IEC 60065 applies to electronic apparatus designed to be fed from the mains, from a supply apparatus, from batteries or from remote power feeding and intended for reception, generation, recording or reproduction of audio, video and associated signals. It has been withdrawn from use for compliance under the Low voltage directive2104/35/EU.

This standard is being merged in part with IEC 60950 (IT Equipment), under the IEC 62368-1 for multimedia products and similar equipment. The new IEC 62368 safety standards incorporate parts of IEC 60950-1 for IT products and IEC 60065 for A/V, plus new requirements, making compliance more complex. IEC 62368-1 is a technology-neutral and performance-based standard, which was designed with a hazard-based approach to replace the IEC 60950 and IEC 60065 standards.

IEC 62368-1 was designed with a hazard-based approach which emphasizes safety design in the early product development phase and introduces significant technical revisions such as Hazard Based Safety Engineering (HBSE), methods for classifying energy sources, and methods for measuring safeguard effectiveness.  A hazard-based approach is different from a risk analysis approach, so attention must be paid with new requirements to achieve compliance, even if previously testing to either IEC 60065 or IEC 60950.

Products and equipment that have been compliant under IEC 60065 may not meet the conditions under IEC 62368. This standard addresses only safety aspects of the above apparatus; it does not concern other matters, such as style or performance.

Areas that are referenced include the identification of potential hazardous conditions that may result in injury or damage from:

  • Electric shock
  • Excessive temperatures
  • Radiation
  • Implosion
  • Mechanical hazards
  • Fire
  • Chemical burns (for example as a result of the ingestion of lithium chemistry button/coin cells)

 Please consult with the D.L.S. technical staff to determine if your product meets the conditions of the multimedia standard IEC 62368-1 to show compliance to the CE marking requirements for product safety.