60950 60950-1 and 62368-1 IEC, UL, ANSI Standard Overview for Information Technology Equipment

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Today in this video, Steve is here to talk about UL, ANSI and IEC 60950. This standard, 60950, deals with the electrical safety of business and information technology equipment. This includes anything that is powered by the mains (120 volt or higher incoming power from the building main electrical power), or a low voltage supply source or battery comes under this standard…that it is used for those applications. UL 60950 is also very useful for the design of similar equipment that might use data processing for its final purpose. Information technology equipment and business equipment and other similar types of machinery, including media servers and other things like that may be used under this standard. Also you might find that 3d printers, laser etchers, and other equipment in some part can use this standard for conformity, of those electrical hazards.

Link to video also available here: https://youtu.be/64Z-TC8HDEE


62368-1 is the risk and hazards based standard that will replace the older standards: IEC/EN/UL/CSA 60065, Audio, Video and Similar Electronic Apparatus, and IEC/EN/UL/CSA 60950–1, Information Technology Equipment.


IEC 60950 may cover your equipment more specifically, and there are a lot of other related standards that come into play as well, for flammability and other related needs.


Why is it important that your equipment comply early on during design to this standard?

For most of you at some point you will need to have a listing or labeling done on your equipment. For all USA locations you must prove suitability of use to comply with the national electric code. Also most large government organizations, national labs and large companies require a listing on such equipment. Additionally to ship your equipment overseas, Canada, Mexico, or Europe you have to comply with electrical standards and prove compliance in order to export to those countries.


UL ANSI IEC 60950 is very important for your design phase and early on in your requirements of your equipment. By understanding the details and requirements of UL 60950, you will be much better able to design your equipment, do the design reviews, and the product safety reviews required to ensure your equipment will be easily listed and/or labeled when it is required.


In the future we are going to have a line-by-line video training series about each of the requirements in UL 60950. This will allow you to fully understand the requirements of the standard and with your team understand how that impacts the design of your equipment to make it safe for electrical use within businesses and other facilities.


UL 60950 is crucial to that design process and must be used early on so that you are sure your product is designed to and will be listed and/or labeled at the end. We can provide our Conformity Discovery Process (copy right 2019) during design to uncover non-conforming design or reveal that the design is fully conforming to allow for speed to market.


Equipment types;

DACS digital conversion

mic preamps


CD players

DVD players

Media servers

DI boxes

headphone amps

monitor management


Amplifiers & Receivers



Computer Audio

DA Converters


Home Theater


Power centers


Pro Audio

Smart Home



Global Navigation Satellite System

Multimedia Equipment

Alarm Systems

Audio, Video, and Lighting

Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) equipment

Information Technology Equipment (ITE)

Virtual Reality


Related standards;

Older standards;

IEC 60364-7-707:1984, Electrical installations of buildings – Part 7: Requirements for special installations or locations – Section 707: Earthing requirements for the installation of data processing equipment

IEC 60410:1973, Sampling plans and procedures for inspection by attributes

IEC 60529:1989, Degrees of protection provided by enclosures (IP Code)

IEC 61140:1997, Protection against electric shock – Common aspects for installation and equipment

IEC Guide 112:2000, Guide on the safety of multimedia equipment

ISO 2859-1:1999, Sampling procedures for inspection by attributes – Part 1: Sampling schemes indexed by acceptance quality limit (AQL) for lot-by-lot inspection

ISO 4046:1978, Paper, board, pulp and related terms – Vocabulary

CFR 47, Part 68: Code of Federal Regulations (USA) Part 68: Connection of terminal equipment to the telephone network (commonly referred to as ″FCC Rules, part 68″)

CIE Publication 63:1984, The spectroradiometric measurement of light sources

ICRP 15:1969, Protection against ionising radiations from external sources, published for the International Commission on Radiological Protection by Permagon Press

ITU-T Recommendation K.11:1993, Principles of protection against overvoltages and overcurrents

ITU-T Recommendation K.27:1996, Bonding configurations and earthing inside a telecommunication building

ITU-T Recommendation K.31:1993, Bonding configurations and earthing of telecommunication installations inside a subscriber’s building


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