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Second hand appliances

All second hand electrical appliances sold in New Zealand must be electrically safe. A way of demonstrating this is to have them tested to Australian and New Zealand Electrical Safety Standard (AS/NZS) 5761, or has been disabled and tagged in accordance with AS/NZS 4701.


Buying or selling second-hand appliances

The legal requirements applicable in New Zealand relating to the safety of second-hand appliances offered for sale are contained in the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010. A second-hand electrical appliance cannot be sold or used unless it meets certain fundamental safety requirements.

The regulations state that a second-hand appliance, other than electrical medical devices, is considered safe for sale if it has either been:

  • tested and tagged in accordance with AS/NZS5761: In-service safety inspection and testing second-hand electrical equipment prior to sale, or
  • has been disabled and labelled in accordance with AS/NZS4701: Requirements for domestic electrical appliances and equipment for reconditioning or parts recycling.


Some criteria for checking that the appliance you are purchasing properly meets the legal requirements are:

  • If it is suitable for use and connection to the power supply it must have successfully been subjected to some safety tests and inspections. It will be fitted with a non-reusable, non-metallic tag which may be of the adhesive-backed variety and will include:
  1. The name of the person or company who performed the inspections and tests; and
  2. The inspection and test date.

If it is not suitable for use and connection to the power supply, it will have been rendered incapable of being connected to the power supply by removal of the means of connection such as the supply cord or the supply cord and plug, or the electrical appliance inlet or the pins for direct insertion into a socket outlet. It will also be fitted with an appropriate conspicuous warning label.

Last updated 1 May 2012
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