Energy Safety Business Update September 2012 SDoC requirements for Power Supplies and Chargers when

Issue 43 – October 2012

When importing or manufacturing electrical equipment for sale in New Zealand, that includes as an accessory, separate power supplies/chargers/AC adaptors and so on (that is, not built-in or permanently connected to the primary equipment), the primary equipment imported may or may not be a listed Medium risk article, requiring a Supplier Declaration or Conformity (SDoC) prior to sale or offer for sale in New Zealand.

However, separate power supplies as defined, in their own right require an SDoC as a listed Medium risk article. The recognised safety Standard for the power supply depends upon the equipment it is intended to be used with. The appropriate power supply safety Standard for the primary equipment is referred to in the safety Standard for the primary equipment.

Below is a guide to the appropriate power supply safety Standard for use with particular equipment; if in doubt refer to the primary equipment safety Standard:

  1. For general household appliances: AS/NZS 61558-1 (or equivalent IEC as modified annex ZZ of the AS/NZS)

  2. Televisions and audio equipment: AS/NZS 60065 (or equivalent IEC as modified annex ZZ of the AS/NZS)

  3. For computers, telephones and other IT equipment: AS/NZS 60950 (or equivalent IEC as modified annex ZZ of the AS/NZS)

  4. For power tools: AS/NZS 61558-1 (or equivalent IEC as modified annex ZZ of the AS/NZS)

  5. For lighting equipment: AS/NZS 61558-1 (or equivalent IEC as modified annex ZZ of the AS/NZS)

→ View a full list of Standards applicable to electrical fittings and appliances (http://www.med.govt.nz/energysafety/legislation-policy/electricity-acts-regulations-codes/standards-and-codes-of-practice/standards-applicable-to-electrical-fittings-and-appliances) on Energy Safety's website

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Summarised from Energy Safety's Business Update, September 2012.

Published in energy.