Energy Safe in Victoria recently made some announcements about law changes in their State which relate to the EESS and how the RCM is used.
The major change is that from October 1, Victoria will only accept certificates issued under the RECS certification system. SAA is a RECS certifier.
This is not a problem at all for SAA customers. The Victorian regulator has clearly signalled this change over a long period of time and SAA is completely ready for it. We have been issuing RECS certificates for some time and we will simply switch over our customers to the RECS system over the next few months.
If you already have an SAA certificate, it is completely unaffected by this announcement and will continue to be accepted throughout Australia and New Zealand, as per our JAS-ANZ accreditation. The change only affects new certificates issued from 1 October. All certificates issued up until 1 October are unaffected and will be uploaded to the database.
There is absolutely nothing to worry about as the Victorian Government has taken steps to ensure minimum disruption for certificate holders with generous transition times and SAA have worked closely with them to ensure that our certificates will continue to be valid in all States and New Zealand.
The main new requirements of the new system are that the test report covers the current Australian standard. This can be an older version if there is a published transition period in the standard. The other major new requirement is that family model numbers cannot be used. This will take some time to adjust to, but our competent administration team can help you with your model listings to save cost.
All the team at SAA remain committed to providing the highest quality of technical competence and service and market access and this will always be the case. We are completely independent of any laboratory or consultation company and all our employees are contracted to, and work for, SAA alone. We care passionately about our work and helping our clients provide safe products to customers in Australia and New Zealand. Our goal remains to be the best Certification Body in the world.
The official announcement from the ESV is here. You can see that SAA is listed as an accepted certifier.
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