The IEC 60601-1 medical standard has gone through many revisions over the past 40 years since its inception and keeping track of those changes is not always easy. In this blog post contributed by CUI and published on Power Systems Design, we take a look at the new IEC 4th edition standard, how it relates to power supplies, and how to be prepared for the coming transition.
The blog post begins, “The motto of the worldwide Scout Movement, “Be Prepared”, is a good mantra for all aspects of life and, in business, is undeniably the key to success. In engineering and design, part of being prepared means keeping abreast of changing regulations and the requirements of international standards. The IEC 60601-1 medical standard is a case in point…The next revision of the standard, generally referred to as the 4th edition, is due to come into effect in the US, Canada and Europe from January 2019. This post aims to highlight the changes this edition introduces and offers medical equipment designers a way of being prepared that also eases the challenge of ensuring compliance.”