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Compliance Insights September 2022

The September 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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October 21, 2022

New standard/amendment publications

AS/NZS 3019:2022

Electrical Installations — Periodic Assessment
New edition published on Sept. 9, 2022
FYI only

AS/NZS 60335.1:2022 correction

Household and Similar Electrical Appliances — Safety — Part 1: General Requirements (IEC 60335-1, Ed. 6, MOD)
Published on Sept. 9, 2022

  • Minor typographical corrections for clarification:
  • Clause 6.1 classification: “replace the requirement…” revised to “replace the first paragraph of the requirement…”    
  • Clause 25.1: “AS/NZS 3112, household appliances…” revised to “AS/NZS 3112, for household appliances…”

Applicable on publication

Draft standards/amendments

DR AS 62052.11

Electricity Metering Equipment (ac) — General Requirements, Tests and Test Conditions Metering Equipment
FYI only
Closing date for comments: Nov. 16, 2022


As advised in the July 2022 update, WorkSafe NZ recently issued a series of notices in the NZ Gazette introducing conditions for the recognition of Australian electrical safety certificates in New Zealand. The notices include exemptions for products that are in New Zealand, are in transit or were ordered before Jan. 1, 2023.

Each product imported into New Zealand after this date, including new shipments of existing models that were already in the market before Jan. 1, 2023, will be subject to the recognition conditions, including the requirement to mark a certification approval number on the product itself.

The relevant certification body can verify some of the conditions, such as the age of the test report, at the time of certification. Other conditions, such as product marking and EESS registration by NZ-based companies, cannot, as these activities take place after a certificate is issued.

Before WorkSafe NZ issues the certificate, the product must meet the following conditions of recognition;

  • The product is classified as EESS risk level 3.
  • Single-phase appliances (and fittings with a safety function) are marked with an input rating of 230 volts or input rating range that includes 230 volts.
  • Three-phase appliances (and fittings with a safety function) are marked with an input rating of 400 volts or input rating range that includes 400 volts.
  • All products have been satisfactorily evaluated across a range that includes 230 volts or 400 volts (as applicable).
  • All test reports used for certification were issued fewer than five years prior.
  • The test reports addressed all New Zealand national differences.
  • Test reports include product marking, rating plate and name plate details of the certified product.
  • Test reports that include multiple models include evaluations of all aspects of compliance for each model.
  • The test report and certificates (separate reports and certificates required where multiple manufacturing sites are used) cover only a single manufacturer (place of final assembly).
  • If the product is a residual-current device (RCD), the type is identified in the test report (including whether the RCD is a Type FS) and compliance with the limits specified in AS/NZS 3190:2011 is verified.

If all of the above conditions are met, the Australian electrical safety certificate could include some additional wording confirming that relevant NZ conditions have been verified.

After WorkSafe NZ issues the certificate, the product must meet the following conditions of recognition:

  • The New Zealand importer completes EESS product registration.
  • The New Zealand importer must be a New Zealand registered company with at least one director residing in New Zealand (or be a legal person normally residing in New Zealand).
  • The brand name/trade name marked on the product must match the EESS product registration information.
  • The model number/model name marked on the product must match the EESS product registration information.
  • The product must be marked with the approval number indicated on the certificate.

This affects all products classed as “Declared High-Risk Articles” in New Zealand (refer to list below).

While the notices also include conditions for the recognition of Australian electrical safety certificates when used for “Declared Medium-Risk Articles,” it is worth noting that the option of signing a Supplier Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) on the basis of a suitable test report remains unchanged as a pathway for compliance of “Declared Medium-Risk Articles” with the New Zealand Electricity (Safety) Regulations of 2010 (refer to regulation 83).

Note: We are aware that there are ongoing discussions between WorkSafe NZ and industry regarding revising these notices. Therefore, the information presented here reflects our understanding of the notices as they are currently published. We will continue to monitor this area and provide further updates if anything changes.

List of “Declared High-Risk Articles”

  • Appliance connectors
  • Arc welding machines
  • Lampholder adapters
  • Blankets
  • Bread toasters
  • Clothes dryers
  • Cooking appliances — portable type
  • Cord extension sockets
  • Cord-line switches
  • Decorative lighting outfits
  • Dishwashing machines
  • Fans
  • Fence energizers
  • Flexible heating pads
  • Hair care appliances
  • Immersion heaters
  • Insect electrocutors
  • Inspection handlamps
  • Kitchen machines
  • Lawn care appliances
  • Liquid heating appliances
  • Luminaires — portable type
  • Massage appliances
  • Microwave ovens
  • Miniature overcurrent circuit breakers
  • Outlet devices
  • Plugs
  • Power supplies or chargers
  • Residual current devices
  • Room heaters
  • Socket-outlets
  • Soldering irons
  • Supply flexible cords
  • Swimming pool or spa equipment
  • Tools — portable type
  • Wall switches
  • Washing machines
  • Water heaters

(Refer to WorkSafe website: Highrisk product list | WorkSafe)

Links to Notices
Electricity (Safety) Regulations — Conditions for Deemed Approval of Declared High-Risk Articles Under Regulation 86A Notice 2022 — 2022-au3180 — New Zealand Gazette
Electricity (Safety) Regulations — Conditions for Deemed Approval of Declared Medium-Risk Articles Under Regulation 83A Notice 2022 — 2022-au3179 — New Zealand Gazette

Standards/amendments published but pending application

The following standards have an application date within the next six 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 adapters that have more than one integral plug portion (Clause 4)
  • Safety extra-low voltage outputs required to comply with safety standard and the segregation of internal wiring clause of AS/NZS 3100 (Clause 5)
  • Terminals, internal connections, pins and contacts metal material classification clarified (Clause 8.1, 9.1)
  • Removed reference to AS/NZS 60884.1 standard
  • Clarification on two means of cord grips cord of anchorage (Clause 11.2)
  • Radio interference suppression devices compliance requirement refers to AS/NZS 3100 instead of IEC 60384-14 (Clause 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, 2022

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 the same as those in AS/NZS 60669.1:2020 (electronic switches)

Date of application: Nov. 27, 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 Nov. 27, 2020

Supersedes AS/NZS 60335.2.31:2013

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

Date of application: Nov. 27, 2022

AS/NZS 60335.2.90:2017 Amendment 1

Household and Similar Electrical Appliances — Safety, Part 2:90: 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 a one-minute rest period (Clause 11)
  • Clarifies that winding temperature rise during abnormal conditions is measured during the tests (Clause 19.13)
  • Added alternative measurement method during abnormal operation if microwave leakage exceeds 100 W/m2 (Clause 19.101)
  • Additional requirement that interlock switches operated by detachable parts should not cause accidental operation (Clause 22.117)
  • Additional requirement for simultaneous activation of heating elements and motors (Clause 22.121, Annex R)

Date of application: Nov. 27, 2022

AS/NZS 60335.2.97:2017 Amendment 1

Household and Similar Electrical Appliances — Safety — Part 2.97: Particular Requirements for Drives for Shutters, Awnings, Blinds and Similar Equipment
Amendment 1 published on Nov. 27, 2020

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

  • Added requirement for markings to be included in the instructions (Clause 7.15) — allowance for tubular drive marking to be concealed after installation
  • Added allowance for trademark and model name to be retrieved from label barcode, which should be visible on appliance after installation (Clause 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 a safe position during these tests, or the drive must change to biased-off switch mode of operation (Clause 19.13)
  • The force shall not exceed 250 N for the first two seconds during the obstacle test (Clause 20.104).
  • Added relaxations for Class III appliance supply cords (Clause 25.8, 25.15)

Date of application: Nov. 27, 2022

AS/NZS 60335.2.103:2016 Amendment 2

Household and Similar Electrical Appliances — Safety — Part 2.103: Particular Requirements for Drives for Gates, Doors and Window
Amendment 2 published on Nov. 27, 2020

Identical adoption of Amendment 2 to IEC 60335-2-103:2015 Ed. 3

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

Date of application: Nov. 27, 2022

AS/NZS 60335.2.105:2017 Amendment 1

Household and Similar Electrical Appliances — Safety, Part 2.105: Particular Requirements for Multifunctional Shower Cabinets
Amendment 1 published on Nov. 27, 2020

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

Additional requirement for simultaneous activation of heating elements and motors (Clause 22.103, Annex R)
Date of application: Nov. 27, 2022