? Read our news post here or watch our explainer video in multiple languages here.

Read also our news article "The AutoSock Regulations Update for the new Winter Season 2021-2022" and check our frequently updated AutoSock Regulations.