This International Standard applies to the BASIC SAFETY and ESSENTIAL PERFORMANCE of MEDICAL
ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT and MEDICAL ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS for use in the HOME HEALTHCARE
ENVIRONMENT, as defined in 3.1, and specified by the MANUFACTURER in the instructions for use.
This International Standard applies regardless of whether the ME EQUIPMENT or ME SYSTEM is
intended for use by a LAY OPERATOR or by trained healthcare personnel .
The HOME HEALTHCARE ENVIRONMENT includes:
– the dwelling place in which a PATIENT lives;
– other places where PATIENTS are present both indoors and outdoors, excluding professional
healthcare facility environments where OPERATORS with medical training are continually
available when PATIENTS are present.
This International Standard does not apply to ME EQUIPMENT and ME SYSTEMS intended solely
for use in the EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES ENVIRONMENT, covered by IEC 60601-1-12 or solely
for use in professional healthcare facilities covered by IEC 60601-1 without the additions of
IEC 60601-1-12 or this collateral standard. Nonetheless, ME EQUIPMENT or ME SYSTEMS can be intended for multiple use environments, and as such, if also intended for use in the HOME
HEALTHCARE ENVIRONMENT, are within the scope of this standard.
EXAMPLE ME EQUIPMENT or ME SYSTEMS intended for both the HOME HEALTHCARE ENVIRONMENT and the professional
healthcare facility environment.
NOTE HOME HEALTHCARE ENVIRONMENT ME EQUIPMENT and ME SYSTEMS can frequently be used in locations with
unreliable electrical sources and poor electrical grounding.