UL International New Zealand Ltd is accredited by JAS-ANZ (Joint Accreditation System for Australia and New Zealand) and authorised by the NSW Government to operate its ANZ Certification Program for electrical products. Certification by UL enables customers to meet the electrical product safety regulatory requirements in all Australian States and in New Zealand. Certification services are provided through UL International Services BV.
Where regulations require a product to be approved before it may be sold, a Certificate of Approval will be issued if the product complies with the appropriate standards. If approval is not required but a customer wishes to gain voluntary certification, a Certificate of Compliance will be issued.
For the issue of Certificates of Approval, UL International New Zealand Ltd operates under the authority of both JAS-ANZ and the NSW Government. For the issue of Certificates of Compliance, UL International New Zealand Ltd operates under the authority granted by JAS-ANZ's accreditation.
UL is independently funded by the fees it charges the customer for services provided. General information on fees charged to the customer for certification services can be obtained by contacting the ANZ Program Certification office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Certification Office is based in Auckland and is independent of the laboratory testing operation.
Certification by UL brings several advantages:
- It enables a one-stop-shop process from initial advice on requirements through product testing and then certification;
- It dramatically reduces the approval turnaround time compared with obtaining regulator approvals; and
- Where multiple market access is required, certification can be provided as a package for access to other markets around the world.
UL is also a CB laboratory which enables testing to be carried out to provide market access to multiple markets. Through UL DEMKO, European marks can be obtained where required for specific EU markets.
Each Australian State and New Zealand maintains its own list of products requiring approval, known as "declared" or "prescribed" articles. The Australian State requirements are almost identical and cover most household appliances (but exclude most audio visual appliances). The list of declared articles in New Zealand is considerably reduced in comparison. Changes are proposed to the regulatory system, so contact us to determine what requirements apply to your products.
Where a declared article is certified, a Certificate of Approval will be issued. Where a product that is not a declared article is certified, a Certificate of Compliance will be issued.
In New Zealand, many household products do not require approval prior to sale but do require a Supplier Declaration of Conformity. Again, contact us to determine what requirements apply to your products.
At the same time as a product is certified under the ANZ Certification Program, UL can organise product registration for MEPS (Minimum Energy Performance Standards) where applicable, IECEE CB Scheme certification or other certification for a range of markets world wide.
The list of standards UL is able to certify to is maintained on JAS-ANZ's Web site.
Most certificates have a maximum life of five years. Regulatory authorities impose a shorter period on some products. Regulatory authorities reserve the right to reduce the validity period of certificates in some circumstances (e.g. where a significant change is introduced to a standard for safety reasons). Where there is evidence that a product is unsafe and/or production articles do not match the certified sample, a certificate may be suspended or cancelled by UL.
A product with a Certificate of Approval may not be sold once the certificate expires. A product with a Certificate of Compliance may be sold if its certificate expires, but it may not be claimed that it has a Certificate of Compliance.
Following the steps below will provide a smooth path to your product certification:
a) Check that your product meets the requirements for certification and you have test reports demonstrating this (see Information Required for Certification). If you are unsure as to what is required or if your test reports are adequate, contact the certification office for advice.
b) Contact us to obtain a quote for the certification and any other services required. If you wish to use an agent to act on your behalf, you will have to first sign an agreement authorising that agent.
c) Complete and sign the appropriate application form. Form 39-IC-F0025 is to apply for new certification, renewing certification, a replacement certificate or registering a product modification or change of particulars. Form 39-IC-F0025A is to apply for a corporate certification number, a certificate transfer or scoping of a test program. If you wish an agent to act on your behalf, you must first complete an agreement authorising the agent to do so. Contact us to obtain the agreement.
d) Send the application form, the required information and product sample if necessary to the Certification Office at:
PO Box 300 330
21 Tarndale Grove
The certification process commences when all the required information has been received and the certification fee has been paid (unless prior credit arrangement have been agreed). The maximum turnaround time is ten working days, but we aim to provide turnaround in five or less days. A priority service can be provided subject to workload at the time. Contact us to enquire about the priority service.
The following information is required:
a) A complying test report or test reports to the appropriate standard covering the product to be certified. It must be in English and from either:
- An IANZ, NATA or MRA partner laboratory where the testing is covered by the scope of laboratory accreditation, or
- a recognized IECEE CB Scheme laboratory where testing to an IEC or equivalent standard is covered by the Laboratory's recognized scope and AS/NZS differences are included. Accreditation to AS/NZS 3112 is essential for assessment of integral plug portions. Copies of the IECEE CB Scheme Certificate are required when submitting TMP, WMP or SMT test reports. RMT test reports are not accepted.
b) Details of product marking, instruction sheets and critical component listing;
c) External and internal colour photographs and technical drawings that enable proper identification of the product and any key design features, or a sample of the product.
Where a Certificate of Approval is issued (for a declared article) the certified product must be marked indicating that it has approval to be sold. In certain circumstances (e.g. with very small products) it might be acceptable to mark the packaging only. There are three marking options:
a) The Certificate number in the form UxxxxxEA, where "xxxxx" is a unique five digit number, or
b) A corporate identification mark that can be obtained from UL and is particular to each company. This is in the form UxxxxEA where "xxxx" is a unique four digit number; or
c) The RCM mark, provided all the requirements of AS/NZS 4417 are met
Where a Certificate of Compliance is issued, marking is voluntary. If a mark is used, it must use the certificate number in the form Uxxxxx where "xxxxx" is a unique five digit number. It is not permissible to use the suffix EA other than for a product with a Certificate of Approval.
In addition to new product certification the following ANZ Certification Program services are available:
a) Renewal of existing certification. This requires evidence that the product including any modifications, complies with the currently appropriate version of the applicable standard (which may be different from when the product was last certified). UL will advise certificate holders six months before their current certificate expires;
b) Modification to an existing certificate. A modification must be notified to UL and the certificate updated where other than a minor change is made to a product. This also applies where there is a change of a manufacturer or manufacturing location.
c) Change of particulars. A change of particulars such as company name must also be notified and the certificate updated;
d) Issue of a corporate certification code (refer to 6(b) above)
e) Issue of a pre-allocated number. At UL's discretion, a pre-allocated number may be issued ahead of certification to allow production preparations to proceed. The mark will only be issued where it is judged that certification is likely to occur and UL has confidence that the customer will honour a commitment not to use the mark prior to a Certificate being issued;
f) Certificate transfer. Where there is a change in the holder of a Certificate, this must be notified and the certificate details updated;
g) Test program. Where a product has incomplete or insufficient test report coverage, a test program designed to fill the gaps that exist can be prepared. While a fee may be charged for this service, that fee will be rebated against a subsequent certification fee for that product.
UL International NZ Ltd operates a CB testing laboratory from its Auckland site and is a member of the IECEE CB Scheme.
In its operation as CB Laboratory, UL International NZ Ltd works in conjunction with the National Certifying Body (NCB) UL Demko for household, office and medical equipment.
The CB Scheme is administered by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for the international recognition of electrical equipment test results.
The CB Scheme is based on the principle of mutual recognition and acceptance of reports; and CB Test Reports and their accompanying CB Certificates are accepted in more than 40 countries worldwide.
Manufacturers accessing multiple markets who use the CB Scheme as the basis of their product testing philosophy stand to gain significant savings in cost, time and effort. The principle is one test for several markets. In practice additional testing is often required, but significantly less than if each market is addressed separately.
UL International NZ, through our association with UL DEMKO, can make applications for licensed European test marks for greater recognition of product safety and quality in the European market
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