The EESS is a regulatory framework aimed at increasing consumer safety when interacting with household electrical equipment (In-Scope electrical equipment). The EESS outlines the safety requirements for registration of Responsible Suppliers and equipment in a centralised national database (National Register).
The EESS stipulates three levels of equipment types with different registration and certification requirements for each level, based upon the assessed risk of that equipment type. The EESS has a registration database for Responsible Supplier registration and equipment registrations, and also has public search facility for certain information relating to household electrical equipment.
The EESS has the following features in relation to “in-scope electrical equipment”:
It is intended to create nationally consistent electrical equipment safety legislation throughout Australia that will increase consumer safety.
Imposes a classification of household, personal and similar electrical equipment into three levels of risk (Level 3, Level 2 and Level 1) with different pre-sale requirements for each level.
Requires registration of Responsible Suppliers who are local manufacturers or importers of in-scope electrical equipment. The Responsible Supplier must be a legal entity in Australia and is responsible ensuring the safety of the electrical equipment sold onto the Australian market.
Supports a publicly accessible database where Responsible Suppliers must be registered prior to equipment being offered for sale. This allows higher risk equipment to be easily traced to its supplier and is intended to act as a gateway to the legal supply of electrical equipment in Australia.
Uses the Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) as a single trademark for easily recognition of compliance with the EESS. Use of the RCM also reduces costs to industry.
Outlines documented requirements for evidence of conformity.
Responsible Suppliers must ensure the safety of the electrical equipment sold on the Australian market. Responsible Suppliers must first register with the EESS before they can register or sell any in-scope electrical equipment. When registering with the EESS as a Responsible Supplier, a declaration must be made that equipment meets relevant standards and is electrically safe. Responsible Suppliers need to be registered before in-scope electrical equipment intended for sale can be registered.
It is a mandatory requirement that electrical equipment with the risk classification of medium (Level 2) or high (Level 3) is registered in the EESS Registration Database. Low risk (Level 1) electrical equipment is able to be registered, although this is not a mandatory requirement of sale. Medium (Level 2) or high (Level 3)
This allows Level 2 and Level 3 equipment to be easily traced to its supplier, acting as a gateway to the legal supply of electrical equipment in Australia.
Note: Registration of low risk (Level 1) equipment is voluntary but recommended as best practice by the EESS.
The RCM certification procedure consists of six steps:
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