Printer, computers, and televisions
Audiovisual and information and communication technology equipment can be found in almost every home and work environment. The widespread use of electrically powered devices means they have to be safe to install, operate, and maintain.
IEC technical committee 108, Safety of electronic equipment within the field of audio/video, information technology and communication technology, prepares international standards to make sure that these pieces of equipment are safe to use and have around.
IEC 62368-1, Audio/video, information and communication technology equipment – Part 1: Safety requirements is the safety standard for audiovisual products (AV) and information technology equipment (ITE). This standard applies to the safety of electrical and electronic equipment within the field of audio, video, information and communication technology, and business and office machines with a rated voltage not exceeding 600 V.
Tested and certified
Having these pieces of equipment designed and manufactured according to IEC standards is just the first step. Manufacturers then need to prove that their products conform to the standards. Again, the IEC offers the solution, through IECEE.
The IECEE (IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components) can test and certify AV and ITE equipment manufactured according to IEC standards. When testing this equipment, IECEE focuses on multiple aspects. These include protection against access to live parts, input and current, endurance, abnormal operation, mechanical hazards and strength, switches, internal wiring, supply connection and external flexible cords, provisions for earthing, and resistance to heat and fire.
The IECEE Certification Body Scheme provides the assurance that tested and certified products meet the strictest levels of safety, reliability, and performance as per the requirements of the relevant IEC standards. It helps reduce costs and time to market, eliminates duplicate or multiple testing, and offers a high level of confidence for manufacturers, retailers, and consumers alike.
This article by Aliyah Esmail first appeared in IEC e-tech