This part of IEC 61010 specifies general safety requirements for
the following types of electrical equipment and their accessories,
wherever they are intended to be used.
a) Electrical test and measurement equipment
This is equipment which by electromagnetic means tests,
measures, indicates or records one or more electrical or physical
quantities, also non-measuring equipment such as signal generators,
measurement standards, power supplies for laboratory use,
transducers, transmitters, etc.
NOTE 1 This includes bench-top power supplies intended to aid a
testing or measuring operation on another piece of equipment. Power
supplies intended to power equipment are within the scope of IEC
61558 (see 1.1.2 h)).
This standard also applies to test equipment integrated into
manufacturing processes and intended for testing manufactured
NOTE 2 Manufacturing test equipment is likely to be installed
adjacent to and interconnected with industrial machinery in this
b) Electrical industrial process-control equipment
This is equipment which controls one or more output quantities
to specific values, with each value determined by manual setting,
by local or remote programming, or by one or more input
c) Electrical laboratory equipment
This is equipment which measures, indicates, monitors, inspects
or analyses materials, or is used to prepare materials, and
includes in vitro diagnostic (IVD) equipment.
This equipment may also be used in areas other than
laboratories; examples include selftest IVD equipment to be used in
the home and inspection equipment to be used to check people or
material during transportation.
Equipment excluded from scope
This standard does not apply to equipment within the scope
a) IEC 60065 (Audio, video and similar electronic
b) IEC 60204 (Safety of machinery – Electrical equipment of
c) IEC 60335 (Household and similar electrical appliances);
d) IEC 60364 (Electrical installations of buildings);
e) IEC 60439 (Low-voltage switchgear and controlgear
f) IEC 60601 (Medical electrical equipment);
g) IEC 60950 (Information technology equipment including
electrical business equipment, except as specified in 1.1.3);
h) IEC 61558 (Power transformers, power supply units and
i) IEC 61010-031 (Hand-held probe assemblies);
j) IEC 61243-3 (Live working – Voltage detectors – Part 3:
Two-pole low-voltage type).
This standard applies only to computers, processors, etc. which
form part of equipment within the scope of this standard or are
designed for use exclusively with the equipment.
NOTE Computing devices and similar equipment within the scope of
IEC 60950 and conforming to its requirements are considered to be
suitable for use with equipment within the scope of this standard.
However, some of the requirements of IEC 60950 for resistance to
moisture and liquids are less stringent than those in this standard
(see 5.4.4 second paragraph)).
Scope and object
Equipment included in scope
This part of IEC 61010 specifies safety requirements for
electrically powered laboratory equipment for the heating of
materials, where the heating of materials is one of the functions
of the equipment.
NOTE If all or part of the equipment falls within the scope of
one or more other part 2 standards of IEC 61010 as well as within
the scope of this standard, it will also need to meet the
requirements of those other part 2 standards. In particular, if
equipmen is intended to be used for IVD purposes, it will need to
meet the requirements of IEC 61010-2-101.
Equipment excluded from scope
Addition after item j):
aa) equipment for the heating and ventilation of
bb) sterilizing equipment;
cc) heating and/or cooling equipment which the OPERATOR is
intended to enter, and which is large enough for the OPERATOR to
remain inside with the door or doors closed.
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