Product Safety

Top 10 Compliance Today Blog Posts for Electrical Compliance Engineers in 2014

Just like last year, the Compliance Today blog for electrical product manufacturer compliance engineers saw a significant increase in readers and subscribers for 2014. Following were the most popular posts, by pageviews. IEC 60601-1-2 4th Edition for Medical EMC Has Immunity & Risk Management Changes EN 61326-1: 2013 Replacing 2006 Version for EMC Directive Evaluation... Read More

For New Technologies – Like 3D Printers – What Product Safety Standard Applies?

Product safety compliance for equipment that falls into an established product category is straightforward.  But what about new technologies – how are these products evaluated?  As a case example, let’s look at 3D printers.  3D printers aren’t new, but they are just now entering the mainstream, with many more manufacturers developing new small desktop versions... Read More

AHJs Use NFPA 790 & 791 to Qualify Labs for Electrical Equipment Field Evaluations

Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) in the United States have typically used the National Electrical Code, NFPA 70, as the basis for approving electrical equipment installations in the United Sates. Much of the Code relies on having products manufactured and certified by a recognized testing laboratory to consensus-based U.S. product safety standards. In Canada, the AHJs... Read More

For Product Safety Approvals, Uncertified and Improperly-Rated Components Require Surveillance

Electrical/electronic equipment manufacturers often ask if it is acceptable to use uncertified or improperly rated components in their products.  The following Frequently Asked Questions address the implications of using these components for North America product safety approvals.  What is an uncertified component? Any safety critical component that is not certified by a suitably accredited agency... Read More

IEC 60601-1 3rd Edition for Medical Electrical Equipment Continues to Gain Adoption in Global Markets

The 3rd edition of IEC 60601, issued in 2005, is in various states of adoption by regulatory bodies around the world.  IEC 60601-1 is the harmonized standard for medical electrical equipment recognized by public health authorities in most countries.  Unlike 2nd edition, the 3rd edition requires a risk management file and process conforming to ISO... Read More