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All electrical appliances in New Zealand must comply with basic safety requirements, in accordance with the Electricity Regulations 1997. The appliance industry has a responsibility to provide safe products and the New Zealand public has a right to expect appliances they buy to be safe.
The Electrical Appliance Safety Regime was designed to deal with New Zealand's trade agreements while ensuring safety in the marketplace. The regime is enforced by Energy Safety.
The regime has been designed to deliver safe appliances to the public by:
- Providing a regulatory requirement for appliances to be safe, backed up by legal penalties for non-compliance.
- Providing recognised methods by which suppliers can determine the safety of appliances they import (including recognised Standards and recognised testing facilities).
- Providing recognition of certification and testing regimes operated by New Zealand's trading partners, particularly Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, the European Union, and China and allowing recognition of other systems such as those operated by Taiwan, Hong Kong and APEC economies.
- Requiring appliances that have been assessed as having a higher potential for safety deficiencies to be covered by either a supplier declaration or approval requirement prior to sale.
Products considered to offer a medium to high safety risk are required to be covered by a Supplier Declaration of Compliance (SDoC) completed by the New Zealand manufacturer, importer or agent of the product prior to being offered for sale or sold.
Products considered to offer high safety risk are required to be formally approved by Energy Safety, or covered by other certification that is formally recognised by a public notice (Gazette Notice), as an approval, (in addition to being required to be covered by a valid SDoC), prior to being offered for sale or sold in New Zealand.
Compliance with the appropriate product safety standards listed, will satisfy the requirements of AS/NZS 3820:1998 "Essential safety requirements for low voltage equipment".
Products sold in New Zealand are required to comply with NZS (or AS/NZS) Standards, in order to be recognised as being safe, however alternative international safety standards with appropriate NZ deviations applied may be acceptable as an alternative.