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If you manufacture electronic devices, you’re likely familiar with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), which sets international performance and safety standards for both industrial equipment and consumer electronic devices. 

IEC 61000-4-39 is one of several standards developed by the IEC. As part of the larger IEC 61000 series of standards, it focuses on establishing performance requirements for electromagnetic compatibility, or EMC, related to radiated fields in close proximity to a device or system.

The applicable frequency range for the IEC 61000-4-39 standard and harmonized standards is from 9 kHz to 26 MHz for magnetic fields and 26 Mhz to 6 GHz for electric fields.

If your device is subject to a harmonized standard under a European Directive that uses the IEC 61000-4-39 test methods (i.e. EN 60601-1-2), then it’s important to make sure that your device fully complies with this standard before going to market.

As specialists in IEC testing, our experienced team can answer your questions about IEC 61000-4-39, provide a quote for testing your device, and offer assistance throughout the testing and compliance process.

You can learn more about IEC 61000-4-39 testing or request a quote for your device by contacting us online or calling us at 866-540-5287.

You can also read on to learn more about the IEC 61000-4-39 standard, what devices it applies to, as well as the steps that you can take to achieve full compliance and certification for your device.

What is IEC/EN 61000-4-39?

IEC 61000-4-39 is a standard created by the International Electrotechnical Commission. It establishes minimum performance requirements for electrical and electronic devices when exposed to radiated electromagnetic energy from radio frequency (RF) transmitters used in close proximity.

In order to comply with IEC 61000-4-39, your device will need to demonstrate a sufficient level of RF immunity, meaning it can continue functioning normally when it’s exposed to the test method’s RF disturbances. A range of tests are used to assess your device’s RF immunity and performance. 

Many widely-used electronic and electrical devices are affected by IEC/EN 61000-4-39 and other related standards under IEC 61000. These include:

  • Consumer electronics, such as smartphones, laptop computers, televisions and other home electronic devices.
  • Industrial equipment, such as machinery, control systems and other devices typically used in manufacturing.
  • Medical devices, such as diagnostic and treatment machines, as well as other types of critical equipment used in hospitals.
  • Automotive electronics, such as individual components, control systems and computers used in vehicles.
  • Telecommunications equipment, such as phone and internet infrastructure, and devices used to operate communications networks.

Benefits of IEC/EN 61000-4-39 Compliance

Complying with IEC/EN 61000-4-39 offers many benefits, from providing access to important markets to improving your product’s reputation and perceived quality with consumers. 

Access to International Markets

Many markets either require IEC certification for electronic devices, or require conformity with similar harmonized standards, such as Europe’s EN standards. This means that IEC 61000-4-39 compliance is a key step towards marketing your device in these markets.

Without IEC 61000-4-39 compliance, you may face regulatory barriers, fines and other penalties if you attempt to bring your product to market.

Better Product Reliability

IEC standards are designed to ensure that electrical and electronic devices are safe, reliable and ideal for use in a range of settings. Testing your product to ensure it complies with IEC standards is a major part of ensuring it’s reliable for end users — a factor that can reduce costly warranty claims.

Improved Reputation

Both consumers and commercial users are aware of the importance of IEC and other standards when purchasing electronic and electrical devices. Showing that your device is compliant and certified can contribute to your reputation and increase the public’s trust in your products.

How to Achieve Compliance With IEC/EN 61000-4-39

Understand the Standard and How it Affects Your Product

Like with other IEC standards, it’s important to understand the requirements of IEC 61000-4-39 as early as possible in the process of designing and manufacturing your device.

Testing for IEC 61000-4-39 involves assessing your device’s magnetic field immunity and its RF field immunity. Your device will need to perform within specific limits in order to pass testing and comply with the standard.

You can access information about the standard and its requirements from the IEC’s online store, which offers copies of the standard and its test criteria for sale. You can also contact our team to discuss IEC 61000-4-39 compliance and the specifications your device will need to meet.

Prepare for Testing From the Design Phase

The earlier you prepare for testing, the easier and less costly it will be to make sure your device is IEC 61000-4-39 compliant. 

After you’re familiar with the requirements of the standard, it’s essential to incorporate these into your design process. This may affect your device’s physical design, your choice of components, and other factors that occur during the process of designing and manufacturing your device.

Conduct Testing for IEC/EN 61000-4-39 Compliance

Achieving full compliance with IEC 61000-4-39 and harmonized standards means testing your device and assessing its performance. 

As specialists in electrical device compliance testing, we can complete magnetic field immunity and radiated RF field immunity testing for your device to verify that it operates within the limits set by the IEC standard.

In the event that your device fails to comply with the standard, our engineering team can advise you on changes that you’ll need to make to achieve compliance and carry out retesting for your device. 

Documentation and Certification

After successful testing, our team will document your device’s results and prepare a conformity assessment, providing you with proof of compliance that may be required to market your device in certain markets and regions.

Talk to Our Engineers About IEC 61000-4-39 Testing & Certification

Achieving compliance with IEC 61000-4-39 and harmonized standards such as EN 61000-4-39 is a critical step in confirming your product’s reliability. It’s also vital for gaining access to important markets, such as the European Economic Area.

By following a systematic approach to compliance and working directly with our team, you can achieve IEC 61000-4-39 compliance for your device after successful testing.

As specialists in electronic and electrical device testing and regulatory compliance, we can help you at every step of the process. Contact us online or call us at 866-540-5287 to request a quote, discuss this or other standards and regulations, or ask a question about anything related to testing and compliance.