What is Harmonization?

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What is Harmonization? <HAR>

A cable that is intended to be used in Europe on electronic or electrical equipment should have a Harmonized <HAR> approval. The development of common standards for the European marketplace facilitates export trade to European countries. An international safety standards agency called CENELEC was formed to develop electrical standards that would be acceptable to all European CENELEC nations.

The electrical standards are classified as Harmonization Documents. <HAR> cordage and hookup wire conforms to Harmonization documents HD-21 and HD-22.

  • HD-21: Specifications for PVC insulated wires and cables
  • HD-22: Specifications for Rubber insulated cords and cables

In order to identify a <HAR> wire or cable, one of the following identification methods are required:

  • Printed letter <HAR> on either the outer jacket or insulation
  • Printed tape internally within the cable

Countries involved in CENELEC are: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom.

HARMONIZED COLOR CODE: VDE 0293-308
1 Core - black
2 Cores - blue/brown
3 Cores - yellow/blue/brown
4 Cores - yellow/brown/black/gray
5 Cores - yellow/brown/gray/black/blue

Harmonized Color Codes

What is Harmonization? PDF
 Core #             ColorCore #              Color     Core #                   Color
1white22brown / blue43blue / black
2brown23white / red44red / black
3green24brown / red45white / brown / black
4yellow25white / black46yellow / green / black
5gray26brown / black47gray / pink / black
6pink27gray / green48red / blue / black
7blue28yellow / gray49white / green / black
8red29pink / green50brown / green / black
9black30yellow / pink51white / yellow / black
10purple 31green / blue52yellow/ brown /black
11gray / pink 32yellow / blue53white / gray / black
12red / blue 33green / red54gray / brown / black
13white / green34yellow / red55white / pink / black
14brown / green 35green / black56pink / brown/ black
15white / yellow 36yellow / black57white / blue / black
16yellow / brown 37gray / blue58brown / blue / black
17white / gray 38pink / blue59white / red / black
18gray / brown 39gray / red60brown / red / black
19white / pink 40pink / red61black / white
20pink / brown 41gray / black
21white / blue42pink / black