Interview with Dr. Gunther Kegel
DKE: How relevant are harmonized European standards for Pepperl+Fuchs?
Kegel: Harmonized European standards are invaluable to us! First of all, they tell our European customers not to worry: the product that has been correspondingly evaluated and declared is guaranteed to meet the safety requirements that the EU has laid down in its directives and regulations: for example, when it comes to contact protection for sensors in order to rule out the risk of electric shock. Compliance with harmonized European standards is therefore an important quality feature. Secondly, they in essence represent the basis for the single European market because they apply unconditionally in all of those countries. No one can opt out, or make special requests, and thus seal off their own market. And thirdly – and this is essential for our economic activity in the EU – standards are part of our technical regulation and thus represent the state of the art. Those who carefully design their products in accordance with harmonized standards do not have to face accusations of gross negligence or intent. This is of paramount importance for legal certainty in the event of product defects.