General Test Standards



Standard Title Status UK Replacement Title
General Test Standard

BS 6469 (Sections1.1 to 5.1)


Insulating and sheathing materials of
electric cables.
Methods of test


Withdrawn between 1995 & 2000

BS EN 60811
(Parts;1-1 to 5-1)
(Note 5)

Insulating and sheathing materials of electric and optical cables – Common test methods

BS 6469
(Section 98.1)

Insulating and sheathing materials of electric cables. Additional harmonized non-electrical test methods. Test for TMPU sheath Withdrawn August 2005

BS EN 50396


Non electrical test methods for low voltage energy cables

BS 5099:


Specification for spark testing of electric cables


Withdrawn 2004


BS 5099:2004
BS EN 62230

Electric cables – Voltage levels for spark
testing Method for spark testing of cables 

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