The requirements to sell electrical equipment in Queensland changed on 1 March 2013 with the introduction of a new Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS) and changes to the Electrical Safety Act and the Electricity Safety Regulation 2002.
The EESS changes the requirements for businesses that import, on-shore manufacture or sell in-scope electrical equipment.
All in-scope electrical equipment sold in Queensland must be linked to a registered responsible supplier prior to sale. In-scope equipment is broken into 3 categories (Level 3, Level 2, and Level 1). If it is Level 2 or Level 3 equipment it must also registered on the national database. Level 3 equipment must also hold a Certificate of Conformity.
To assist on-shore manufacturers, importers and suppliers during the changeover to the new system, transitional arrangements will be in place.
Manufacturers and Importers
- Importers and on-shore manufacturers will need to register as responsible suppliers before 1 September 2013 and register certain equipment they sell.
- The Regulatory Compliance Mark to be applied to electrical equipment has a three year phase in period for responsible suppliers and five years for subsequent sellers.
Retailers, wholesalers, internet sellers, auction or market sellers are required to ensure the products they supply are electrically safe and meet the relevant standards. Sellers of new in-scope electrical equipment must also ensure that their products are linked to a registered responsible supplier.
There are still safety requirements for electrical equipment that is not in-scope.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
You require an appropriately accredited compliant test report to the relevant Australian Standard.
This registration cannot be ransferred.
Registration must be renewed annually.
You should apply using the online application system available through the ESO website.
The application is assessed by a technical officer, who may request more information as required to establish the electrical safety of a product design.
Further information on the following is available from the electrical safety website.
The legislation requires all responsible suppliers selling in-scope electrical equipment into participating jurisdictions to be registered on the national database.
The database records the registration details of responsible suppliers of in-scope electrical equipment in Australia and New Zealand, and registered equipment types.
In-scope electrical equipment
Low voltage electrical equipment that is rated at: Greater than 50V AC RMS or 120V ripple-free DC (extra-low voltage) and Less than 1000V AC RMS or 1500V ripple-free DC (high voltage), and is designed, or marketed as suitable for household, personal or similar use. If the regulator claims that the item is in-scope electrical equipment it will be taken that way unless the Responsible Supplier or the manufacturer can prove the contrary as true.
The ESO can issue Certificates of Conformity or Certificates of Suitability for electrical equipment where an application is made with supporting evidence and fees.
Equipment not in-scope
For electrical equipment that is not in-scope there is still an obligation that all electrical equipment manufactured, imported and sold must be electrically safe, and generally would be required to show compliance with 'AS/NZS3820 Essential safety requirements for electrical equipment'.
Marking of in-scope electrical equipment
The new Electrical Equipment Safety System has changed the marking requirements to a single Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM).
Equipment safety rules
The Rules are developed to ensure a uniform understanding of the EESS, its processes and requirements, and give guidance to industry on how to comply with the EESS and ensure electrical equipment is certified in a consistent manner.
Queensland electrical equipment certification
Prior to offering Level 3 electrical equipment for sale/supply in Queensland, a Certificate of Conformity must be issued.
Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC)
Information on risk classifications, equipment safety rules and information on how to register on the Electrical Regulators Authorities Council (ERAC) national database can be found at ERAC website.
Electrical Safety Act 2002 (Queensland)
Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 (Queensland)
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