Electrical equipment safety requirements and marking revised Standards published

Two revised Standards for safety requirements for electrical equipment and marking of electrical products to indicate compliance with regulations have been published.

AS/NZS 3820 Essential safety requirements for electrical equipment

Essential safety requirements for electrical equipment AS/NZS 3820:2009 provides electrical regulators with criteria for the safety of electrical equipment for products where regulatory approval before sale is not required (non-declared articles). AS/NZS 3820:2009 updates the 1998 edition, which included Amendment 1 (2004) to make it more compatible with the current safety regulatory requirements in New Zealand and Australia.

AS/NZS 3820:2009 aims to ensure that electrical equipment is built to good engineering practice and safety requirements and does not endanger people, animals, or property when installed, maintained, and used. Standards are available for specific electrical products and these Standards outline how to meet the requirements in AS/NZS 3820:2009.

Suppliers can claim compliance to AS/NZS 3820:2009 by declaration. Supporting documentation (such as certification or test reports or appropriate engineering assessments) should be available if requested by the person receiving the equipment or by a government electrical safety regulator.

AS/NZS 3820:2009 will be cited in the proposed Electrical (Safety) Regulations 2009 and AS/NZS 3820:1998 is cited in the Electrical Regulations 1997.

AS/NZS 4417 Marking of electrical equipment to indicate compliance regulations

Four revised parts of the Standard for the Marking of electrical and electronic products to indicate compliance with regulations (AS/NZS 4417) have just been published.

AS/NZS 4417 provides the basis for a uniform New Zealand/Australian regulatory compliance-marking scheme for electrical and electronic products and is published in four separate parts.

AS/NZS 4417.1:2009 General rules for use of the mark specifies the general requirements for the use of a trademark, called the Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM), on electrical and electronic products. The RCM provides a visible supplier's claim that the product complies with regulations. Suppliers must declare their use of the RCM and must register their intention to use the RCM.

AS/NZS 4417.2:2009 Specific requirements for electrical safety regulatory applications provides specific requirements for manufacturers or suppliers of electrical equipment for the use of the RCM on electrical and electronic products. Part 2 defines declared articles for which manufacturers or suppliers need to complete a Supplier's Declaration of Conformity and gain prior approval from the regulator before the articles can be sold in New Zealand or Australia.

AS/NZS 4417.3:2009 Specific requirements for electromagnetic compatibility regulatory applications is used by anyone manufacturing electrical equipment to meet the requirements for the use of the RCM on products to indicate compliance with electromagnetic compatibility regulations. These requirements prevent interference with communications such as radio, television, and telephones.

AS/NZS 4417.4:2009 Specific requirements for radio apparatus regulatory applications is used by manufacturers of communications equipment to meet the requirements for the use of the RCM on radio apparatus to indicate compliance with radiocommunications regulations.

Related Standards

  • AS/NZS 3000:2007 Electrical installations (known as the Australian/New Zealand Wiring Rules)
  • AS/NZS 3100:2009 Approval and test specification – General requirements for electrical equipment
  • AS/NZS 60335.1:2002 Household and similar electrical appliances – General requirements
  • AS/NZS 61558.1:2000 Safety of power transformers, power supply units and similar – General requirements and tests

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