Supplier Declaration of Conformity
The requirement for a “declared medium risk article” is found underRegulation 83 of the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010 where a product shall not be sold or offered for sale unless the supplier (being the New Zealand manufacturer or importer) has made a Supplier Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) in respect of the article.
The SDoC has been aligned with the international format in ISO/IEC 17050.
SDoC forms must be accompanied by a test report (or certificate of conformity) showing how the fitting or appliance complies with AS/NZS 3820 or the applicable Standard(s) listed in Schedule 4 of the Regulations.
Schedule 4 also introduces a list of recognised Standards including any alternatives. Many of these Standards are IEC Standards with variations to reflect any specific New Zealand requirements such as language, voltage, and plug etc. This provides for a wider range of recognised and accredited testing facilities.
Most medium risk products are also (High risk) “declared articles” in Australia. The Australian certification is recognised under the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010 to accompany the SDoC.
Under the transitional arrangements of the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010, any SDoC that were compliant with the Electricity Regulations 1997 remain valid until expiry and do not require an accompanying test report.