Safety standards for high-tech products over the next five years will be shifting from prescriptive rules to a new hazard-based concept that emphasizes safety design in the early product development phase. Through our active involvement in the development of IEC 62368-1, UL is uniquely positioned to assist manufacturers to understand, prepare for and comply with the standard.

The approach used in IEC 62368-1 is based on hazard-based safety engineering (HBSE) concepts and is aimed at facilitating the development of new technology and methods of construction by eliminating the need to amend established standards to accommodate innovation.

As the new standard represents a significant departure from previous standards, it was initially introduced as a voluntary alternative to the existing standards, IEC 60065 and IEC 60950-1. The second edition of IEC 62368-1, which is slated for publication by early 2014, is expected to eventually replace all current standards for information and communications technology equipment and consumer electronics.

UL has been sharing information with the technology industry regarding the development of IEC 62368-1. We will continue to be the knowledge leader for the standard as it evolves. Our educational offerings on the new standard include public and private seminars and workshops, technical briefs, and a detailed white paper as well as engineering advisory services and regular updates on our website, blog and on our UL Hazard-Based Safety Engineering LinkedIn group.

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