For Australia getting your electrical product approved falls into one of two categories for household and similar products.
Declared Articles and in this case we apply for a safety certificate from the NSW government safety regulator (80% of Australian approval are done via NSW), register on their website and the approval number we receive is placed on your product's label. We also help you register on the ERAC website as a Responsible Supplier to obtain the Regulatory Compliance Mark in our capacity as Authorized Representative. We need a test report from a laboratory accredited for the applicable Australian standard covering the products on the declared item list. We work with several labs in Australia, the EU and Asia to achieve this.
For Non-Declared Articles which is everything that is not declared we assess the product, make an inspection of the product and any supporting test data and we supplement this with our own testing where we find it necessary. We issue a certificate of approval, approval number and register the product on our product compliance database. We also help you register on the ERAC website as a Responsible Supplier and obtain the Regulatory Compliance Mark in our capacity as Authorized Representative.
One of the most common Australian product compliance marks is the Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM). It is used to show that products meet Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR), Radio communication, Telecommunication and electrical safety legislative requirements.
Who must comply?
- Everyone who manufactures or imports the electrical equipment into Australia must comply.
What equipment must comply?
- Low voltage electrical equipment that is designed, or marketed as suitable, for household, personal or similar use.
- It is immaterial whether the low voltage electrical equipment is also designed or marketed to be used for commercial or industrial purposes.
- Low voltage electrical equipment that is rated at:
- Greater than 50 V AC RMS or 120V ripple-free DC (extra-low voltage) and
- Less than 1000V AC RMS or 1500V ripple-free DC (high voltage)
What about electrical equipment that is only industrial and commercial equipment?
Work Health and Safety regulations enacted by each state and territory and the Electrical Safety Installation Regulations of each state and territory apply. Guidance is given in the codes of practice that support the legislation. Relevant Australian standards include AS60204.1: Safety of Machinery – Electrical Equipment of Machines.
In general, Australia is a highly regulated environment and suppliers to the Australian market must inform themselves of the applicable legislation and standards or risk fines and product recalls.
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