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Testing and Certification

In the worldwide market today, the stuff you make must be safe and meet the regulations. GMA Labs helps manufacturers by testing and certifying them for E&E safety testing. IEC/EN 62368-1 is a safety standard for audio/video, information, and communication technology equipment. It focuses on hazard-based safety engineering principles and is intended to replace the older standards IEC 60950-1 for ICT equipment and IEC 60065 for AV equipment. Here are some main aspects of testing under IEC 62368-1:

  • Hazard-Based Approach:

Unlike the previous standards, IEC 62368-1 adopts a hazard-based approach to safety. This means it identifies potential hazards that a product might pose and establishes requirements to mitigate these hazards.

  • Product Scope:

IEC 62368-1 applies to a wide range of products, including audio and video equipment, information technology equipment, and communication technology equipment. It covers a broad spectrum of devices used in various industries.

  • Risk Management:

The standard emphasizes the importance of risk management throughout the product lifecycle. Manufacturers are required to identify and assess potential risks associated with their products and implement measures to reduce or eliminate these risks.

  • Performance Criteria:

The standard defines specific performance criteria that products must meet to ensure safety. These criteria cover aspects such as electrical, mechanical, thermal, and radiation safety.

  • Electrical Safety:

IEC 62368-1 includes requirements for electrical safety, considering aspects like insulation, electric strength, and protection against electric shock. It ensures that the product design minimizes the risk of electrical hazards.

  • Fire Hazard Testing:

The standard includes tests to assess the fire hazard of the equipment. This involves evaluating the flammability of materials used in the product and ensuring that it does not pose a significant risk of fire.

  • Mechanical Safety:

Mechanical safety requirements include provisions for structural integrity, stability, and protection against moving parts. The goal is to prevent injury or damage caused by mechanical failures.

  • Environmental Considerations:

IEC 62368-1 takes into account environmental factors such as temperature, humidity, and altitude. It ensures that the product remains safe and operates correctly under a range of environmental conditions.

  • Markings and Instructions:

The standard includes requirements for product markings and user instructions to communicate safety information effectively. This helps end-users understand how to use the product safely.

  • Transition from Previous Standards:

The standard provides guidance for manufacturers transitioning from older standards (such as IEC 60950-1 and IEC 60065) to IEC 62368-1. It considers the differences in engineering principles and terminologies.

It's important for manufacturers to engage in thorough testing and compliance with IEC 62368-1 to ensure the safety of their products in various markets. The testing process typically involves a combination of electrical, mechanical, and environmental assessments. Manufacturers may seek certification from recognized testing laboratories to demonstrate compliance with the standard.

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