In the ever-changing world of digital technology, safety standards for Audio/Visual and Information Technology Equipment (ITE) products are constantly being updated and developed to reflect the changes. Product safety for these products is moving away from a prescriptive approach to a hazard safety approach with the introduction of 62368-1. This hazard-based 62368 standard offers greater flexibility in product design and makes it easier for introduction of new technology.
62368-1 is the hazard-based standard that will eventually replace existing standards: IEC/EN/UL/CSA 60065, Audio, Video and Similar Electronic Apparatus, and IEC/EN/UL/CSA 60950–1, Information Technology Equipment. This new standard applies to a broad range of high-tech products from consumer electronics to office equipment and offers greater flexibility in product design, making it easier for the introduction of new technology.
The current effective date for 62368-1 in the United States and Europe is Dec. 20, 2020. Noncompliant products can’t be sold in major markets beyond the effective date, so plan ahead to ensure your products carry 62368-1 certification and avoid costly delays. For more information on the industry review process specifically associated with UL’s IEC 60950 — and 62368-based Standards, refer to the overview of the Consumer Technology Sector Review Process.
We have created a toolkit to help you prepare for a smooth transition from legacy standards 60065 and 60950-1, to 62368-1.
The 62368 UL ToolKit is a comprehensive resource that includes:
- A copy of the 62368-1 Standard ($642 value)
- Step-by-step transition guide
- Notifications on latest updates to 62368-1
- Access to webinars/webcasts
- Exclusive members-only Q&A blog
- And more
The new standards cover a wide range of high-tech products, including:
- Computing and networking products: servers, PCs, routers, notebook/laptop computers, tablets and their power supplies
- Consumer electronics: amplifiers, home theater systems, digital cameras and personal music players
- Displays and display units: monitors, TVs and digital projectors
- Telecommunication products: network infrastructure equipment, cordless and mobile phones, and similar communication devices, including battery powered devices
- Office appliances: copiers and document shredders
- Similar varieties of audio/video, information and communication technology equipment: devices used in homes, schools, data processing centers, commercial and professional environments
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