AS/NZS 60598.2.1:2014 has been released and now features Amendment A which contains all required testing for LED tubes. We are encouraging all clients to begin applying this standard for any LED tube applications. Existing requirements will be accepted as well in the meantime. AS/NZS 3105:2014 has been released and this has now incorporated AS/NZS 3197 which has been withdrawn by Standards Australia. There is a transition period to allow the use of AS/NZS 3105:2012 for a further 2 years from publication date and the NSW DFT have confirmed they will accept this. AS/NZS 3100 has a further amendment 3 which should now be reported with any new applications. There is a 2 year transition period until the amendment is mandatory. A new gazette has been released by the NSW DFT updating the declaring definitions. You can click this link and scroll down to the 36th page to view it.
The rules around certificate expiry are very strict and very clear:
1. Once a certificate has expired, the number is withdrawn and the approval cannot be extended or re-opened.
2. The renewal application must be lodged with SAA a minimum of 2 weeks before expiry.
3. The renewal application must contain test reports as evidence of compliance to the latest applicable standard.
4. New photos of the latest production must be included with the application.
5. There is no need to update to latest standards until it is time for the certificate is renewed.
6. Extensions of a Certificate of Approval are permitted by the NSW DFT, but as a REAS we must seek their approval and pay a fee of AUD 459 (NSW fee) plus AUD 100 (SAA fee) before we can extend any certificate. These must be lodged well in advance of expiry of a certificate. There is also no guarantee they will be granted.
7. We do send out reminder emails before expiry to the approval holder and the consultant who made the application.
There have been several high-profile recalls of products in Australia recently. These often relate to products not being manufactured as per the approved article. We remind all our clients that it is unacceptable to change an approved article in any way, including marking, plastic or metal types, PCB layouts or component types unless the change has been tested and the approval modified. It is also a requirement of our terms and conditions that we are informed of any investigation of a product which we have approved. The Government is doing its job and performing check testing of product in the market and any unsafe product will be recalled.[:]
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