This document specifies design and performance criteria arising out of the combination of a reciprocating internal combustion (RIC) engine and an alternating current (AC) generator when operating as a unit. This unit can run in parallel to the grid or not.This document applies to AC generating sets driven by RIC engines for land and marine use, excluding generating sets used on aircraft, or to propel land vehicles and locomotives.For some specific applications (e.g. essential hospital supplies and high-rise buildings), supplementary requirements can apply. The provisions of this document are a basis for establishing any supplementary requirements.For generating sets driven by other reciprocating-type prime movers (e.g. steam engines), the provisions of this document can be used as a basis for establishing these requirements.