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Compliance Insights August 2022

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September 2, 2022

New Standard/ Amendment Publications

AS 60095.1:2022

Lead-acid starter batteries - General requirements and methods of test (IEC 60095-1:2018 (ED. 8.0), MOD)
New Edition; Published on 2022-08-19
Supersedes AS 2149-2003
Modified adoption of IEC 60095 1:2018
FYI only

AS 60095.6:2022

Lead-acid starter batteries - Batteries for micro-cycle applications (IEC 60095-6:2019 (ED. 1.0), MOD)
New Edition; Published on 2022-08-19
Modified adoption of IEC 60095-6: 2019
FYI only

AS IEC 60622:2022

Secondary cells and batteries containing alkaline and other non-acid electrolytes - Sealed nickel-cadmium prismatic rechargeable single cells
New Edition; Published on 2022-08-19
Supersedes AS 3731.2-1995
Identical adoption of IEC 60622:2002
FYI only

AS IEC 60623:2022

Secondary cells and batteries containing alkaline and other non-acid electrolytes - Vented nickel-cadmium prismatic rechargeable single cells
New Edition; Published on 2022-08-19
Supersedes AS 3731.1-1995
Identical adoption of IEC 60623:2017
FYI only

AS/NZS 2442.2:2021 Amendment 3

Performance of household electrical appliances - Rotary clothes dryers Part 2: Energy efficiency labelling requirements 
Amendment 3; Published on 2022-08-26

  • Correction to Figure 5.1  (Energy Star Rating Label)

Date of application: 2022-08-26


New IEC/EN Standard/ Amendment Publications

IEC 60598-2-18:2022

Luminaires - Part 2-18: Particular requirements - Luminaires for swimming pools and similar applications
New Edition; 2022-08-17
FYI only

IEC 61855:2022

Household and similar use electrical hair care appliances - Methods for measuring the performance
New Edition; 2022-08-12
FYI only


Draft Standards / Amendments

DR AS 4629.1:2022

Automatically operated valves for use with gas
Part 1: Shut-off valves
FYI only

Closing date for comments 2022-10-04

DR AS 5347:2022

Button/coin batteries and consumer goods that use button/coin batteries
This draft standard consolidates many of the requirements outlined in the ACCC Mandatory Standards for Button Batteries into a single standard and adds additional clarifications.

Closing date for comments 2022-10-12


Regulatory Changes

Energy Efficiency - Australia 

The GEMS regulator recently published their market surveillance report and “stage 2” prioritisation plans. 
Market Surveillance - https://www.energyrating.gov.au/document/report-market-surveillance-results-2021-22
State 2 Prioritisation Plan - https://www.energyrating.gov.au/document/equipment-energy-efficiency-e3-prioritisation-plan-stage-2-report


Standard/ Amendment Published but Pending Application

The following standards have an application date within the next 6 months

AS/NZS 3122:2021

Approval and test specification - Socket-outlet adaptors
New Edition; Published on 2021-11-19

  • Additional prohibited features for socket-outlet adaptor that have more than one integral plug portion (4).
  • Safety extra-low voltage outputs require to comply with safety Standard and the segregation of internal wiring clause of AS/NZS 3100 (5). 
  • Terminals, internal connections, pins and contacts metal material classification clarified (8.1, 9.1).
  • Removed reference of AS/NZS 60884.1 Standard.
  • Clarification to two means of cord grips cord of anchorage (11.2).
  • Radio interference suppression devices compliance requirement referenced to AS/NZS 3100 instead of IEC 60384-14 (19). 
  • Clarification to Appendix A Socket portion requirements. Also added Figure A.1 with examples of acceptable and unacceptable conjoining of apertures and additional warning statement for overloading current.

Date of application: 19 November 2022

AS 3133:2020

Approval and test specification - Air-break switches
New edition; Published on 27 November 2020
Supersedes AS/NZS 3133:2013

  • New requirement for Self ballasted lamp load rating introduced. Testing requirement as per AS/NZS 60669.1:2020  (electronic switches)

Date of application: 27 November 2022

AS/NZS 60335.2.31:2020

Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2.31: Particular requirements for range hoods and other cooking fume extractors
New edition; Published on 27 November 2020
Supersedes AS/NZS 60335.2.31:2013

  • A warning regarding preventing backflow of combustion gases / carbon monoxide poisoning to be included the instructions for use (7.12).
  • The minimum distance between supporting surface for cooking vessels and lower part of the range hood specified in the instruction manual shall be at least 60 cm instead of 65 cm previously with provision for < 60 cm in some scenarios (7.12.1) 

Date of application: 27 November 2022

AS/NZS 60335.2.90:2017 Amendment 1

Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Particular requirements for commercial microwave ovens
Amendment 1; Published on 27 November 2020
Identical adoption of Amendment 1 to IEC 60335-2-90:2015 Ed 4.

  • Clarification for normal operation that the last cycle excluded 1 minute rest period (11). 
  • Clarifies that winding temperature rise during abnormal conditions is measured “during the tests”  (19.13). 
  • Added alternative measurement method during abnormal operation if microwave leakage exceeds 100 W/m2 – (19.101);
  • Additional requirement that interlock switch operated by detachable part should not cause accidental operation (22.117)
  • Additional requirement for simultaneous activation of heating elements and motors. (22.121, Annex R);

Date of application: 27 November 2022

AS/NZS 60335.2.97:2017 Amendment 1

Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Particular requirements for drives for shutters, awnings, blinds and similar equipment
Amendment 1; Published on 27 November 2020
Identical adoption of Amendment 1 to IEC 60335-2-97:2016 Ed 3

  • Added requirement for markings to be included in the instructions (7.15) – allowance for tubular drive marking to be concealed after installation.
  • Added allowance for Trademark and model name can be retrieved from label barcode, which should be visible on appliance after installation (7.15)
  • Clarified requirements for mechanical safety tests (clause 20.101 – 20.104) during protective electronic circuit (PEC) fault testing. The drive part must also stop at safe position during these tests or the drive change to biased-off switch mode of operation. (19.13)
  • The force shall not exceed 250 N for first 2 seconds during the obstacle test. (20.104)
  • Added relaxations for class III appliance supply cords (25.8, 25.15)

Date of application: 27 November 2022

AS/NZS 60335.2.103:2016 Amendment 2

Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Particular requirements for drives for gates, doors and windows
Amendment 2; Published on 27 November 2020
Identical adoption of Amendment 2 to IEC 60335-2-103:2015 Ed 3

  • Revision to instruction requirements to separate between “substance of” items and more general information (7.12);
  • Added requirement for markings to be included in the instructions (7.15)
  • Added allowance for Trademark and model name can be retrieved from label barcode, which should be visible on appliance after installation (7.15)
  • Clarification to operating time and cycles for drives not for continuous operation and added operating time/ cycles for drives rated in cycles per hour (11.7).
  • Clarified requirements for mechanical safety tests during fault testing. The drive must continue to fulfil the requirements or it must also stop at safe position during these test or the drive change to biased-off switch mode of operation. (19.13). 
  • Additional requirement for class III appliance supply cord. (25.8, 25.15)

Date of application: 27 November 2022

AS/NZS 60335.2.105:2017 Amendment 1

Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Particular requirements for multifunctional shower cabinets
Amendment 1; Published on 27 November 2020
Identical adoption of Amendment 1 to IEC 60335-2-105:2016 Ed 2

  • Additional requirement for simultaneous activation of heating elements and motors. (22.103, Annex R);

Date of application: 27 November 2022

AS/NZS 60669.1:2020

Switches for household and similar fixed electrical installations - Part 1: General requirements
New edition; Published on 25 September 2020
Supersedes AS 8124.4-2003 (R2013)
Modified adoption of IEC 60669-1:2017+COR1:2020 ed.4.0

  • AU/NZ national differences - added non detachable part test including covers, cover plates and actuating parts (5.101 and Appendix ZA),
  • Number of specimens to be used for the tests are clearly given in Table 1 (5) and was clarified on which switches the tests of Clause 19 shall be carried out,
  • Included requirements concerning 13 A switches,
  • Added mandatory indication that a terminal is suitable for rigid conductor only,
  • Included requirements and test conditions for flexible conductors (12),
  • Included requirements for pilot light units,
  • Added new tests for self-ballasted lamp loads (19.3),
  • Creepage and clearance limit table updated to cover normal, mini and micro-gap switches. (Table 23),
  • Informative Annex B added to provide information for changes planned for the future in order to align IEC 60669-1 with the requirements of IEC 60998 (all parts), IEC 60999 (all parts) and IEC 60228,
  • Added new informative Annex C about the circuit development for 19.3 (self-ballasted lamp loads),
  • Added new informative Annex D for additional requirements for insulation-piercing terminals,
  • Added new informative Annex E for additional requirements and tests for switches intended to be used at a temperature lower than −5 °C.

Date of application: 25 September 2022