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Newsletter #2 2018

August, 2018

[:en]DC Isolators
The definition for DC Isolator as published in AS/NZS 4417.2 is:
DC Isolator
An electrical device that—
(a) is an air-break d.c. rated isolator; and
(b) is for connection to the wiring of a household photovoltaic (PV) electrical installation, other household renewable energy installation, or household energy storage installation.; and includes
(c) any dedicated individual enclosure where the dc isolator is classified as enclosed outdoor.
The old version was AS/NZS IEC 60947.3 has been updated to AS 60947.3:2018 and now has important upgraded safety requirements for DC Switch disconnectors used in PV systems and was written with the requirements of AS/NZS 5033 is mind. It is important that the standard is followed to address the numerous unsafe incidents which have occurred with DC switch disconnectors installed in accordance with AS/NZS 5033. It is easy to identify which of these products is certified to the latest requirements, because the Certificate for the items will have the approved standard as AS 60947.3:2018 and they will be a Certificate of Conformity with the class description of “DC Isolator”.
For information on which State has which requirements, please see the CEC announcement here: http://www.solaraccreditation.com.au/products/dc-isolator-updates.html
To re-certify with us, you need to follow the attached notice from the ESO.
The latest version of AS 60947.3, which has important upgraded safety requirements for these products, was not published until 29 June 2018. Note that there is a 12 month transition period in the standard during which the previous version may be used. However, as this is an important safety issue the Electrical Safety Office (ESO) in Queensland has provided a document with directions for how manufacturers and test laboratories can gain compliance and certification in the interim. A copy of this document is below and we will be certifying on this basis only.
The aim is to get the certificate holders to have their products retested and certified to the new requirements as soon as possible. The ESO are being flexible with the certification requirements to assist us in this goal.
Power Supplies
ERAC (the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council) has issued a new notice for direct plug-in power supplies which are tested to standards requiring two means of securement. You can find the whole notice here: http://erac.gov.au/images/Downloads/4_6%20-%20information%20notice%20-%20021%20-%20power%20supply%20or%20charger%20-%20may%202018.pdf.
In summary, for direct plug-in power supply types only, if they are tested to a standard which requires two means of securement on the enclosure, such as AS/NZS 61558 or AS/NZS 60335, then the two means of securement must be different types, such as ultrasonic welding and screws, or screws and glue, etc., then the test in the notice must be applied. We will be enforcing this for any applications affected by the requirement.
ESO letter on PV Switch disconnectors
Certification requirements for dc isolators for use in solar PV installations
Changes in Risk Level
On 30 June 2018 DC isolators were re-classified, moving from “In-Scope” electrical equipment risk level 1 to risk level 3 under the Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS) in participating jurisdictions who apply defining standard AS/NZS 4417.2.
The standards that may be considered for certification:

  • The current standard is AS 60947-3:2018, which is an adoption of the IEC 60947-3 edition 3.2 with additional Australian deviations (can be applied immediately and will supersede AS/NZS IEC 60947-3:2015 12 months after publication).
  • IEC 60947-3 edition 3.2 published in 2015 which includes an appendix specifically for DC Isolators for solar installations.
  • Concurrently AS/NZS IEC 60947-3:2015 remains current until 29 June 2019, which is a direct text adoption of IEC 60947-3 edition 3.1. The standard IEC 60947-3 edition 3.1 was published in 2015, however, does not reference any specific criteria for dc isolators for solar PV installations and should not be used solely to ensure the product is suitable for the intended use.

The new standard AS 60947-3:2018:
The new standard includes requirements specifically for DC isolators for use with PV solar installation. The main changes, including Australian deviations, to AS 60947-3:2018 are:

  • for devices for use outdoors, a rating of IP56NW (means no water in enclosure after IPX6 water jet test is applied); and
  • the solar effects test on switchgear in its enclosure at rated current (this is in the latest IEC 60947-3 edition 3.2 published in 2015).
  • There are also a number of classifications that must be applied, and clarity on instructions to be supplied.

Certification requirements
The preferred options to apply for certification purposes of dc isolators for solar PV installations is, in order of preference:

  1. AS 60947-3:2018 *
  2. IEC 60947-3 edition 3.2 *published 2015 + if for outdoor use IP56 (and preferably IP56NW) + instructional requirements from AS 60947-3:2018
  3. AS/NZS IEC 60947-3:2015 (*, **) + assessments to ensure suitable for use in solar PV installations + the intent of instructional requirements from AS 60947-3:2018  (if for outdoor use then part of the assessment of suitable criteria for use in solar PV installations should include at least IP56, if not IP56NW rating) – as a transitional allowance prior to upgrading to AS 60947-3.
    *  : See Note 1,2 and 3
    **: Apply NOTE 4

NOTE 1: Test reports for use in options 1), 2) or 3) can be from test facilities accredited to at least IEC 60947-3 edition 3.2 until test facilities are accredited to AS 60947-3:2018. Test reports for option 3) can be from test facilities accredited to AS/NZS IEC 60947-3:2015 or IEC 60947-3 Edition 3.1.
NOTE 2: The certificate of conformity should list Class Specification under which has gained certification, for option 1): “AS 60947-3:2018”; for option 2): “IEC 60947-3 Ed 3.2”; for option 3): “AS/NZS IEC 60947-3:2015”. When using options 2) or 3) the certificate expiry date should not exceed 30 June 2019.
NOTE 3: DC-PV2 and DC21B voltage and current ratings are different. Products certified as DC21B should not be on the same certificate as products certified to DC-PV2.
NOTE 4:   additional assessments/criteria/characteristic to be required under option 3 (use of AS/NZS IEC 60947-3), to meet criteria in the current AS/NZS 5033:2014, includes:

  • DC21B
  • semi-independent or independent manual operation
  • not be polarity sensitive
  • be load breaking
  • be suitable for isolation
  • interrupt all live conductors simultaneously
  • be marked with on / off (closed / open) position
  • be capable of being secured in the open position
  • if supplied as a ‘dc isolator’ in a dedicated enclosure (i.e. the dc isolator as sold is a “switchgear inside an enclosure”), have been tested within the enclosure supplied
  • if not supplied with a dedicated enclosure details of minimum dimensions of enclosure that it has been tested in
  • indicate if suitable for indoor use only or if suitable for outdoor use
  • If outdoor use, IP55 minimum when tested in enclosure supplied (more suitable is IP56 and preferred is IP56NW) and, or information of suitable enclosures it can be installed it to obtain the IP rating (if switchgear is of a rotary actuator type, where the actuator extends out of the enclosure, it must be tested with supplied enclosure only)
  • be supplied with details of the conventional enclosed thermal current rating (Ithe)
  • be supplied with the d.c. voltage (rated operational voltage Ue) and operational current (Ie) ratings for each configuration of contacts the manufacturer allows
  • If outdoor use, have current ratings at operating temperatures to cover off installation in situations of “ambient +40°C”

current ratings to be at uninterrupted duty rating (this rating due to issue that switch contacts are not regularly operated to remove / clear oxidisation/dirt accumulation)[:zh]新闻
直流隔离开关
标准AS/NZS4417.2中直流隔离开关(DC Isolator)的定义如下:
直流隔离开关
一种电气设备-

  • 一种空气隔断的直流隔离开关;并且
  • 用于家用光电池(PV)的布线连接安装;其他家用再生能源的安装,或者家用储能设备的安装;并且包括
  • 任何配合支流断路开关户外使用的特殊制备独立外壳

旧版本的AS/NZS IEC 60947.3:2015已经更新成AS 60947.3:2018。AS 60947.3:2018采纳了标准AS/NZS 5033要求,对应用于PV系统的直流隔离开关的电气安全要求进行了更新。现有已认证的直流隔离开关按照标准AS/NZS 5033要求安装后在使用中出现了大量的意外事故。新版本标准AS 60947.3:2018合理的涵盖了此类风险。因此按照新版本AS 60947.3:2018进行测试与认证变得尤为重要。我们可以轻易分辨出哪些产品符合新标准要求。符合新标准要求的直流隔离开关的证书上会显示这是一份符合性证书,产品分类是直流隔离开关,标准号是AS 60947.3:2018。
更多关于各个州对于直流隔离开关的要求,请参考如下CEC网站链接:
http://www.solaraccreditation.com.au/products/dc-isolator-updates.html
您需要遵循如下ESO的要求来跟我司进行证书重新认证。
最新标准AS 60947.3:2018 已于2018年6月29日发布,对应用于PV系统的直流隔离开关的电气安全要求进行了更新。新标准允许自标准发行后12个月内旧版标准依然有效。然而,因为这是一项重要的电气安全事件,昆士兰电气安全办公室(Electrical Safety Office,ESO)提供了一份指导文件,指导制造商和实验室于过渡期间如何使产品符合标准并获得产品认证证书。如附件所示。我司将以此文件为唯一认证发证基准。
这样做的目的是,令证书持有人尽快对产品进行重新测试及认证,以期符合最新标准的要求。为了达成此目标,ESO对于认证要求实行弹性配合。

电源
ERAC (Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council 电气管理理事会) 发布了关于要求有两种外壳固定方式的直插式电源的一项最新公告。更多信息请参考此链接:http://erac.gov.au/images/Downloads/4_6%20-%20information%20notice%20-%20021%20-%20power%20supply%20or%20charger%20-%20may%202018.pdf.
概括来讲,对于直插式电源,其适用的测试标准要求外壳需要有两种固定方式的,比如AS/NZS 61558 或者AS/NZS 60335,这两种固定方式需要是不同形式的,例如超声波焊接和螺丝钉,或者螺丝钉和胶水,并且需要按照公告要求对这两种不同形式的固定方式进行测试。[:]

Newsletter #1 2018

August, 2018

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Small Batteries

Small batteries are a high profile issue in Australia as we have had a couple of children die and numerous other children getting severe internal burns from swallowing them.  When a remote control is intended to be used with an appliance or batteries that are accessible inside the appliance, the battery type designation is to be added to the report, or at least included in the instruction manual irrespective of the size.  If not the project will be delayed when we request the information.

New NSW Gazette for Declared Articles

A new gazette was released on Friday 18th May and is now in force. You can see a full list of declared articles on our website – click here. There have been a number of standard versions which have changed and there are some new declared articles which will align the declared articles list with AS/NZS 4417.2. Some highlights are:

Application date of Amendment 4 of AS/NZS 60335.1:2011 is 30 June 2019, but it can be used in applications from now on.

AS/NZS 60598.2.21 can now be used for rope lights, but not mandatory until 2020.

Glue Guns have been added and are mandatory for certification from 1 July 2020.

Self-Ballasted LED lamps have been added and are mandatory for certification from 1 July 2020.

Nightlights have been added and are mandatory for certification from 1 July 2020.

The Building Wire Cable definition has been expanded to further clarify which products are captured.

A change to the appliance connector definition which specifies that only standard connectors are declared.

The addition of Airconditioners incorporating flammable refrigerant.

AS/NZS 62368.1

This standard may be used from now on for applications. Please note that there is a significant transition period where either AS/NZS 60950.1 or AS/NZS 60065 can still be used.

Battery Energy Storage Systems

SAA Approvals has been participating in an initiative led by the Queensland Government to develop an Industry Best Practice Guide for Battery Energy Storage systems, which can include batteries used in household Photovoltaic power inverter systems. When this is released in the next few weeks we will publish a link to the guide in a future newsletter and also on our website.

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Newsletter #6 2017

August, 2018

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RECS – RCM

Last Friday, the Queensland Government issued a Declaration of Recognised External Certification Scheme (RECS) for SAA Approvals PTY LTD.
上周五,昆士兰政府颁发了授予SAA 特许外部认证体系资质(RECS)的公告。

This is what it means for our customers:
对于我们的客户而言,这意味着:

Absolutely nothing changes for our customers unless they choose to use the RECS scheme instead of the REAS scheme at the time of application. If neither box is ticked, at this stage we will use the NSW REAS system by default. There is no application fee difference between the two schemes.
显然,对于我们的客户而言,并没有什么改变,除非在他们递交申请时,选择RECS 体系,而不是REAS 体系。如果没有勾选申请表中的这两个选项的任何一个,那么我们会使用NSW REAS体系。对于这两个体系而言,申请费都是一样。

This does not affect EMC applications in any way.
这一变化并不影响 EMC 的申请情况。

Clients can now choose at the time of the application whether to apply using our New South Wales (REAS) process, or the Queensland (RECS) process. There are slightly different requirements in some instances and we will explain those at the time of application. Please note that both certification schemes (REAS and RECS) are fully accepted as means of documentary compliance with Australian law. Here is what the top of the new application form now looks like:
现在,客户在提交申请时,可以选择是否使用新南威尔士认证体系(REAS),或者昆士兰认证体系(RECS).这两种体系在某些情况下,会有一些细微的差别。当客户递交申请的时候,我司会做出相应的解释。请注意:两种认证体系(REAS 和 RECS)下获得的证书都是完全被澳大利亚法律认可的。下图为新的申请表格做出的相应的调整:

With the RECS option there are 3 levels of in-scope electrical equipment, level 1, 2 or 3 which certificates can be issued and uploaded to the EESS database.  Further details can be found in AS/NZS 4417.2.  Certificates for level 3 items will be called Certificates of Conformity. Certificates for level 1 and 2 items will be called Certificates of Suitability. Please note that this does not apply to most commercial or industrial products as they were outside the scope of AS/NZS 4417.2 (the standard which governs the use of the RCM) and of the Equipment Safety Rules which were used as the basis of the Queensland legislation. We will continue to offer Certificates of Suitability for this equipment, but the certificates are not uploaded to the EESS database.
在 RECS这一体系中,电气设备被分成三个级别,一级,二级,三级。这些电气设备获得证书后都将上传至EESS 数据库。更多细节请参考 AS/NZS 4417.2.第三级电气设备证书被称之为合格认证证书。第一级和第二级电气设备证书称之为安全认证证书。请注意:这不适用于大部分商用或工业产品,因为这些产品不在AS/NZS 4417.2(该标准规定了RCM的使用要求)以及 昆士兰电气安全准则(昆士兰州电气安全法律法规的基础)涵盖范围之内。我司将继续提供这类产品的安全认证,但是这类证书将不会上传至EESS数据库。

The reason SAA has signed up as a RECS is to give our customers their own choice about which scheme to use and to continue our close working relationship with all Australian regulators in the pursuit of better public electrical safety.
我司提供RECS认证体系的目的在于,给我们的客户提供更多的选择,同时与澳大利亚所有政府监管机构保持持续紧密的良好合作关系,以期获得更好的公众电气安全。

Staff News

We are very happy to welcome Crystal Liu and Sarah Wang to our staff. Crystal has joined our engineering team and comes from the Shanghai area. Sarah has initially joined our team to cover for Hazel Martin, who is on maternity leave. Sarah also has an engineering background and will join the engineering team when Hazel returns to work. In the meantime, Hazel and her husband Brayden have welcomed a baby boy, Xavier and Hoong and his wife Rachel welcomed a baby girl, Annabel, into the world. We are very happy for them and wish them all the best.
我们非常高兴迎来了两位新成员, Crystal Liu 和Sarah Wang. Crystal来自上海,是我司工程师团队的新成员。Sarah目前在行政部,接替Hazel 的工作(Hazel 目前在休产假)。Sarah同样具有工程师背景,并将在Hazel返岗之后加入我们的工程师团队。值得一提的是,Hazel和她的丈夫 Brayden迎来了他们的小王子Xavier. Hoong和他的妻子迎来他们的小公主Annabel. 为他们感到高兴,并祝愿一切安好。[:]

Newsletter #5 2017

August, 2018

[:en]Power Supplies – Very Important

The New South Wales Regulator has been writing to importers and sellers of Power Supplies advising them that AS/NZS 60950.1 is not an appropriate standard for power supplies for general use. If the power supply is for use with IT products only, then an approval to AS/NZS 60950.1 is permitted. However, it should state on the packaging or product that it is for use with IT products only, or be supplied with an IT product. Even if the power supply has USB outputs only, it can still be used for general products as many toys, luminaires, appliances and other categories also use the USB protocol for connection to a power supply. It is for this reason that AS/NZS 61558 is available in the declaring definition for power supplies and this standard should be used for any general power supplies. Please communicate this to your customers, as they will have to update the approval if their approval is affected by the above advice.

电源-非常重要

新南威尔士执法部门给电源产品进口商和零售商发送了一份书面通知,标准AS/NZS 60950.1不适用于一般用途电源产品的电气安全检测与认证。
AS/NZS 60950.1仅适用于IT类电源产品的电气安全检测与认证。仅符合AS/NZS 60950.1的电源产品必须在包装或者产品上声明此电源仅适用于IT产品或者与IT产品一起提供给最终用户。
即使电源产品上只有USB 输出口,它也仍然可以被用于一般用途产品比如玩具、灯具和一些通过USB接口来连接电源的电器或其他类别的产品。因此强制性认证产品清单上要求使用AS/NZS 61558对一般用途电源产品进行电气安全检测和认证。
请将此信息传达给您的客户,如果他们的认证受到了上述通知的影响,他们则需要递交证书更改申请。

Building Wire Cables

There has been false advice recently given by other parties that SAA Certificates of Approval for Building Wire Cable to AS/NZS 5000.1 and AS/NZS 5000.2 were not able to be uploaded to the EESS database. This is not the case. SAA Certificates of Approval are issued under the NSW REAS scheme and these certificates are accepted and uploaded into the EESS database. This has recently been confirmed in writing by the ESO.

There is an unfortunate situation in Australia where the NSW REAS requirements for testing of building wire cable and those of the Queensland RECS scheme do not coincide. This does not matter for your customers, as certificates issued by either scheme are accepted in all States and Territories of Australia. The requirement from the REAS scheme which SAA follows is that the products are tested to the standard (5000.1 or 5000.2) using the IEC decision sheet for sample selection. Additionally the manufacturer must supply the routine test report required by these standards, preferably for each size of cable they are applying for if practical. We will then certify on that basis.

This area is the subject of regulatory debate at the moment, so the requirements may change.

建筑电线电缆

有消息误传SAA签发的AS/NZS 5000.1 和 AS/NZS 5000.2建筑电线电缆认证证书无法上传到EESS数据库。这是不正确的。SAA认证证书是根据新南威尔士REAS体系颁发的,这些证书被接受并且可以上传到EESS数据库。我们有昆州政府的书面确认。
不幸的是澳洲新南威尔士REAS体系对建筑电线电缆的测试要求与昆士兰RECS体系的要求不一致。但这对您的客户并没有影响,因为任何一个体系颁发的证书在澳洲所有州和地区都被接受。SAA遵循的REAS体系要求产品按照标准(5000.1或5000.2)进行测试并且使用IEC决策表进行样品筛选。此外,制造商必须提供标准要求的常规测试报告,最好提供所有尺寸的建筑电线电缆的常规测试报告。我们将在此基础上进行认证。
监管者对这部分内容目前有些争议,所以相关要求可能会随时发生变化。

EMC

We offer a fast and efficient EMC service which involves issuing an EMC certificate and the SDoC template required by the ACMA in Australia. This is a good way for you to cover all your safety and EMC requirements in one application. Please enquire about this service if you need more information.
电磁兼容

我们提供快速且高效的EMC服务,颁发EMC证书和澳大利大ACMA要求的SDoC。您可以一站式申请电气安全和电磁兼容证书。如果您需要更多相关信息,请向我们咨询。[:]

Newsletter #4 2017

August, 2018

[:en]Package Deal
When we certify a product for electrical safety, we also offer the EMC service at AUD 265 and this also includes a free basic listing on our Marketplace which is where certificate holders can promote their products direct to Australian customers and find buyers for their products. This is a great opportunity for you to add value for your customers.

优惠套装
如果您在申请产品安全认证的同时申请我们的电磁兼容服务,您只需要支付AUD265就能获得电磁兼容服务,并且我们还提供一年的免费marketplace促销。Marketplace 是面向澳大利亚买家的数据平台,是我公司证书持有人的促销场所。通过在marketplace上罗列您的产品,我们帮助您的产品寻找潜在买家

Braided Cable

If you are using braided supply cables, the braid must appear on the supply cable certificate. It is not acceptable to substitute a braided cable for an unbraided cable on any appliance without modifying the approval for the appliance. If you are a cable supplier and you wish to add the braided option to your cable certificate, the flex and cable pulling tests must be completed on the braided model and the certificate modification processed.

编制线缆
如果您的产品上使用了编织线缆,线缆证书上必须有编织层信息。任何使用非编织线缆的产品通过认证后,不可随意将非编织线缆替换成编织线缆。如果您是线缆供应商并且您希望在线缆证书上增加编制层,那么增加编制层的线缆型号需要在有编织层覆盖情况下重新进行弯折测试和拉力测试,并且您需要在完成测试后申请证书更改来增加编制层信息。如果您的产品使用编织线缆而线缆证书上没有编织层信息的,也需要在编织线缆与产品或元器件的每一个连接点增加弯折测试和拉伸测试。

ESV RCBO ban

The ESV have instigated a ban on RCBOs in Victoria unless extra testing is completed, samples are submitted and the product registered. You can view details here. It is important to note that this applies to sales of RCBOs in Victoria only and does not affect sales to any other part of Australia or NZ. Your SAA certificate remains valid, even in Victoria.

维多利亚州禁售RCBO
维多利亚州政府在维多利亚州禁售RCBO。想要在维多利亚州继续销售RCBO,需要加做额外的测试,递交产品样品以及对产品进行注册。您可以从这里得到更多详细信息。 值得注意的是,此项要求仅仅影响维多利亚州内的RCBO的销售,不影响RCBO在澳大利亚其它各州以及新西兰的销售。这是一项政府要求,并不影响SAA签发出去的证书的有效性。

Recognised Laboratories

A reminder that our Recognised Laboratory Scheme is up and running on our website. This is a useful way of finding accredited laboratories to complete testing. It is very popular with Australian applicants sourcing test laboratories.

认可实验室
我们的认可实验室项目已经上马运行了。这个项目帮助澳大利亚客户从我们公司网站寻找有资质的实验室对他们的产品进行测试。同时,这个项目增加了有资质的实验室在澳大利亚客户群中的曝光率。[:]

Newsletter #3 2017

May, 2017

AS/NZS 3820
We field many enquiries about AS/NZS 3820. This standard is the basic electrical safety standard referenced by State and National electrical safety legislation across Australia and New Zealand. Simply put, this standard requires that any electrical product imported into, or manufactured in, Australia must comply with the relevant Australian safety standard. Even if a product is not regulated and is not mandatory for certification, it must still comply with the Australian standard. There have been instances recently where the Australian Customs have impounded shipments of products which do not have test reports covering the Australian standard, often only with European CE declarations. To avoid this, we remind everybody to ensure they have endorsed test reports from an accredited laboratory for all electrical products. We do offer a service for a Certificate of Suitability for non-declared products and this is the best way to ensure you have met your legal obligations for electrical safety.
AS/NZS 3820
我们收到不少关于AS/NZS 3820的咨询。这是一本贯穿于澳大利亚和新西兰各州以及国家法律的基础电气安全标准。简言之,这本标准要求所有进口到以及在澳大利亚和新西兰制造的电气产品必须符合相关的澳大利亚/新西兰标准。不论产品是否属于强制性认证产品,所有产品必须符合澳大利亚/新西兰标准。近期澳大利亚海关扣押了不少进口货物,这些被扣押的物品往往只有欧洲CE认证而没有测试报告显示符合澳大利亚/新西兰标准。为避免货物被海关扣押,我们提醒所有客户把产品带入澳大利亚和新西兰之前请务必确保你们持有一份有资质实验室签发的产品符合澳大利亚/新西兰标准的测试报告。我们公司提供非强制认证产品的认证服务。向澳大利亚和新西兰海关提供一份我们公司签发的非强制性产品认证证书是最好的确保您的产品符合澳大利亚/新西兰标准的方法。
New NSW Gazette
新的新南威尔士州公告
The NSW Government has released a new gazette which has 4 changes from the previously reported gazette:
新南威尔士州政府发行了一份新的公告,对强制认证产品清单进行4处改动:
Item 7 – Building Wiring Cable
新增条款7――建筑用电线电缆
Item 15 – Double Capped Light Emitting Semiconductor Lamp (LED Tubes)
新增条款15――双端LED灯(LED灯管)
Item 37 – Plug (add A3 to 3112)
修改条款37――插头(增加3112增刊3的要求)
Item 47 – Socket Outlet (add A3 to 3112)
修改条款47――插座(增加3112增刊3的要求)

The full list of items can be viewed on our website here.
完整的强制认证产品清单在线浏览,请电击这里。
There is a transition period for the new items, the Building Wire Cable and the LED tubes until January 29, 2018. These products must be certified before this time.
从此刻起到2018年1月29日止为新增的建筑用电线电缆和LED灯管的认证过渡期。所有在澳大利亚市场的建筑用电线电缆和LED灯管在2018年1月29日前必须获取澳洲强制认证证书。
For those certificate holders who already have Certificates of Suitability for these items, we will be emailing the client and the consultant to advise what steps will need to be taken to update their certificates.
对于建筑用电线电缆和LED灯管已经持有非强制认证证书的持有人,我们近期会清查我们公司数据库,发送电子邮件到客户以及咨询公司并指导如何将非强制认证证书转换成强制认证证书。
Please note that NSW has decided against including air conditioners at this time.
新南威尔士州决定目前不变更空调为强制认证产品。

Standards
标准更新

Please note that once a certificate has been issued, there is no need to update the standard on the certificate until the expiry date is reached and a renewal has been submitted. The exception is if a technical modification is made to the certified product, in which case the testing must be updated to the latest version of the standard.
一份证书从签发日起直到有效期截止日的过程中,不需要对该证书涵盖的产品做标准更新,除非该证书涵盖的产品有技术变更。如果某证书涵盖的产品有技术变更,那么需要对该产品按照现行有效标准进行重新测试并修改证书。
AS/NZS 3100:2017 was published on 13 January 2017. There is a 2 year transition period during which the older version may be used.
澳大利亚于2017年1月13日发行了AS/NZS 3100:2017。这份新标准有两年的过渡期,标准发行后两年内允许使用旧版标准。
AS/NZS 62841.2.11:2017 for reciprocating saws has been released.
澳大利亚新发行了往复锯标准AS/NZS 62841.2.11:2017。
Fraud

As we have previously informed our partners and stakeholders, we recently upgraded our electronic certificates in an effort to better protect the public from fraudulently altered certificates. However, we continue to find instances of certificates having been fraudulently altered, or just outright frauds. We offer a free service to check that a certificate is valid and for this we require a photo of the product and a copy of the certificate presented. We endeavour to answer these enquiries as quickly as possible. If you have any doubt at all about the safety of a product, we urge you to immediately contact the Electrical Safety Office in your State with your concerns. We work with the regulators as closely as possible to prevent fraud and unsafe product appearing in Australia or New Zealand.
证书核实
如我们之前提到的,我们近期对电子证书进行了更新,期望可以减少仿冒证书从而保护我们客户的利益以及公众安全。然而,我们依然经常发现对我们发行的证书进行擅自修改和彻底仿冒的行为。基于以上情况,我们现提供证书的免费核实服务。如需核实证书的有效性,请同时给我们发送产品照片以及证书复印件或照片。我们会尽快的回复这一类求证核实电子邮件。如果您对自己购买的产品有任何疑虑,我们建议您联系您所在州的电气安全部门。我们与各个执法部门紧密合作以减少仿冒产品在澳大利亚以及新西兰流通。

Newsletter #2 2017

May, 2017

[:en]Declared Articles List

We have advice from the NSW DFT that the declaring definitions will be updated soon to reflect the changes in product levels in AS/NZS 4417.2. As soon as this has been released we will send out a special newsletter detailing the changes. We will work with all clients to ensure their certificates are updated within the transitional timeframes.

Product Labeling

Any SAA-certified electrical products imported into Australia must carry the Brand name and model number, as well as the approval mark and all the items required by the product safety standard. Failure to do so will invalidate the approval and cause problems for the client. It is important that this information is clearly communicated to the manufacturer if you are acting on their behalf.

Recognised Laboratory

This has been a total success in connecting SAA clients looking for testing services with accredited laboratories familiar with the SAA process and requirements. If your laboratory has not yet applied, you can now apply online here. The first year is free and there is no exclusive obligation on any party.
New Standards Released
AS/NZS 3100:2017 (2 year transition)
AS/NZS 60335.2.11:2017
AS/NZS 62841.2.11:2017[:]

Newsletter #1 2017

May, 2017

[:en]All-in-one Service
Remember that we offer a service to certify for safety, EMC and also a free listing on SAA Marketplace for your client’s product for an inclusive price of AUD 865. All within 5 working days. This is great value for the client and takes care of everything they need to supply the importer for RCM compliance.

Update to RCM Levels

There is a significant amendment to AS/NZS 4417.2 which covers the specified levels for high risk and medium risk electrical products. The amendment came into force on January 14, 2017. The following products have been added to the level 3 list for Australia:
-Building Wiring Cables
-Airconditioners with flammable refrigerant
-Double capped LED luminaires (LED tubes)

The following products have been re-classified as level 2:
-Simple portable luminaires within the scope of annex ZA of AS/NZS 60598.2.4.
-Film Projectors
-Sewing Machines

The following product has been added as a new level 2 item:
-Airconditioners with non-flammable refrigerant

It will be a requirement that these products are marked with the RCM. As the RCM is required for EMC, this may not have much of an impact on our clients. However, it is significant that the suppliers of buiding wiring cables (also known locally as TPS) must now mark the RCM.

We anticipate that the NSW declared articles list will be updated to reflect these changes very soon.

There are also new level 2 items for New Zealand, notably including Lithium Ion Batteries which must now be tested to IEC 62133, Mains-socket mounted nightlights, Battery-operated tools, ELV luminaires, Glue Guns and DC Isolators for use with PV installations.

Please note that only importers in Australia can apply for RCM registration. This cannot be done by overseas companies.

Standards

Please note that there have been some updates to common standards in recent times and we require the following versions:
-AS/NZS 60335.1:2011+A1-2 (until 19 October 2017, after which A3 will also be required)
-AS/NZS 61347.1:2016
-AS/NZS 60950.1:2015
-AS/NZS 3100:2009+A1-4.
If you are reporting to IEC, please make sure that the Australian deviations are covered to the latest version of the AS/NZS standard.
Power Supplies

Power supplies are Declared Articles in Australia, or level 3 items under the EESS legislation. This means they must be approved to the standard suitable for their use. AS/NZS 4417.2 is specific that power supplies approved to AS/NZS 60065 or AS/NZS 60950.1 must only be used for products classified as AV or IT equipment respectively. If the power supply is not being used for the equipment specified by the standard in the Certificate of Approval, then it is not considered to be approved for use. A good example recently was where a manufacturer had sourced an AS/NZS 60950.1 approved adaptor and was using it with a portable LED luminaire. This is not allowed. Any power supply used with LED lighting must be approved to AS/NZS 61347.1 and AS/NZS 61347.2.13. The following is the full definition from the Declared Articles LIst:

36. Power Supply or Charger [B.2.36 Power supply or charger]
An electrical device which—
(a) provides an output not exceeding 50 V a.c. or 120 V ripple free d.c.; and
(b) is a type to provide supply to separate luminaires; or
(c) is a household type for either charging batteries or to provide a supply to separate equipment.
But does not include:
(d) Information Technology and Audio Video equipment that can use the output to also transmit data that is not associated
with the power supply or charger function.
Class Specification:
General use:
AS/NZS 61558.2.6:2009+A1; or
AS/NZS 61558.2.16:2010+A1-3 (switched-mode types)
Electronic or transformer types designated for use with specific electronic equipment:
AS/NZS 60065:2012+A1; or
AS/NZS 60950.1:2011+A1 (until 1 Sept 2017) or AS/NZS 60950.1:2015; or
AS/NZS 61558.2.16:2010+A1-3 (switched-mode types)
Note: Consideration is being given to the alternative adoption of IEC 62368:2015
Toys:
AS/NZS 61558.2.7:2008+A1; or
AS/NZS 61558.2.16:2010+A1-3 (switched-mode types)
Bells or chimes:
AS/NZS 61558.2.8:2011+A1; or
AS/NZS 61558.2.16:2010+A1-3 (switched-mode types)
Lighting purposes:
Electronic type:
LED modules: AS/NZS IEC 61347.2.13:2013
Other: AS/NZS 61347.2.2:2007
Ferromagnetic type: AS/NZS 61558.2.6:2009+A1
Handlamps:
AS/NZS 61558.2.9:2011+A1
AS/NZS 61558.2.16:2010+A1-3 (switched-mode types)
Fence energisers:
AS/NZS 61558.2.6:2009+A1 together with AS/NZS 60335.2.76:2003+A1-4; or
AS/NZS 61558.2.16:2010+A1-3 together with AS/NZS 60335.2.76:2003+A1-4 (switched-mode types)
Battery chargers
AS/NZS 60335.2.29:2004+A1-2

We urge you to disseminate this information to any affected parties, as it is important that our clients do not invalidate their approvals.[:]