EN 1789:2020

Medical vehicles and their equipment - Road ambulances

Publication date:   Jan 21, 2021

General information

60.60 Standard published   Sep 2, 2020


CEN/TC 239 Rescue systems

European Norm

11.160   First aid | 43.160   Special purpose vehicles



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This European Standard specifies requirements for the design, testing, performance and equipping of road ambulances used for the transport, monitoring, treatment and care of patients. It contains requirements for the patient’s compartment in terms of the working environment, ergonomic design and the safety of the crew and patients.This European Standard does not cover the training of the staff which is the responsibility of the authority/authorities in the country where the ambulance is to be registered.
This European Standard is applicable to road ambulances capable of transporting at least one person on a stretcher and excludes the transportation of hospital beds.
This standard also specifies requirements for ambulances intended to carry transport incubator systems.
The European Standard covers the specific requirements of each type of road ambulance which are
designated according to the patient condition e.g. patient transport road ambulance types A1, A2, B and C.
This European Standard gives general requirements for medical devices carried in road ambulances and used therein and outside hospitals and clinics in situations where the ambient conditions can differ from normal indoor conditions.

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EN 1789:2007+A2:2014


EN 1789:2020
60.60 Standard published
Sep 2, 2020