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Compliance Insights January 2024

The January 2024 updates to standards and regulatory frameworks impacting the design, import or distribution of electrical products in Australia and New Zealand.

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February 26, 2024

New standard/amendment publications 

EN IEC 60335-1:2023 and EN IEC 60335-1:2023/A11:2023

Household and Similar Electrical Appliances – Safety – Part 1: General Requirements
New edition published on Dec. 22, 2023
FYI only

This standard will progressively replace EN 60335-1:2012 and its amendments as EN 60335-2-xx (Part 2) standards are published that refer to the 2023 version of the standard.

This is aligned with a new structuring and naming convention for EN standards developed by CENELEC; the naming of the standard has changed from “EN 60335-1” to “EN IEC 60335-1” and is identical to IEC 60335-1:2020, Ed. 6. European differences (common modifications) are now published in a separate amendment, A11 (EN IEC 60335-1:2023/A11:2023). The main standard, EN IEC 60335-1:2023, and the “/A11:2023” shall always be used together and be considered a single document.

Note that since this standard is based on IEC 60335-1, Ed. 6 (2020), which cannot be applied together with Part 2s unless they are developed on its basis, the same applies to this standard. Therefore, when applying EN IEC 60335-1:2023 together with Part 2s, it can only be applied together with Part 2s that were developed on its basis.

Regulatory changes

CB CTF3 reports for EESS certification

EESS regulators revised their guidance notice on Dec. 20, 2023, to include additional transitional timing in relation to CTF3 reports. 

Until June 30, 2024, certification (including modifications to existing certificates and renewals) can be obtained using CTF3 test reports (subject to usual review for correctness, suitability, details as required, etc.), provided that:

  • The certificate applicant can show they received the test reports prior to Feb. 20, 2024 (being within two months of the revised (v2.0) information bulletin being published); or
  • The certificate applicant can show they had engaged a test facility to conduct the tests prior to Feb. 20, 2024; and 
  • The test reports are submitted with a certification application to a certifier before the transition period ends.


(Note: NSW separately provided a 12-month transition ending Oct. 17, 2024, for certificates issued under their REAS conditions.)

Electrical safety — New Zealand

Clarification to NZ Gazette regarding manufacturer:
Original condition: “The certificate refers to products manufactured by the same manufacturer and assembled from the same types of components and materials, each of which is sourced from a single manufacturer.”
Corrected condition: “The certificate refers to products manufactured by the same manufacturer and assembled from the same types of components and materials” (the text in red in the original condition is deleted).

Electricity (Safety) Regulations — Amendment of Conditions for Deemed Approval of Declared High-Risk Articles Under Regulation 86A Notice 2022 – 2023-au5826 — New Zealand Gazette

Electricity (Safety) Regulations — Amendment of Conditions for Deemed Approval of Declared Medium-Risk Articles Under Regulation 83A Notice 2022 – 2023-au5827 — New Zealand Gazette

Standard/amendment published but pending application

The following standards have an application date within the next six months.

AS/NZS 60320.1:2023

Appliance Couplers for Household and Similar General Purposes – Part 1: General Requirements (IEC 60320-1:2015, Ed. 3.1, MOD)
New edition published on June 30, 2023
Modified adoption of IEC 60320 1, Ed. 3.1

  • Added interconnection coupler, plug connector and appliance outlet to the standard, along with different combination setup; added “interconnection parts” definition.
  • Removed some terminal definitions.
  • Clarification of requirements for non-standardized appliance couplers and considering end-use condition.
  • Part of the requirement of couplers complying with standard sheets is moved from IEC 60320-1 to IEC 60320-3 (including countersunk requirement). 
  • Test samples shall be conditioned for more than 168 hours before testing, and more sets of samples are required for testing (Cl. 5.3, Annex C). 
  • Allowed rated currents to be in ranges with maximum limit of 16 A (instead of set value, e.g., 0.2 A, 2.5 A, 6 A, etc.) (Cl. 6.2).
  • Removed 35°C ambient temperature testing condition (Cl. 9.4, 10.1).
  • Clarified that external parts of appliance outlet and plug connectors are also required to be of insulating material.
  • Some clamping tests for rewireable connectors are removed and directed to the IEC 60999-1 standard (Cl. 12).
  • Non-standardised, non-reversible couplers’ polarisation shall be verified for contact position (Cl. 13.2).
  • Added different insulation resistance limit and test voltage for functional, basic, supplementary and reinforced insulation during insulation resistance and electric strength assessment (Cl. 15).
  • Clarification to total mass calculation during maximum withdrawal force verification (Cl. 16.2).
  • Included non-standardised types during maximum and minimum withdrawal force verification (Cl. 16.2, 16.3).
  • Minor modification to heating test for connectors/plug connectors (not subject to Cl. 23.7 and no need to measure temperature rise — Cl. 18.2).
  • Considered rated current range for breaking capacity and temperature rise requirement, e.g., > 0.2 A to < 10 A, ≥ 10 A, etc. (Cl. 19, 21).
  • Added power factor for normal operation test current (Cl. 20).
  • Updated type of cord reference according to IEC 60245 standard (Cl. 22.1).
  • Added table for list of torque and pull force required for different current rating connectors instead of applying 100 N and 0.25 Nm to all (Cl. 23.6).
  • Impact hammer, ball pressure and tracking test details referenced to relevant standard (Cl. 23.4, 24.1, 27.2).
  • Removed appliance inlet shroud pressure test (old Cl. 23.4, 23.8).
  • Removed one-hour 100°C heat resistance and 100°C pressure test (old Cl. 24.1.1, 24.1.3).
  • Removed nickel plating on pins of appliance inlet in very hot conditions requirement (old Cl. 25.8).
  • Changed clearance, creepage and solid insulation assessment; introduced rated impulse voltage determination closer to AS/NZS 60335 method (Cl. 26.2, 26.3).
  • Added alternative resistance to rusting assessment (Cl. 28).
  • Added accessible surface check that live parts are not coming through (Annex B.4.1).

Date of application: June 30, 2024


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