The main requirements stipulated in the DIN 33961 Part 5 are as follows:
Requirements for EMS Training
- The user must be able to reach the operating device in 1 second (distance approximately 120 cm)
- The trainer must be able to reach the operating device in 1 second (distance approximately 120 cm)
- The trainer must be able to reach the user in 1 second (distance approximately 120 cm)
- A trainer must be present throughout every training session.
- Each trainer must supervise no more than 2 users per training session.
- The trainer and user must maintain constant eye contact and verbal communication.
- Every user must be given an initial briefing and complete an EMS-specific contraindications form in writing.
- Users must rest for at least four days between training sessions.
- Special requirements apply to the first training session and the first ten weeks of regular training.
Requirements for EMS Training Equipment
- All EMS training devices must comply with the DIN EN 61000 and DIN EN 60335 (CE declaration of conformity).
- Providers are obliged to use EMS training devices that have been developed and manufactured in accordance to the requirements set out in DIN EN 60601-2-10 (manufacturer’s certificate).
- A holding device (handle or handrail) for the user must be in place.
- The user must not be able to adjust the intensity of the device in rapid steps.
- All control elements that govern intensity must be recognisable and operable immediately and intuitively without switching menus.
- The trainer must be able to see clearly which user is connected to which device.
- All technical equipment must be authorised and approved by the manufacturer.
- Training clothes must have an antimicrobial coating or be machine-washable at 90 °C.
- Electrodes must have an antimicrobial coating or be cleaned and disinfected after every training session.
Requirements for Staff
- Every trainer must have at least a basic qualification in the field of individual fitness training (grade DQR 2 from a recognised or certified educational institute).
- Every trainer must also have an additional qualification in the field of EMS training from a certified educational institute and must have at least ten sessions’ worth of proven training experience.