UL Principal Engineer, Pamela Gwynn recently attended the IEC Technical Committee 62 Joint Working Group 22 meetings recently which covered several topics related to IEC 60601. The meeting took place at a technical college in Berlin. The meeting attendees had several opportunities to review technology such as MRI, laser and light, and brain wave measurements related to the medical field. The key points covered are:

  • Amendment A2 of IEC 60601-1 and related collateral standards are anticipated to be published in 2019 – It consists of corrections, fixes of obvious errors and standard corrections.
  • IEC 60601-1 4th edition is anticipated 2024 – It may include changes in structure of the standard such as a database approached and new technical changes.
  • Proposed 80601-2-49 (multifunction patient monitoring equipment) has been provided to national committees for comment. CDV likely sent out in May
  • Proposed 80601-2-26 (electroencephalographs) has also been provided to national committees for comment. There are a few items that need to be finalized before the document is ready to be recirculated.
  • The JWG continued its work on merging multiple ECG standards into one (hybrid) standard. The group anticipates having the first draft available for review in May 2017 as a first pass through.

The various working groups and maintenance teams are beginning the work of reviewing the items for Amendment 2 for development and comment. Maintenance Teams 28 and 30 and Working Group 14 will be meeting end of March 2017. Working Group for 60601-1-11 will be meeting beginning of May 2017.

UL technical experts actively participate in standards technical committees, giving UL engineers and customers access to the latest thinking and providing insights into upcoming changes. For more information, please contact us at Medical.Inquiry@ul.com