AUS and NZ are two closely connected countries. In terms of economy, the two countries have almost formed a common market, and they cooperate closely in some international organizations and institutions. The two countries have also signed multiple bilateral agreements, including trade, investment, agriculture, environment, and other fields.
Among the bilateral agreements, the most influential one is the Tasman District Mutual Recognition Agreement, in which the items of mutual recognition include commodities, practice certificates, policy benefits, etc. The Australian and NZ electrical product certification mentioned in this article is also in its scope, which means that products certified in NZ or AUS can be sold in another country.
Regarding the framework for electrical product certification, AUS and NZ are also very similar, and even have established the same framework for safety certification: the EESS system, which mostly applies the same standards in telecommunications, EMC, energy efficiency and other regulations.
Australia and New Zealand have jointly formed an ERAC Electrical Regulatory Committee and an E3 Energy Efficiency Plan. ERAC is responsible for the certification management of basic safety, telecommunications, radio, electromagnetic energy, and ECM projects for Australia and New Zealand electrical appliances. Only after meeting the above requirements can the compliance mark RCM be added to products. The E3 program is responsible for managing the minimum energy consumption requirements for Australian and New Zealand electrical products.
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Authorized Certification Department
The Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) is a designated agency by the Australian and New Zealand governments responsible for providing accreditation to conformity assessment agencies in the field of certification and inspection. The institutions that have obtained JAS-ANZ certification are part of the External Certification Scheme (RECS), and the following are authorized certification institutions:
New South Wales Fair Trading - Regulatory Authorities
Energy Safe Victoria - Regulatory Authorities
Certification Body Australia (CBA)
EESS Conformity Certification Services (CCS)
Global-Mark Pty Ltd
UL International New Zealand Limited
SAA Approvals Pty Ltd
The role of certification agencies in electrical certification:
1. EESS electrical safety certification: issuance of safety qualification certificates (level 3) and safety applicability certificates (level 1 and level 2).
2. ACMA and RSM telecommunications electromagnetic radio and electromagnetic energy certification: Provide a declaration of conformity in telecommunications electromagnetic and other aspects.
Certification Departments And Institutions
New Zealand's electrical certification is managed by a common ERAC regulatory agency and an E3 energy efficiency program in Australia,
with local regulatory authorities including Radio Spectrum RSM and Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation Authority (EECA).
Radio Spectrum Management
1. Allocate spectrum usage rights;
2. Implement the 1989 Radio Communication Law and the 2001 Radio Communication Rules;
3. Supervise and manage radio and telecommunications electromagnetic related electrical products
Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority
1. Implement and supervise the E3 energy efficiency plan;
2. Supervise and manage energy efficiency related electrical products
▸ Framework for Radio and EMC
▸ Framework for Minimum Energy Efficiency requirements
Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002
Energy Rating Product Registration System
Products under E3
▸ Detailed standards for EMC
▸ Detailed standards for telecommunications
▸ Detailed Rules for Minimum Energy Efficiency Requirements
The mandatory certification products regulated by the EMC security framework are as follows (only some products that reference the Australian and New Zealand standards are shown):
AUS and NZ Standards (AS/NZS, AS, NZS) Standards
ISM radio frequency equipment
AS/NZS CISPR 11
Vehicles, motorboats, and spark-ignited engine-driven equipment
AS/NZS CISPR 12
Household appliances, electric tools and similar equipment
AS/NZS CISPR 14-1
Electrical lighting and similar equipment
AS/NZS CISPR 15
AS/NZS CISPR 32
EMC generic emission standard – residential, commercial and light industry
EMC generic emission standard – industrial environments
Limits and measurement methods of electromagnetic noise from A.C. powersystems, 0.15 – 1000 MHz
Uninterruptible power systems (UPS)
There are 72 types of mandatory certification products regulated under the telecommunications security framework, and the following are some examples:
Short Range Devices: 9 kHz – 40 GHz
ACMA Short Range Devices (2400 to 2483.5 MHz, 5150 to 5250 MHz, and 5725 to 5850 MHz bands only)
Short Range Devices (9 kHz – 25 MHz)
Short Range Devices (25 MHz – 1 GHz)
Short Range Devices (above 1 GHz)
Near Field Communication (NFC) Devices (13.56 MHz)
Medical Implant Communication System (402 – 406 MHz)
Wireless Microphones (25 MHz – 3 GHz)
There are 23 types of mandatory certification products regulated under the energy efficiency framework, and the following are some examples:
Minimum energy performance standards (MEPS)
Ballasts for fluorescent lamps
AS/NZS 4783.2:2002: Performance of electrical lighting equipment—Ballasts for fluorescent lamps—Energy labelling and minimum energy performance standards requirements
AS/NZS 4783.1:2001: Performance of electrical lighting equipment—Ballasts for fluorescent lamps—Method of measurement to determine energy consumption and performance of ballasts lamp circuits
AS/NZS 4776.2:2008: Liquid-chilling packages using the vapour compression cycle—Minimum energy performance standard (MEPS) and compliance requirements
S/NZS 4776.1.1:2008: Liquid-chilling packages using the vapour compression cycle—Method of rating and testing for performance—Rating; and AS/NZS 4776.1.2:2008: Liquid-chilling packages using the vapour compression cycle—Method of rating and testing for performance—Testing
Close control air conditioners
AS/NZS 4965.2:2008: Performance of close control airconditioners—Minimum energy performance standard (MEPS) requirements
AS/NZS 4965.1:2008: Performance of close control airconditioners—Testing for rating
Certification Process And Label
▸ RSM Certification Process
▸ Minimum Energy Efficiency Certification Process
RSM divides regulated products into 6 categories, namely level 1, 2, 3, A1, A2, A3. Level 1, 2, and 3 are applicable to EMC products and a small number of radio products. Level A1, A2, and A3 are applicable to the vast majority of radio products in the New Zealand market. These radio products need to be labeled with "R-NZ" on the product to indicate compliance with the requirements of New Zealand radio standards. The specific certification process is as follows：
Validity period: Optional 1, 2 or 5 years (this validity period is the validity period of registration in the ERAC system)
The products regulated by EECA follow the following certification process, which is consistent with GEMS in Australia: