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The IEC, or International Electrotechnical Commission, sets standards for electrical devices to ensure proper function, reliability and safety. One such standard is IEC/EN 61000-6-1, which is designed to measure and determine the electromagnetic compatibility of devices. 

If you’re an electronic device manufacturer, achieving compliance with IEC/EN 61000-6-1 can be an important step in bringing your product to market.

While IEC standards can seem intimidating and confusing, our expert team is here to help you throughout the process. As an accredited testing lab, we can complete testing for your product and help you achieve full compliance with IEC/EN 61000-6-1 and other relevant standards.

For more information, to request a quote, or to ask our engineers a question, contact us online or call us at 866-540-5287.

You can also find out more about the IEC/EN 61000-6-1 standard, what it covers, and the steps you can take to achieve compliance for your device, below. 

What is IEC/EN 61000-6-1?

IEC/EN 61000-6-1 is a standard within the broader IEC 61000 set of standards, which focuses on electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). EMC refers to the ability of electronic devices to work effectively in a common environment, without being affected by unwanted interference. 

More specifically, IEC/EN 61000-6-1 focuses on the immunity or electrical equipment made for use in residential, commercial or light industrial environments.

Immunity refers to a device’s ability to function normally when it’s exposed to electromagnetic emissions from other sources, without malfunctioning, providing inaccurate readings or being damaged.

Since many residential, commercial and light industrial environments contain many electronic devices, proper immunity is critical for ensuring devices function properly.

The IEC/EN 61000-6-1 standard sets clear minimum requirements for immunity to make sure devices are immune to disturbances and able to function as needed. 

Why is IEC/EN 61000-6-1 Compliance Important?

As a device manufacturer, achieving compliance with IEC/EN 61000-6-1 is critical for several key reasons. First, it indicates that your product has been designed with compatibility in mind, and that it’s a reliable device that consumers and business users alike can trust.

Devices that meet the IEC/EN 61000-6-1 standard are less likely to fail or malfunction when they’re exposed to electromagnetic disturbances. This makes compliance a valuable sign of your product’s quality and your level of attention as a manufacturer.

Second, achieving compliance can offer financial benefits for your business, as devices that comply with IEC/EN 61000-6-1 and other IEC 61000 standards are typically less likely to fail and incur return costs.

Finally, many countries require compliance with IEC/EN standards, or have their own electrical safety and performance regulations that are harmonized with the standards set by the IEC.

How to Achieve Compliance With IEC/EN 61000-6-1

Understand the IEC/EN 61000-6-1 Standard

The first step in achieving compliance for your device is understanding the IEC/EN 61000-6-1 standard and its requirements. This can help you identify potential issues in the design of your device and correct them early in the process, avoiding costly late-stage design changes.

Our team can inform you about the requirements for IEC/EN 61000-6-1 compliance and help you to design for compliance from the earliest stages of developing your product. 

Complete Testing for Your Device

In order to achieve IEC/EN 61000-6-1 compliance for your device, you’ll need to have it tested in a specialized testing lab.

As an accredited testing lab, we can carry out thorough IEC 61000-6-1 testing for your device and prepare documentation to ensure your device is compliant.

The IEC 61000-6-1 test standard includes multiple performance criteria, including tests to verify that a device continues to operate during and following the test with no measurable reduction in performance, with permissible loss of performance, or with temporary loss of function.

Our team can advise you as to the performance criteria that’s relevant for your device and guide you through the entire testing process.

In the event that your device fails testing, we can help you make necessary adjustments to your device’s design or components to pass testing and achieve compliance. 

Talk to Our Team About IEC/EN Testing & Compliance

If you’re manufacturing an electronic device and need to comply with IEC/EN 61000-6-1 or one of the many harmonized standards, we’re here to help.

As specialists in compliance testing for electrical devices, we can complete IEC/EN 61000-6-1 testing for your device in our accredited lab and provide full documentation to ensure you can achieve compliance.

In business since 1963, we have more than 60 years of experience helping manufacturers to comply with IEC, EN, FCC, CE and other standards and regulations.

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