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Compliance Insights October 2022

The October 2022 updates to standards and regulatory frameworks impacting the design, import or distribution of electrical products in Australia and New Zealand.

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December 12, 2022

New Standard/Amendment Publications

AS/NZS 5601.1:2022

Gas installations—Part 1: General installations
New Edition; Published on Sept. 30, 2022
Supersedes AS/NZS 5601.1:2013
FYI only

AS/NZS 61000.6.2:2022

Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) Part 6.2: Generic standards — Immunity standard for industrial environments (IEC 61000-6-2:2016 RLV (ED. 3.0) MOD)
New Edition; Published on July 20, 2022
FYI only

AS/NZS 62560:2017 Amendment 2

Self-ballasted LED-lamps for general lighting services by voltage > 50 V - Safety specifications
Amendment 2; Published on July 20, 2022

  • Adopts IEC COR 1:2015 which is a correction to replace the title of Figure 6 from “Lamp not suitable for use under dust and moisture” to “Lamp not suitable for use under moisture” (word “dust and” removed).

Applicable upon publication

Draft Standards/Amendments

DR AS 5263.0

Gas Appliances; Part 0: General Requirements
FYI only

Closing date for comments Dec. 15, 2022

DR AS IEC 60038

Standard voltages
Identical adoption of IEC 60038:2009+AMD1:2021
FYI only

Closing date for comments 2022-11-23

DR AS 62368.3

Audio/Video, information and communication technology equipment - Part 3: Safety aspects for DC power transfer through communication cables and ports

Modified adoption of IEC 623683:2017 ed.1

  • Power over Ethernet (PoE) devices complying with limited power source requirements of Annex Q of AS/NZS 62368.1 are excluded from the scope of AS 62368.3.
  • Maximum voltage and current parameters from AS/CA S008 or AS 11801.1 added to scope of DC power transfer interconnection to building wiring (clause 5.3.1).
  • Compliance during the evaluation of the requirement for the PSE (clause 5.4.1) is verified 3 seconds after the single fault condition is introduced.

Closing date for comments 2022-11-23

New IEC Standard/ Amendment Publications

IEC 60335-2-3:2022 Edition 7.0

Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-3: Particular requirements for electric irons
New Edition; Published on Oct. 12, 2022

  • Alignment with IEC 60335-1:2020.
  • Scope includes battery-operated appliances.
  • Clarified that this Standard does not apply to ironing boards.
  • Some requirements relating to appliances for animal grooming have been modified (6.1, 25.7).
  • Added warning statement that iron must not be stored until it has cooled. (7.12).
  • Addition of external accessible surface temperature limits (3.6.103, 11.3, 11.8).
  • Clarification regarding most unfavorable condition for operation and stability. (11, 20.1).
  • Additional assessment for surfaces likely to be contacted when gripping a handle (22.13).
  • Clarified that handheld appliance and electric iron cannot be excluded from 750 glow wire test. (30.2, 30.2.2).

IEC 60335-2-8:2022 Edition 7.0

Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-8: Particular requirements for shavers, hair clippers and similar appliances.
New Edition; Published on Oct. 18, 2022

  • Alignment with IEC 60335-1:2020.
  • Scope includes battery-operated appliances.
  • Clarify that this Standard does not apply to beauty care appliance with lasers (IEC 60335-2-113) and skin beauty care appliances (IEC 60335-2-115).
  • Added clarification to battery-operated appliance requirements (Annex B).
  • Clarified that other means of appliance-holders used should be of negligible effect on normal operation (3.1.9).
  • Replaced “transformers with pins” with “detachable power supply parts” and required to meet IPX4. (6.2).
  • Addition of requirements for detachable power supply parts (6.2, 21.102, 21.103, 24.2).
  • Instructions relating to hot blades on animal shearers and commercial animal clippers can be waived if handles held for short period did not exceed temperature rise limit in Cl. 11 normal operation (7.12).
  • Clarified that test probe 18 (baby finger) is not applicable to animal shearers and commercial use hair clippers and animal clippers. (8.1.1, 20.2).
  • Additional enclosure crushing and dropping assessment for detachable power supply part (21.102, 21.103).
  • Clarification and consolidation of handheld parts insulation class requirements (22.26, 22.36).
  • Allowance of detachable power supply part in a flexible cord (24.2).
  • Clarification that class III interconnection cords are not required to comply with supply cord requirements except 25.7 cord length requirement (25.23).

IEC 60335-2-16:2022 Edition 6.0

Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-16: Particular requirements for food waste disposers.
New Edition; Published on Oct 12, 2022

  • Alignment with IEC 60335-1:2020.
  • Scope includes battery-operated appliances.
  • Food waste disposers shall be at least IPX1. (6.1)
  • Addition of temperature rise limits for accessible surface (Clause 11).
  • Clarification regarding spillage solution during spillage test. (15.2).
  • Protective device shall not be self-resetting and shall be trip free. (22.10).

IEC 60335-2-17:2022 Edition 4.0

Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-17: Particular requirements for blankets, pads, clothing and similar flexible heating appliances
New Edition; Published on Oct. 12, 2022

  • Alignment with IEC 60335-1:2020.
  • Scope includes battery-operated appliances.
  • Excluded heated carpet (IEC 60335-2-106).
  • Clarification to control unit definition (3.6.105).
  • Clarification to power adjustment for appliance, other than controlled appliances, when operation at rated power input times a factor is specified (5.12).
  • During abnormal folding operations, blankets that cannot be folded with five thicknesses shall be assessed to Cl. 19.108 instead of “tested as mattress”. (19.101).
  • Additional compliance criteria during mechanical strength test that the flexible part shall not show breakage of electrodes (21.1).
  • Added rigidity index test for mattresses (Annex DD). Different pulley diameter is used for PTC characteristic heating element integrated in flexible part of mattresses having rigidity index ≥ 25 Nm (21.111.1).
  • Added winding method for heating elements with a non-circular construction during insulation mandrel heating test (21.111.3).
  • Additional requirement to protect the user from overheating in the event of an interruption in the mains supply (22.111).
  • Included pressure test method details instead of making reference to Cl. 24.1.3 of IEC 60320-1:2001 (30.1).
  • Compliance criteria for flexible part ignition resistance test changed from average time of 12 ignition recordings on 6 samples reaching the inner edge of mask shall be > 80 seconds to > 120 seconds on all 3 samples (30.101.1).
  • Change of positioning and placement of heating element insulation or electro-conductive textiles and internal wiring during needle flame test and to be repeated on 2 additional samples (30.102).

IEC 60335-2-21:2022 Edition 7.0

Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-21: Particular requirements for storage water heaters
New Edition; Published on Oct. 18, 2022

  • Alignment with IEC 60335-1:2020.
  • Scope includes battery-operated appliances.
  • Clarifies that holes that do not meet the drainage size requirement is considered blocked during hose rupture or seal leak test (22.6).
  • Additional requirement that appliance having capacity > 5 L or rated current > 16 A shall not incorporate appliance inlets (25.1).

IEC 60335-2-54:2022 Edition 5.0

Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-54: Particular requirements for surface-cleaning appliances for household use employing liquids or steam
New Edition; Published on Oct. 12, 2022

  • Alignment with IEC 60335-1:2020.
  • Scope includes battery-operated appliances.
  • Addition of temperature rise limit and warning requirement for external accessible surface (3.6.102, 3.6.103, 7.1, 11.3, 11.8)
  • Clarification that handheld appliance (e.g., steam mop) supported by floor is excluded from stability test unless it has integral rest/ charging stand. (20.1).
  • Clarifies that holes that do not meet the drainage size requirement is considered blocked during hose rupture or seal leak test. (22.6).

IEC 60335-2-85:2022 Edition 3.0

Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-85: Particular requirements for fabric steamers
New Edition; Published on Oct. 12, 2022

  • Alignment with IEC 60335-1:2020.
  • Scope includes battery-operated appliances.
  • Exclude surface cleaning appliance employing liquids or steam from this Standard (IEC 60335-2-54).
  • Added definition for vented fabric steamer, instantaneous fabric steamer and pressurized fabric steamer.
  • Clarify that fabric steamer is tested as heating appliance even if it incorporates a motor. (5.101).
  • Additional warning statement regarding pressure during use and that appliance shall not be used after being dropped. (7.12).
  • Added operating cycle details for instantaneous fabric steamer. (11.7).
  • Clarification to temperature rise limit for accessible surface of hose or handles requirement. (11.8).
  • Added Cl. 19.4 abnormal operation with pressure limit control by-passed and Cl. 22.7 pressure test with pressure regulating devices and protective devices rendered inoperative are for pressurized fabric steamer. Cl. 22.7 Pressure test is also considered instantaneous fabric steam with all vents in nozzle sealed.
  • Clarification to the manner of safe release of pressure. (22.101).
  • Pressurized fabric steamer’s pressure limiting protective device operated in 19.4 and 22.7 shall have an inlet aperture > 5 mm diameter or 20 mm2.
  • Each boiler of pressurized fabric steamer shall have a pressure limiting protective device. (22.105).

IEC 60335-2-114:2022 Edition 2.0

Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-114: Particular requirements for Personal-e-Transporters
New Edition; Published on Oct. 14, 2022

  • Change of title of the standard to reflect the expanded scope and personal e-transporter definition. Variety of Personal e-Transporters includes self-balancing transport devices with or without a seat (also known as hover boards), electric scooters without a seat including scooters with detachable seats, and electric mono-wheels with or without a seat, electric skateboards.
  • This Standard excludes electric mopeds with a seat, electric bicycles, electric motorcycles, devices used by disabled people (e.g electric wheelchair) and hybrid power device.  
  • Alignment with IEC 60335-1:2020. (Some requirements were removed because they were included/replaced in part 1 Standard – 11.7, 19.13, 19.102, 19.103, 21.105, 22.46, 22.101, 22.102, 24.101).
  • Added definition for functional part and it not required to be class III construction.
  • Removed some Li-ion batteries instruction statement (7.12).
  • Introduction of test probe 19 of IEC 61032 (baby finger) (8.1.1, 20.2, B.22.3, B.22.4).
  • Introduction of UV testing for markings on Personal e-Transporters for shared use in a public space (7.14).

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 Nov. 19, 2021

  • Additional prohibited features for socket-outlet adaptor that have more than one integral plug portion (cl 4).
  • Safety extra-low voltage outputs require to comply with safety Standard and the segregation of internal wiring clause of AS/NZS 3100 (cl 5).
  • Terminals, internal connections, pins and contacts metal material classification clarified (cl 8.1, 9.1).
  • Removed reference of AS/NZS 60884.1 Standard.
  • Clarification to two means of cord grips cord of anchorage (Cl 11.2).
  • Radio interference suppression devices compliance requirement referenced to AS/NZS 3100 instead of IEC 60384-14 (Cl 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.
  • If AS/NZS 3112 is revised, users should refer to the AS/NZS 3112 figure titled “Dimensions of plugs”.

Date of application: Nov. 19, 2021

AS 3133:2020

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

  • New requirement for Self-ballasted lamp load rating introduced. Testing requirement will be same as those in AS/NZS 60669.1:2020 (electronic switches).

Date of application: Nov. 27, 2020

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 Nov. 27, 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 (cl 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 (cl 7.12.1).

Date of application: Nov. 27, 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 Nov. 27, 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 (cl 11).
  • Clarifies that winding temperature rise during abnormal conditions is measured “during the tests” (cl 19.13).
  • Added alternative measurement method during abnormal operation if microwave leakage exceeds 100 W/m2 – (Cl 19.101).
  • Additional requirement that interlock switch operated by detachable part should not cause accidental operation (cl 22.117).
  • Additional requirement for simultaneous activation of heating elements and motors. (Cl 22.121, Annex R).

Date of application: Nov. 27, 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 Nov. 27, 20202

Identical adoption of Amendment 1 to IEC 60335-2-97:2016 Ed 3

  • Added requirement for markings to be included in the instructions (cl 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 (cl 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. (cl 19.13) .
  • The force shall not exceed 250 N for first 2 seconds during the obstacle test. (cl 20.104) .
  • Added relaxations for class III appliance supply cords (cl 25.8, 25.15) .

Date of application: Nov. 27, 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 Nov. 27, 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 (cl 7.15) .
  • Added allowance for Trademark and model name can be retrieved from label barcode, which should be visible on appliance after installation (cl 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 (cl 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 tests or the drive change to biased-off switch mode of operation. (cl 19.13).
  • Additional requirement for class III appliance supply cord. (cl 25.8, 25.15).

Date of application: Nov. 27, 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 Nov. 27, 2022

Identical adoption of Amendment 1 to IEC 60335-2-105:2016 Ed 2

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

Date of application: Nov. 27, 2022