International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies

Month 2014

 

Nightmare of a child chewing on a cord

IECEE Certification means safety

Aliyah Esmail

It happens to every parent at some point. Your child is playing with her toys in the living room. You step out of the room for a minute, knowing that the room has been baby proofed, feeling confident that nothing could happen. Then you come back and see that your curious little one is chewing on the television cord. A raft of nightmare scenarios pass before your eyes as you imagine what could have happened while you were gone. Then you shake yourself and remove the cord from your child’s grasp. You are able to do this because IECEE, the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components, tests and certifies the safety of audio/video equipment.

Printer, computers, televisions, oh my

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 TC (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 AV (audiovisual) products and ITE (information technology equipment). This Standard is applicable 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 International 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 CB (Certification Body) Scheme, through its registered CBTLs (Certification Body Testing Laboratories) and NCBs (National Certification Bodies), can test and certify AV and ITE equipment manufactured according to IEC International Standards.

 

When testing AV and ITE 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 CB 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 means that your audio/video and information technology equipment can cope with curious fingers, so long as they’re playing gently, but you might still want to keep a watchful eye open. Who knows what other kinds of trouble your child could get into?

 

  • Conformity Assessment certification helps to support safe devices
  • IECEE CBs can test and certify AV and ITE equipment to ensure safety
  • A child being hurt is any parent's nightmare

 

 

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