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2020-08-12 expert contribution

Information on the discontinuation of standards in the area of audio/video and information and communication technology

For manufacturers of devices in the audio/video (A/V) and information and communication technology (ICT) sector, major normative changes are due at the turn of 2020/21.

Stefan Wingenfeld

What exactly is changing?

The norms 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 used and will be replaced by the new IEC/EN 62368-1 standard from December 21, 2020.

This means that all equipment that is to continue to meet the safety requirements of the relevant directives must be tested according to the new normative standard. All safety-relevant certificates that were previously created on the basis of IEC/EN 60950-1 or IEC/EN 60065 lose their validity.

Graphic discontinuation of standards

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

Product groups 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.

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

Are you already on the cutting edge of technology?

The transition to the new standard will take place in stages. We won't leave you alone. 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 reworking or new constructions while at the same time accelerating market access for your products. Get us involved early!

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