With the lines blurring between IT equipment and “traditional” AV devices, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Technical Committee (TC) 108 has been developing the IEC 62368-1 standard that will replace the existing standings for IEC 60950-1 and IEC 60065. Building upon the foundation of hazard-based safety engineering (HBSE) standards, the new standards is performance oriented and some key changes covers (i) Energy hazard limits, (ii) Mechanical hazards, (iii) Components and (iv) Revised touch temperature limits.
Latest Development for EN 62368-1 Standards
On June 15, 2018, the European Union published the latest Official Journal 2018/C 209 37 to postpone the enforcement time of EN 62368-1:2014 by 18 months from June 20, 2019 to December 20, 2020. To adapt to this new update, your business will need to reassess the next steps to transit seamlessly between the new and old standards in your certification process. In addition, you will need to take product design cycles, production cycles and prevailing market conditions into considerations for re-adjustment to the newly announced schedule.
For manufacturers, you will now be able to reschedule the standard transition for some products to a later date. However, this will translate into a need to maintain both the new and old standards in a parallel for a longer time span, while paying close attention to the any new development of the IEC/EN 62368-1 standards.
Embark on the Transition Journey with TÜV Rheinland
Since the release of the new standards, TÜV Rheinland has been introducing the philosophy of "potential hazard based safety engineering" during the stages of product design, development and production for our clients. Concurrently, we are also preparing businesses to be ready for the transition from legacy standards to the updated hazard-based IEC 62368-1 standard by providing a convenient one-stop service.
In addition, we also provide global Market Access Services based on IEC 62368-1:2014 CB report, across the major global markets below:
With the implementation date drawing nearer, it will be important for your business to be prepare for the transition from legacy standards to the updated hazard-based IEC 6236801 standards. Apart from making your products safer, this will also help future proof your IT Equipment (ITE) and Audio-Visual (AV) innovations for market access entry into the global markets.
To learn how you may align your IT/AV products to IEC 62368-1 as early as possible in you supply chain as possible, do not hesitate to reach out to our team as below: