February 16, 2015. By March 20, 2015, committees in over 50 countries will vote regarding the “candle standard” IEC 62441/Ed1. This standard defines requirements for the external casings of electronics to resist ignition by a small candle flame.
Such “candle standards” for electronics do not increase fire safety, and are primarily met with flame retardant chemicals that are harmful to human health and ecosystems and prevent the efficient recycling of plastics. The problems with external ignition standards for electronics are explained in detail in our white paper The Case Against Candle Resistant Electronics.
Similar external ignition amendments to several international standards for electronics have been voted down in 2008, 2012, 2013, and 2014.