Recognition

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1 Recognition issues for those with EESS registration

As at 1 March 2013 Queensland applied the EESS, since then Tasmania and Western Australia have also adopted the EESS.

All jurisdictions are working collectively on implementation issues to obtain nationally consistent harmonised electrical equipment safety.

Australian jurisdictions are currently progressing or considering their implementation of the EESS and all jurisdictions are participating in an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) process. The legislation of jurisdictions (other than QLD, TAS and WA) remains unaltered.

New Zealand indicate they will have complementary legislation / processes to the EESS and so it is envisaged recognition issues between EESS registration and New Zealand will be minimal.

As of 1 March 2013 certificates of conformity will be issued by Queensland and any other participating jurisdiction that has implemented the EESS and the RCM, (as applied by a registered responsible supplier in accordance with AS/NZS 4417.1:2012) will be deemed the approval mark.

Certificates of approval issued by an EESS participating jurisdiction that has not yet implemented the EESS, and where such certificates are registered on the national certification database, will be deemed certificates of conformity. A registered responsible supplier of equipment with such certificates who has registered that in-scope electrical equipment will be able to use the RCM in accordance with AS/NZS 4417.1:2012 as the deemed approval mark.

In-scope electrical equipment sold in Queensland and any other participating jurisdiction that has implemented the EESS, which meet the above criteria, will be accepted as meeting the requirements of legislation of Queensland or other participating jurisdiction that has implemented the EESS, relating to certification and marking.

In-scope electrical equipment sold in other participating jurisdictions that have not yet implemented the EESS can meet the current legislative requirements of that jurisdiction until such time as they implement the EESS {prescribed/declared equipment having a certificate and marked with the required approval mark} or meet the requirements as listed above.

After 1 March 2013 the required approval mark of any certificate issued cannot be the RCM unless the RCM is marked in accordance with the relevant standard (which after 1 March 2013 will be AS/NZS 4417.1:2012). The relevant standard, AS/NZS 4417.1:2012, requires a responsible supplier to be registered on the EESS responsible supplier database and the level 3 (prescribed) equipment to be registered by that responsible supplier.

Equipment sold in other participating jurisdictions that is non prescribed/non declared equipment in their current legislation will be permitted to be sold if marked with the RCM if the equipment is marked in accordance with AS/NZS 4417.1:2012.

The RCM is a trade mark owned by regulators and the rules of use of the RCM are as set out in AS/NZS 4417.1. The trade mark owners require the latest current version of AS/NZS 4417.1 to be referred to when applying the rules for use of the RCM. AS/NZS 4417.1:2009 is superseded by AS/NZS 4417.1:2012 on 1 March 2013 and as such, as of that date, AS/NZS 4417.1:2009 is an out of date standard and it is not appropriate to refer to the out of date superseded standard for the rules of use of the RCM. Use of the RCM in circumstances contrary to the latest referenced rules would be in breach of the use of the trade marked RCM.

Certificates issued by NSW regulator on equipment that is level 3 equipment in the EESS can be registered on the national certification database as certificates of conformity. A registered responsible supplier will be able to register level 3 in-scope electrical equipment with such NSW certificates and apply the RCM in accordance with AS/NZS 4417.1:2012.

Certificates issued by NSW REAS on equipment that is level 3 equipment in the EESS that are registered on the national certification database as certificates of conformity. A registered responsible supplier will be able to register level 3 in-scope electrical equipment with such NSW REAS certificates and apply the RCM in accordance with AS/NZS 4417.1:2012 for sale of the equipment in an EESS participating jurisdiction.

 

2 Recognition by NSW of equipment with EESS registration

NSW Fair Trading should be contacted to confirm their recognition arrangements.