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2021-01-27 expert contribution

Testing according to the new standard

As of 12/20/2020, the IEC/EN 60950-1 (for information and communication technology equipment) and IEC/EN 60065 (for audio/video equipment) standards may no longer be used. Therefore, a new certificate is required for these two standards. Here you will find an overview of the changes and the resulting necessary steps. We will appreciate to support you in obtaining a certificate for your product that is still valid. 


Stefan Wingenfeld

Standards discontinuation in the field of audio/video and information and communication technology

The standards used so far

  • IEC/EN 60950-1 for devices in the field of information and communication technology and
  • IEC/EN 60065 for devices in the audio/video sector

are no longer applicable and have been replaced by the new IEC/EN 62368-1 standard since 12/21/2020. 

Therefore, all devices that are to continue to comply with the safety requirements of the relevant directives must be tested in accordance with the new normative standard. 

Graphic discontinuation of standards

All products from the following groups are affected by the change in standards:

Products that are integrated into communication networks dominate living spaces both privately and industrially. The entire product does not have to be covered by the IEC/EN 62368-1 standard - often only individual modules in control cabinets or kitchen appliances are affected. Here the VDE is the right companion for your needs, as all departments under one roof enable fast and targeted processing.

Product groups affected by the change in standards

The future for your directive compliance

The new "Hazard Based Standard" (HBST) IEC/EN 62368-1 is the future for your directive conformity. The standard forms the basis for the corresponding device types to meet the low-voltage directive, the radio directive and the required safety standards.

At a glance it looks like this:

Graphic for ICT & AV IEC 62368-1
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nyul / Adobe

We appreciate to support you with your implementation

If you have not yet updated your products to the latest standard, this can still be done now. A timely approach to implementation prevents market access problems, the sooner the better.

We do not leave you alone in this process. The VDE Institute is at your side as a strong partner and accompanies you with personal, normative advice right from the development phase. In this way, you avoid costly and time-consuming rework or new designs, while at the same time accelerating the market access of your products.    

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The complex set of rules of international recognition is our daily business. We support you so that the safety of your products is recognized internationally.

The VDE mark is highly valued worldwide. Together with a CB certificate, this is a door opener for many markets. Do you need a CB implementation? We support you here as well. 

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