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Upgrade EN 60065 certification for Audio/Video products mandatory from October 1, 2013

by G&M Compliance (May 20, 2013)

The Commission of the European Union (EU) recently published an updated list of standards concerning compliance with the essential requirements of its Directive 2001/95/EC on general product safety and 2006/95/EC Low Voltage Directive (LVD). Of particular interest to all audio and video equipment manufacturers is the updated harmonized standard, EN 60065:2002 + A1:2006 + A11:2008 + A2:2010 + A12:2011.

Manufacturers of audio/video products for the EU market should note that effective from October 1, 2013, the updated harmonized standard will replace the existing standard – EN 60065:2002/A1:2006 + A11:2008 + A12:2011. In the updated standard, A2:2010 is newly added.

Amendment A2:2010 is an amendment to the base EN 60065:2002 Standard which is harmonized with IEC 60065:2001 Standard. This amendment also includes:

• enhancements to some test specifications, i.e. probe specifications for the withdrawal of the Mains test and specifications for video input signal for television receivers, • clarification of printed wiring board minimum flammability classification as a result of fault conditions, and
• a number of editorial changes.

Amendment A11:2008 adds new requirements for resistance to candle flame ignition for television sets which became effective on July 1, 2010.

Amendment A12:2011 adds requirements for protection from excessive sound pressure for portable music players, effective on January 1, 2013.

Manufacturers should update their certifications or type approval documentation associated with IEC 60065:2001/A1:2005/A2:2010; EN 60065:2002/A1:2006 + A11:2008 + A2:2010 + A12:2011, before the mandatory requirements become effective on October 1, 2013.

For more information, please contact G&M Compliance, Inc. at 714.628.1020