The standard IEC 61730 comprises the requirements for the design and the testing of PV modules regarding the qualification for the safe electrical and mechanical operation throughout their expected lifetime. The test sequences of the IEC 61730 are designed such that they can co-ordinate with those of the IEC 61215 (PV modules - design qualification and type approval) and the test samples may be used for the performance as well as for the safety qualification. Among the test categories are:
Besides the basic tests, the standard foresees additional tests that depend on the module end-use applications, which are categorized in classes A, B and C.
The tests are judged to be passed, if the test applied would not result into potential electric shock, fire and personal injury.
The IEC 61730 comprises all tests that are required for the determination of the protection class according to IEC 61140.