High risk products
Under the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010 (Regulation 84) high risk products are referred to as Declared High Risk Articles. The list of High risk products is set by Gazette notice.
A high risk product is assessed as having various hazards associated with the product and use of the product. This means a more intensive regulatory intervention is required to give assurance of safety for the New Zealand market.
All high risk products must be formally approved, or covered by certification that is recognised as an equivalent to an approval (under Regulation 85 and 86) before being offered for sale, or sold in New Zealand.
In the majority of cases the recognised certification relates to one of New Zealand’s Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRA).
Most high risk products are also “declared articles” in Australia. The Australian approvals systems (and associated certification) are recognised in New Zealand through Gazette notices and the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement (TTMRA). Most products that can be lawfully sold in Australia, will comply with the requirements of the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010, provided the associated documentation is available from the New Zealand supplier.
Approvals and recognised certification are often conditional and normally valid for up to five years, but may be less. An approval can be obtained from Energy Safety for products that are not covered by a valid Australian approval or recognised certification, or certified in accordance with one of New Zealand’s EEE MRAs. An application for approval should be made on the applicable Declared Article Approval form and should be accompanied by a test report (Regulation 81) verifying compliance with the applicable Standard listed in Schedule 4 of the Regulations.
It is recommended that New Zealand importers hold copies of the certification required for an approval of their product. This certification should be available at Energy Safety’s request for evidence of safety in relation to an incident or for audit purposes.
Current list of High risk product definitions that require an approval prior to sale or offer for sale in New Zealand.
Approvals are the method of control applied to listed High risk articles prior to sale or offer for sale in New Zealand.
Energy Safety may recognise other certification from organisations, agencies, programme or regimes.