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What's in a Frame? ISO Releases New Standard for Glasses Frames

Posted 24 April 2012 | By Alexander Gaffney, RAC 

The International Standards Organization (ISO) released a new standard for glasses frames, saying a new standard was needed to "ensure that glasses manufactured everywhere in the world are safe to use" and adhere to "fundamental requirements."

ISO's standard, ISO 12870:2012, Ophthalmic optics - Spectacle frames - Requirements and test methods, includes outlined requirements for:

  • physiological compatibility
  • measurement
  • dimensional tolerances
  • tolerance on screw threads
  • dimensional stability at elevated temperature
  • resistance to perspiration
  • mechanical stability
  • resistance to ignition
  • resistance to optical radiation.

"The standard includes guidelines for testing, inspection, compliance, marking and information labeling," explained ISO in a statement. "In addition, it provides recommendations for the design of spectacle frames."


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