Complex or simple product?
Just like most products, virtually every electrical and electronic device must be tested. More often than not, whether for safety, functional, importability or other reasons, electrotechnical products in particular must also be assessed and certified as conforming with certain standards.
When it comes to defining the specific electromagnetic requirements and test procedures, the IEC develops two types of EMC Product standard:
- Stand-alone EMC publications that are particularly appropriate for complex products or those that operate in a special environment; and
- EMC clauses in general product standards that contain other clauses, for example mechanical, climatic or functional. This second type is more suitable for products of a simpler nature and is sometimes prepared as an amendment to an existing standard.