Are your devices compliant with the electrical safety requirements?
The maximum penalty for selling, importing, hiring or exchanging 'Declared items' without 'Electrical Safety Approvals Marks' and an Australian Certificate of Approval is $82,500 and/or 2 years jail for individuals or $825,000 for Corporations.
It is important to note that overseas Certificates of Approval and approval marks, such as CE mark, CCC, CSA and UL are not acceptable in Australia.
If you sell, import, hire or exchange electrical goods that are 'Non Declared items' you are required to ensure they are electrically safe and comply with any relevant Australian Electrical Safety Standard.
A recent notice from the Electrical Safety Office
Dear Responsible Supplier,
Recent electrical equipment recalls are a good reminder for responsible suppliers of the importance to have Quality Assurance(QA) systems in place for the electrical equipment they supply.
Appropriate QA processes could include batch testing, inspection and checking of products against the test reports to ensure equipment is manufactured in line with the original testing and certification.
Good QA helps prevent non-compliant products reaching the market place and give an early warning for products already in the market. If you do not have this expertise in-house, there are private companies that can assist you.
In addition to on-going equipment checks, suppliers should consider marking their products with batch code, date code, serial number markings or other such marking to assist in identifying product. That way if a safety fault is found, and a recall is required, it can be limited to the affected batches and not all the supplied product. This could save time, money and reputation.
As a responsible supplier, you are reminded that it is a legislative requirement to ensure all in-scope electrical equipment supplied is electrically safe.
Did you know that you are required to have accredited testing as a part of any VEET/IPART applications?
Comtest can assist you with all your testing and requirements to the following Standards:
Testing of fixed & portable general lighting and switchesAS/NZS 60958.1 IEC 60958-1 EN 60958-1 'General requirements' luminaires
AS/NZS 60958.2.1 IEC 60958-2-1 EN 60958-2-1 'Particular requirements' fixed general purpose luminaires
AS/NZS 60958.2.2 IEC 60958-2-2 EN 60958-2-2 'Particular requirements' recessed luminaires AS/NZS 60958.2.4 IEC 60958-2-4 EN 60958-2-4 'Particular requirements' portable general luminaires
AS/NZS 61347.2.2 Lamp control gear, step down converters
AS/NZS 61347.2.11 Lamp control gear, miscellaneous electronic circuits used with luminaires
AS/NZS 61347.2.13 and 631347-2-13 Lamp control gear, LED modules
Importing or supplying products onto the Australian marketplace? Comtest can assist you with:
Telecommunications testing and compliance
Electrical product testing and compliance
Lighting testing and compliance
Compliance folder/document auditing and management
Energy efficiency testing
Electrical & telecommunications auditing and fault analysis
Compliance and regulatory training
Ensure your product meets the relevant requirements. If you are looking at supplying, manufacturing, importing or selling electrical products in Australia and need advise on compliance please call or email us for advice.
Comtest Laboratories is an independent accredited NATA and CB Scheme test laboratory with over 25 years testing experience. Comtest’s testing and approval capabilities include Information Technology equipment, Telecommunications equipment, Power Supplies, Electrical products, Digital systems and Audio/Video products.
Comtest now offers full independent and complete Australian and New Zealand compliance testing for VoIP and Internet Telephones (including USB, Ethernet & WiFi).
Comtest has been accredited by the IECEE as a CB Testing Laboratory to perform testing of Information Technology, Telecommunications Equipment and Measurement Equipment.
For suppliers and manufacturers with markets in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North America and Asia, Comtest can perform compliance testing and assist with approvals.
Comtest is also a Conformity Assessment Body for Europe to the Low Voltage and Radio & Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directives. This will assist manufacturers with CE marking of electrical equipment destined for Europe.
In addition, Comtest can support your Compliance Folder Management responsibilities. This service includes simply consultancy on how to construct a folder, to the more complex role of Agency Agreements for the purpose of holding compliance folders for international manufacturers supplying into Australia.