Unlike existing ‘risk-based’ safety standards, 62368-1 uses a new ‘hazard-based’ methodology to assess the safety of Audio Video (AV) and IT & Communication Technology (ICT) products, which may allow for greater design freedom.
Components & Subassemblies
To help facilitate a smooth transition to 62368-1, components and subassemblies that already comply with 60065 or 60950-1 will be considered acceptable without further evaluation, other than to give consideration to the appropriate use of the component or subassembly in the end-product.
Latest Update on EN 62368-1:2014 (edition 2) and UL 62368-1
Date of Withdrawal (DOW) has been changed by CENELEC from 20 June 2019 to 20 December 2020.
(DOW is the official latest date by which the national standards conflicting with EN 62368-1:2014, i.e. EN 60065 & EN 60950-1, have to be withdrawn.)
It is anticipated that the US will align their UL 62368-1 transition date with the EU, once it is published in the Official Journal.
Latest Update on EN/IEC 62368-1 (edition 3)
IEC 62368-1 edition 3 was published on 4th October 2018.
It is expected that, when the European version (EN 62368-1 edition 3) is published (probably by the end of 2018), the transition period will be aligned with edition 2. This timing would circumvent the need to comply with EN 62368-1 edition 2, which is considered to contain a number of significant flaws.
Edition 3 of IEC 62368-1 includes additional/alternative requirements for the following:
- Outdoor equipment
- Optical radiation
- Insulating liquids
- Work cells
- Wireless power transmitters
- Fully insulated winding wire (FIW)
- Sound pressure
- Method for determination of top, bottom and side openings for fire enclosures
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