From: John Woodgate
Subject: Re: 95/54/EC - Automotive Directive
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2002 20:13:29 +0100
Organization: JMWA Electronics Consultancy
Reply-To: John Woodgate
NNTP-Posting-Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2002 21:17:35 +0000 (UTC)
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I read in sci.electronics.design that john jardine
wrote (in <871568ec.0210250939.47eb14c1@pos
ting.google.com>) about '95/54/EC - Automotive Directive', on Fri, 25
>For a period of 18 months before the European EMC directives came into
>force. I was deluged with high quality, glossy, expensively printed,
>business "information and awareness " packs from the British
>Department of trade and industry. I kept all these in a file that
>ended up 10" deep. *Absolutely nowhere* in them was there any remote
>reference, or mention, or ball park comparison, of what the standards
>actually meant to someone who needed to know. I.e a uV or a Watt ect.
Since the qualifications for a top Civil Service job is an Oxbridge
degree in Egyptology, what do you expect? (;-)
>A subsequent *lot* of farting about with the British Standards
> turned up a few, very badly photocopied pages with the word
>"Draft" stamped over them, obliterating much of the text.
You should have sent them back and insisted on legible copies. I did.
> These cost
You mean, in total? IIRC, at that time individual DPCs were about GBP10
> and provided very little useful technical information. The
>implication was for us to spend lots more money purchasing other
>technical documents referred to in the originals.
That's why it was wise to use an EMC consultant, and often still is,
particularly one who is a member of all the relevant committees. They
have collections of all the documents, including those not yet
>needed tech info had been 'spread spectrum' over a host of supporting
>documents. The only conclusion I could draw was that this was a money
>making venture on behalf of BSI. (later admitted, 'off the record', by
>one of their people).
Well, it wasn't, whatever you were told. It was just the result of
applying the standard procedures while the number of documents exploded.
>Also ... *nowhere* in the DTI's awareness bumph was any overt mention
>made that companies could 'self certify'. The suggestion was the use
>of expensive test houses only.
I don't think the Egyptologists realised that it was possible. They were
used to the Pharaoh always deferring to the High Priest. (;-)
Regards, John Woodgate, OOO - Own Opinions Only. http://www.jmwa.demon.co.uk
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