IEC 62368-1 is an international safety standard that applies to electronic equipment designed for information and communication technology (ICT) and audio-visual (AV) applications. It combines and replaces the long-standing IEC 60950 (ITE applications) and IEC 60065 (AV applications) standards. The standard approaches product safety differently than those it replaced by applying the principles of Hazard Based Safety Engineering (HBSE), which uses a three-block model to identify hazards and determine appropriate safeguards.
IEC 62368-1 supersedes and unifies 60950-1 and 60065
The US and EU have harmonized the implementation date
HBSE visualizes hazards and safeguards utilizing a three-block model that describe the links between energy source, energy-transfer mechanism (figure 1) or safeguard (figure 2), and the user.
Hardware & Peripherals
Wearables, POS terminals, media storage, and thermal printers
Servers, routers, hubs, switches, and modems
Amplifiers, home theater systems, and drones
Displays & Visuals
Monitors, video inspection equipment, video cameras, and projectors
Alarm systems, wireless phones, conferencing systems, and tv cameras
Printers, scanners, and document shredders