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Operating an approval scheme 

For electrical articles

Declared electrical articles must be approved prior to being sold in the New South Wales market. The Electricity (Consumer Safety) Act allows for schemes, other than the one administered by Fair Trading and other state and territory electrical regulators, to be recognised by the Minister for Fair Trading.

The Act requires that a person conducting a scheme must be accredited or become accredited within 12 months of the application, as competent to certify electrical articles as complying with relevant Australian Standards by the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand. In addition the person must agree to implement a system for approval and marking of the declared electrical articles and to comply with other conditions as imposed by the Minister.

For clarification of the requirements for a recognised external approval scheme for electrical articles please see Section 15 of the Electricity (Consumer Safety) Act and Part 3 of the Electricity (Consumer Safety) Regulations.

For a list of the conditions that an applicant for the scheme must meet, view or download a copy of the Recognised external approval schemes – conditions (PDF format size: 22kb).

Organisations interested in applying for the scheme should download a copy of the  Application for declaration as a recognised external approval scheme (PDF format size: 97kb).

Completed application forms together with supporting documentation should be posted or emailed to:

Energy and Utilities Unit
PO Box 972 Parramatta NSW 2124
Tel: 02 9895 0720
Email: energyapprovals@finance.nsw.gov.au

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