Discover the benefits of early engagement with IEC 62368-1
You should start planning early for your engagement with IEC 62368-1 to avoid missing the new standard adoption dates or finding out that your products do not comply to the new standard requirements, resulting in missed sales opportunities in many of the biggest and most lucrative global markets.
Compliance with the 2nd edition of 62368-1 is mandatory for all A/V and ICT equipment sold in Europe from December 20, 2020, and permanently replaces both IEC 60065 and IEC 60950-1. North America will also certify products to 62368-1 adopting the same date of December 20, 2020.
Aside from avoiding any unforeseen last-minute obstacles – including longer wait times which may be caused by a late rush – early engagement offers you several competitive advantages.
Manufacturing costs can be reduced
By engaging early, you may
- Gain the potential of reduced manufacturing costs.
- Leverage marketing advantages with customers.
- Introduce new technology and products to market more quickly.
- Benefit from design cost savings.
- Increase flexibility in design and construction.
- Allow your design teams time to learn the new standard, and adapt their work.
Late compliance may cause disruption
IEC 62368-1 standard is large and complex. Among other things, it:
- Uses the new safety principles of Hazard-based Safety Engineering (HSBE).
- Largely replaces prescriptive design rules with a performance-based, three-block model of safety.
- May require some new test equipment.
- Deploys new terms, definitions, and concepts, such as "energy sources", "safeguards", and "instructed persons".
You should also be aware that the compliance process can take up to six months, and late compliance may cause disruption to global supply chains, sales, and the bottom line.
The 62368-1 toolkit provides you with up-to-date knowledge as well as all the information needed to help you and your team complete the transition smoothly and in plenty of time.
UL also has the expertise and insight to assist you in the efficient implementation of the new standard.