When can my company begin submitting AV & ICT equipment and components for product investigation and certification to Edition No. 3 of IEC 62368-1?
As with previous publications of IEC TC108’s standards, such as IEC 62368, IEC 60950 and IEC 60065, the simple availability of an IEC standard does not result in it being immediately available for certification.
Generally, adoption of the standard by individual countries, or groups of countries within a region, is critical before the standard can be used for global market access. Typically, the content of the IEC standard needs to be reviewed to determine the need for National Differences. Subsequently, National Differences need to be proposed and accepted, resulting in the IEC-based standard being adopted as a National Standard. Only then can it be used for investigation and certification of products, in this case, for AV & ICT equipment. In Europe, the process of adopting IEC 62368-1 is underway within CENELEC, but the review, proposal, voting, and adoption processes are not expected to be completed until 1H 2019. In Canada and the U.S., the industry-led Technical Harmonization Committee (THC) for 62368-1 has been collaborating since earlier this year on draft content for the next CSA/UL 62368-1 based on Edition No. 3 of IEC 62368-1. However, first the content of proposed National Differences needs to be finalized, and then the formal adoption processes in Canada and the U.S. can begin. In Canada, this involves proposing the standard as a Canadian national standard in accordance with Standards Council of Canada (SCC) rules. In the U.S., this involves proposing the standard as a U.S. national standard in accordance with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) rules. Both processes involve review by the respective CSA and UL technical committees, public comment periods in each country, resolution of comments, and then formal votes. It is anticipated that these processes will not result in the next CSA/UL 62368-1 standard being published and available for certification until late 3Q 2019.
Regarding the IECEE CB Scheme, the international system for mutual acceptance of test reports and certificates associated with the safety of electrical and electronic components, equipment and products, and for which 60065, 60950-1 and 62368-1 make up over 40% of the Scheme, generally minimum three (3) NCBs need to agree to participate in the Scheme for a new standard. However, even then, specific Scheme infrastructure pieces need to be in place before the Scheme is operational, including availability of a new Test Report Form (TRF) for the new edition, updated Testing Equipment Lists, and updated CBTL accreditations. However, even with these pieces are in place, the Scheme will have limited value until countries begin producing national versions of the IEC standard. Considering all of the above, it is not expected IEC 62368-1 Edition No. 3 will be used actively for product investigation/certification until well into 2019.