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International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has introduced new requirements in the latest Edition No. 3 of IEC 62368-1, the emerging safety standard for audio/video, information and communication technology equipment. This hazard-based standard will eventually replace IEC 60065 and IEC 60950-1, in addition to Edition No. 2 of the Standard, so do take note of the changes.

UL helps clients manage a smooth transition by providing the latest updates on changing requirements. An in-depth analysis of Edition 3 versus Edition 2 is available in UL’s exclusive 62368-1 Transition Toolkit.

New requirements in this edition include:

  • addition of requirements for outdoor equipment
  • new requirements for optical radiation
  • addition of requirements for insulating liquids
  • addition of requirements for work cells
  • addition of requirements for wireless power transmitters
  • addition of requirements for fully insulated winding wire (FIW)
  • alternative method for determination of top, bottom and side openings for fire enclosures
  • alternative requirements for sound pressure

Register for UL’s 62368-1 Transition Toolkit for immediate access to this valuable resource and much more.

Update: IEC 62368-1:2018 (Edition No. 3) Published

Edition No. 3 of IEC 62368-1 (IEC 62368-1:2018) has been published as of October 4, 2018.

IEC 62368-1, Audio/video, information and communication technology equipment – Part 1: Safety requirements, is a key element of an active multi-year transition that will result in IEC 62368-1 wholly covering equipment currently falling under the scopes of the standards, IEC 60065, and IEC 60950-1.

These standards currently make up over 40% of the IECEE CB Scheme.

Related to key changes in Edition No. 3 from Edition No. 2, the Foreword to Edition No. 3 includes the following information:

This edition includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the previous edition:

  • addition of requirements for outdoor equipment
  • new requirements for optical radiation
  • addition of requirements for insulating liquids
  • addition of requirements for work cells
  • addition of requirements for wireless power transmitters
  • addition of requirements for fully insulated winding wire (FIW)
  • alternative method for determination of top, bottom and side openings for fire enclosures
  • alternative requirements for sound pressure

Concurrently, technical committee work continues on national/regional versions of Edition No. 3 in Europe, Canada and the U.S.

The next EN 62368-1 standard based on Edition No. 3 of IEC 62368-1 is not expected to be approved/published until 1H 2019.

The next CSA/UL 62368-1 standard based on Edition No. 3 of IEC 62368-1 is not expected to be approved/published until late 2Q or early 3Q 2019.

UL will continue to provide timely updates on further developments as they become available.

 

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