Our best wishes to our clients for the New Year!
There is a large amount of confusion regarding the new RCM system which is being introduced progressively into all States of Australia and New Zealand except New South Wales. At this stage, Queensland is the only State which will have the new system in place on March 1 2013. As far as we are aware no other State or New Zealand has the legislation in place for the new system.
We are really unsure. The following statement appears on the ERAC (Electrical Regulators) website:
“Clarification on the proposed Electrical Equipment Safety Scheme
It is apparent that a number of suppliers of electrical appliances and other industry participants are concerned about the proposed introduction of a new scheme that will regulate the supply of electrical goods in Australia.
Please note that no changes have been made to the current system of certification in place for the safe and legal supply of electrical goods. This means that the existing requirements remain in place. Suppliers can continue to seek advice from regulatory authorities in any state as to their obligations. There are no changes to the current system that are to be made in the immediate future.
It is important to note, that the proposed national scheme is not supported by all jurisdictions. NSW does not support the proposed scheme and is not participating. The proposed scheme is dependant on participating jurisdictions enacting the appropriate legislative amendments. Until such time, the existing requirements for suppliers remain in place.”
Further to the above statement, we have written to the Queensland regulator requesting clarification on what they will require. As soon as we get a response, we will inform you.
SAA Approvals is accredited by the Joint Accreditation Service of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) as a third party certification body to issue certificates for electrical equipment that has proven to comply with the safety requirements of the applicable Australian Standard.
SAA Approvals is accepted and gazetted by the New South Wales Fair Trading as a Recognised External Approvals Scheme (REAS) and Queensland Electrical Safety Office as a Recognised External Certification Scheme (RECS).
The General Manager
SAA Approvals Pty Ltd
PO Box 189
Cannon Hill QLD 4170