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NTS is now a CBTL for Medical EMC Testing!

Medical Device TestingNTS Longmont is one of the few CB Testing Laboratories (CBTL) for electromatgnetic compatibility in the US. NTS Longmont has long been a leader in EMC testing for medical products to the CE, FDA and JFDA specifications. The CBTL approval enables NTS to provide CB Scheme EMC testing for medical products. The scope of approval includes the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th editions of IEC 60601-1-2.

The CB Scheme is an internationally accepted approach to compliance for electrical and electronic equipment.  It is operated by the IEC System for Conformity Testing and Certification of Electrotechnical Equipment and Components (IECEE).  While it is well-established for product safety, the EMC part of the CB Scheme is only recently gaining traction, particularly for medical equipment.  The concept is that a product can be tested once, and the CB reports (one for EMC and one for product safety) will allow sale of the product into any CB member country, provided all the national deviations are observed.

NTS’ Silicon Valley laboratory also holds CBTL status for ITE and Laboratory, Measurement, and Control Equipment applicable to IEC 60950 and IEC 61010 respectively.

Contact us today to discuss your compliance needs!

IEC 62368-1: The new standard for Information Technology and Audio Video equipment

By Noel Lovato, Product Safety Manager, NTS Silicon Valley

The next five years will be critical for manufacturers of Information Technology, IEC 60950-1 and Audio Video Equipment, IEC 60065-1. A new standard has been developed and is expected to be required in many countries throughout the world. That standard is IEC 62368-1, Audio/Video, information and communication technology equipment – Part 1: Safety*.

This standard is unique approach in that it is based on hazard based engineering that is intended to be adaptable to new and innovative technologies instead of constantly amending existing standards to address this.

This First Edition of this standard has been around for a few years, but has not gained worldwide acceptance. The Second edition is anticipated to be accepted on a more global basis. That is expected to be formally accepted in mid to late May, 2014. This does not mean it will be required immediately, but will be phased in anywhere from a 3-5 year period.

What does this mean for products currently certified to either IEC 60950-1 or IEC 60065-1? Initially not much as those standards will still be accepted for several years to come. However, by 2019, IEC 62368-1 is expected to be fully required in North America, EU and a few other countries around the world. As always, there will most likely be a few countries not adopting it by then, but those counties have yet to be determined. At this time, it appears that manufacturer’s will need to determine prior to 2019 if existing product need to be evaluated to the new requirements.

One critical item about the new standard that although it is a hazardous based standard, this does not mean manufacturers will have to develop risk assessments for their products like some other standards require. What this does mean is that risk analysis was used to development the specific safety requirements of the standard. The standard itself uses specific compliance and performance criteria to demonstrate compliance to the relief of manufacturers.

Please contact us for more information via email or call at 510-578-3500 for questions you may have regarding this standard and how it affects your future test programs.

*Corresponding UL/CSA/EN versions of the Standards are also in various stages of acceptance as well.

Silicon Valley adds IPX3 Spraying Water and IPX4 Splashing Water as part of IEC 60529 and ETSI 300 019-2-2

In an important extension of its GR-63 CORE service offering, NTS Silicon Valley is now online with all GR-63 testing capabilities. As part of that roll-out, a large salt fog chamber is online to test to ASTM B117-11, GR-487-CORE, GR-950-CORE, MIL-Std-810 and additional mixed flow gas capabilities will be brought online shortly.

NTS Silicon Valley now has the capability to perform IPX3 (Spraying Water) and IPX4 (Splashing Water) tests as specified in IEC 60529 as well as the NEBS rain test in ETSI 300 019-2-2.

NTS Silicon Valley has also been accepted by Verizon to provide lead free solider testing  (pb free) under VZ-TPR-9307.

Please contact us for more information at svinfo@nts.com or call at 510-578-3500 on how we can assist with your next project and these new service offerings.