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September 2, 2022

New Standard/ Amendment Publications

AS/NZS IEC 60601.2.41:2022

Medical electrical equipment, Part 2.41: Particular requirements for the basic safety and essential performance of surgical luminaires and luminaires for diagnosis
New Edition; Published on 2022-06-22
FYI only

AS/NZS 60601.2.43:2022

Medical electrical equipment, Part 2.43: Particular requirements for the basic safety and essential performance of X-ray equipment for interventional procedures
New Edition; Published on 2022-06-30
FYI only

Draft Standards / Amendments

DR AS/NZS ISO/IEC 27002:2022

Information security, cybersecurity and privacy protection — Information security controls
Identical adoption of ISO/IEC 27002:2022

Closing date for comments: 2022-08-25

DR AS/NZS 60320.1:2022 

Appliance couplers for household and similar general purposes, Part 1: General requirements (IEC 60320-1, Ed 3.1 (2015) MOD)
Modified adoption of IEC 60320 1 Ed. 3.1

  • Multiple editorial changes due to the incorporation of IEC 60320-2-2 (interconnection couplers) into IEC 60320-1 and the relocation of standard sheets into IEC 60320-3,
  • Removed some terminal definition.
  • Test samples shall be conditioned for more than 168 h before testing and clarification of the samples sets 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)
  • Remove 35 °C ambient temperature testing condition (Cl 9.4, 10.1)
  • Clarified that external parts of appliance outlet and plug connectors also required to be of insulating material.
  • Rewireable connector test requirements removed and reference to made directly to IEC 60999-1 for these. (Cl 12)
  • Non-standardised non-reversible couplers’ polarisation shall be verified for contact position. (Cl 13.2)
  • Added different insulation resistance limits and test voltages for functional, basic, supplementary and reinforced insulation during insulation resistance and electric strength assessment. (Cl 15)
  • Clarification to total mass calculation during max. withdrawal force verification. (Cl 16.2)
  • Included non-standardised types during max. and min. withdrawal force verification. (Cl 16.2, 16.3)
  • Rated current range considered for breaking capacity and temperature rise requirement. (e.g. >0.2 A to < 10 A, ≥10 A, etc). (Cl. 19, 21)
  • 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 are referenced to it relevance Standard. (Cl. 23.4, 24.1, 27.2)
  • Removed appliance inlet shroud pressure test. (old Cl 23.4, 23.8) 
  • Removed 1 hr 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 condition requirement. (old Cl. 25.8)
  • Change of clearance, creepage and solid insulation assessment. Introduced rated impulse voltage determination and closer to 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). 

Closing date for comments 2022-09-15


Regulatory Changes

Electrical Safety – New Zealand

WorkSafe NZ have issued 3 gazette notices that will substantially change the recognition arrangements for Australian electrical safety certificates and introduce additional documentation requirements for New Zealand importers.
Notice 2022-au3178  Electricity (Safety) Regulations—Recognition of Australian Legislation in Respect of Approval of Declared Articles Notice 2022
Notice 2022-au3179 Electricity (Safety) Regulations—Conditions for Deemed Approval of Declared Medium Risk Articles under Regulation 83A Notice 2022
Notice 2022-au3180 Electricity (Safety) Regulations—Conditions for Deemed Approval of Declared High Risk Articles under Regulation 86A Notice 2022

From 2023-Jan-01 NZ Suppliers that will be using Australian electrical safety certificates as part of their compliance documentation for NEW Declared Medium Risk Articles or Declared High Risk Articles will need to ensure that they are able to provide copies of the following documentation to WorkSafe NZ;

  • Electrical safety certificate,
  • Electrical safety test reports (typically being the ones used to obtain the electrical safety certificate),
  • EESS registration.

The gazette notices also include the following limitations;

  • All test reports must be less than 5 years old at time of initial certification,
  • Test reports, certificates and EESS registration must include the BRAND and MODEL being sold in New Zealand,
  • Single phase appliances and low voltage fittings having a safety function shall be satisfactorily evaluated at a nominal supply voltage of, or across a range that includes, 230 volts,
  • 3-phase appliances shall be satisfactorily evaluated at a nominal supply voltage of, or across a range that includes, 400 volts,
  • RCDs shall be supported by a certificate and test report(s) that verify its compliance with the limits specified in AS/NZS 3190:2011; and identify and verify the type of RCD ,
  • NZ responsible suppliers completing the EESS product registration shall be a legal person normally resident in New Zealand or a New Zealand registered company having at least one Director permanently and physically resident in New Zealand.

EXISTING products (Brand / Model) already on sale in New Zealand (or in transit or under contract etc) before 2023-Jan-01 can continue to be sold under the current regulatory arrangements.

EMC/RF – New Zealand

RSM has now made the 5925 – 6425 MHz frequency band available for Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) under the Low Power Indoor (LPI) use and the Very Low Power (VLP) Indoor and Outdoor use regimes through the Radiocommunications Regulations (General User Radio License for Short Range Devices) Notice 2022.
It was also clarified that Dynamic Frequency Selection and Transmit Power Control only applies to the 5250 - 5350 MHz frequency band and that the EIRP vertical radiation angle mask only applies to devices above -7 dBW EIRP (200 mW).
Lastly, 57 – 66 GHz band is extended to cover the 57 – 71 GHz band to support a range of technologies including Multi Gigabit Wireless Systems (MGWS) and International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) on a shared technology neutral basis.

WLAN use in the 6 GHz Band: Outcomes and Other Updates (August 2022) | Radio Spectrum Management New Zealand (rsm.govt.nz)
Radiocommunications Regulations (General User Radio Licence for Fixed Radio Link Devices) Notice 2022 - 2022-go3099 - New Zealand Gazette
Radiocommunications Regulations (General User Radio Licence for Fixed Radio Link Devices) Notice 2022 - 2022-go3099 - New Zealand Gazette


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