Safety Requirements for Equipment Connected to Information and Communication Networks

Making its first publication in the Official Journal of the European Commission, EN 62949:2017 is the new standard for the safety of equipment connected to ICT networks, superseding EN 41003:2008 as of July 20, 2019.

EN 62949:2017 applies to the interface of equipment designed and intended to be connected as a communication terminal to an information and communication technology (ICT) network termination.

It does not apply to:

  • equipment covered by EN 62368-1
  • interfaces to other networks

In accordance with the principles of safety given in the introduction of IEC/EN 62368-1, this standard covers the following requirements and compliance criteria:

  • Protection of equipment users from hazards in the equipment
  • Protection of skilled persons or instructed persons working on an ICT network and other users of an ICT network, from hazardous conditions on an ICT network resulting from the connection of the equipment
  • Protection of equipment users from voltages on an ICT network

The following requirements are not covered by EN 62949:2017:

  • functional safety of equipment
  • functional reliability of equipment
  • communication facilities with remote supply using hazardous voltage
  • protection of equipment connected to ICT networks from functional damage

Additional requirements may be necessary for:

  • equipment intended for operation while exposed, for example, to extremes of temperature, to excessive dust, moisture, or vibration, to flammable gases, to corrosive or explosive atmospheres
  • electro medical applications with physical connections to a patient

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