Compact RCBO’s – DIN rail mounted

A reminder that time is running out for those of you who sell compact RCBO’s into Victoria. A prohibition notice is issued effective 1st July 2018 to prohibit the sale of RCBO’s that have not been tested and registered to prove they meet the additional testing requirements imposed by Energy Safe Victoria. These additional requirements.. read more →

06 Oct 2017
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New Declared Articles on the Horizon

Do you import or market any of the following products? 1. Electric Hot Water Bottles 2. D.C. (Solar) Isolators 3. Hot Melt Glue Guns 4. LED light bulbs 5. Plug-in Night Lights 6. Electric Over Blankets / Wraps If you do now, or are intending to import and market these products, be aware that from.. read more →

06 Oct 2017
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Production Checks

We are seeing an increasing trend of production components being changed by the factory with no approval to do so. In some cases, critical components have been substituted with lesser quality making the approval status of the product null and void. Avoid costly recalls by ensuring that you check production batches against a known quality.. read more →

06 Oct 2017
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Are your Instruction Manuals “on the net” yet?

A new requirement comes into effect on 30th June 2019 where the standard requires instruction/owner’s manuals to also “be available in an alternative format such as on a website or on request from the user in a format such as a DVD.” QEC Global recommends that you should make a move on your next website.. read more →

06 Oct 2017
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QLD Electrical Safety Office (ESO) no longer issues certificates

History is being made in Queensland where the Electrical Safety Office has announced that it will no longer be issuing approval certificates or renewing certificates already issued. They have told QEC Global that they will continue to renew the small accessory certificates for items such as supply cords and plugs, but not for larger equipment… read more →

29 Jun 2017
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Building Cable is now a Declared Article

You may remember the recent recalls of substantial amounts of wiring installed by electricians that did not meet the standard? Due mainly to poor materials selection during manufacture and not providing the longevity this cable should provide. As of 29th January 2018, single core and multicore electrical cable insulated with polymeric materials (see declaring definitions.. read more →

29 Jun 2017
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Varistors (MOV’s) – New design rules

The surge protection device formerly known as MOV (Metal Oxide Varistor) has had a third iteration of amendments in standard AS/NZS 3100. The latest changes are at Draft postal ballot comment level (DR 17901 CP) and the version seems to make sense and give good direction to both designers and test labs. The proposal to.. read more →

29 Jun 2017
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Recalls Vs Production Checks

Production Checks – Once again we would like to highlight the importance of production checks. It has been shown that the recalls we have assisted client’s with in recent times nearly always stem from the manufacturer changing the approved design of the appliance. You must always ensure that the production batches are made using the.. read more →

16 Jun 2017
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New Compact RCBO rules for Victoria

Circuit Breakers – Extra tests required to sell in Victoria The Victorian Director of Energy Safety has published a Prohibition of Supply of Electrical Equipment effective 1st July 2018. This covers “Compact RCBO’s. These “safety switches” are generally found on your switchboard. It has been found that when wired in the reverse direction to normal,.. read more →

16 Jun 2017
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Are you Registered?

EESS registrations by Responsible Suppliers. If you import and first sell “in-scope” electrical equipment in Australia then you are defined as a “responsible supplier”. You have a responsibility to register your company details on the ERAC website, and also to upload details of your Level 3 (declared articles) and Level 1 (non-declared) articles. The equipment.. read more →

16 Jun 2017
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