The Arc Fault Detection Devices (AFDD) exist in the European market since 2014.
The product standard that describes the performances of this type of protective devices, IEC 62606, has been released in 2013, and since 2014, the IEC 60364 (installation standard) recommends the use of AFDD in residential and buildings installations:
in Sleeping accommodations: e.g. bedrooms (in residential), hotels, nursing home
in Locations with risks of fire due to the nature of processed or stored materials: e.g. barns, woodworking shops, stores of combustible materials
in Locations with combustible constructional materials: e.g. wooden buildings
in Fire propagating structures: e.g. high rise buildings
in Locations with endangering of irreplaceable goods: e.g. museums