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Enhancements to the Electrical Equipment Safety Regime
5 March 2013
On 1 March 2013 Queensland commenced the implementation in Australia of the new Electrical Equipment Safety Scheme (EESS). From that date, the EESS Supplier Registration and Product Registration databases have become operational, and a transitional stage is implemented. The other Australian jurisdictions, with the exception of New South Wales, will progressively implement the EESS.
Energy Safety is also implementing the EESS through a transitional recognition arrangement that will ensure the maximum recognition of the EESS for products imported into New Zealand on the basis of Australian certification.
The EESS is intended to improve safety compliance for electrical and electronic equipment in Australia and New Zealand by creating requirements for both supplier and product registration. It will also require the use of the Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) on compliant products after a transition period.
Because the New Zealand regulatory regime for electrical and electronic equipment recognises products compliant with the Australian regime, compliance with the EESS will progressively occur in New Zealand, including the use of the RCM on compliant products.
Energy Safety recommends that importers ordering electrical and electronic equipment from this date forward ensure that the products are complaint with the evolving Australian regulatory systems and, where necessary, that they are marked with the RCM.
For more information on the EESS, visit the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC) website.
More information is available on the New Zealand regime for electrical appliances and equipment.