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.
New NSW Gazette
The NSW Government has released a new gazette which has 4 changes from the previously reported gazette:
Item 7 – Building Wiring Cable
Item 15 – Double Capped Light Emitting Semiconductor Lamp (LED Tubes)
Item 37 – Plug (add A3 to 3112)
Item 47 – Socket Outlet (add A3 to 3112)
The full list of items can be viewed on our website here.
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.
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.
Please note that NSW has decided against including air conditioners at this time.
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.
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.
AS/NZS 62841.2.11:2017 for reciprocating saws has been released.
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.
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