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13 Dec
03 Dec

Button batteries to receive new guidance

Leaders from the consumer, services and product industry came together at Standards Australia recently to agree on the development of a button battery standard.

This decision follows an increase of concerned communities as the use of button batteries continues to rise in Australia. Known for being in children’s toys, button batteries can now be found in a much wider range of consumer products and are also sold as a standalone product.

“The outcome of this forum of members of the public, industry bodies and regulators including the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC), confirmed concerns around button batteries and the need to provide further guidance to address button batteries issues in a measured approach,” said Head of Stakeholder Engagement Daniel Chidgey.

“While there are some standards that reference these batteries, there is not yet any holistic guidelines for products with button batteries,” said Mr Chidgey.

“Button batteries can be found in a range of items including thermometers, remote controls, children’s toys and novelty items,” said Ms Barbara Geens, Chair of the Industry Working Group on Button Batteries Safety. “The goal of this proposed standard is to create a unified approach for safer use and distribution of these batteries which is an essential step in protecting consumers.”

“This is an example of Standards Australia proactively working with industry, government and the public to provide the right standards solutions to equip the consumer products, services and safety sector. We look forward to continuing to work with industry and the Australian community in developing this pivotal guidance,” concluded Mr. Chidgey.

Read more at: Standards Australia

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02 Dec

The number of product recalls in Australia has tripled over the last twenty years.

The number of product recalls in Australia has tripled over the last twenty years. That means millions of unsafe products that should have been stopped before they made it to stores, are now in our homes. 

We need laws that require businesses to proactively check that products are safe before selling them. It shouldn’t be up to us to discover a product is unsafe after we’ve bought it. That’s why we’ve made a submission to the Government calling for stronger product safety laws and to stop Australia becoming a dumping ground for dangerous products.

We’re trying to spread the news far and wide that our current product safety system is failing us and that we need urgent action. 

Not on social media? Why not email this link to our petition to a friend instead: choice.com.au/productsafety

The growing number of recalls that happen each week means that it’s impossible for most people to keep track, so many of us might have dangerous products in our homes and not even know about it. Over sixty products have been recalled so far this month alone. 

Something has to change in our product safety system to stop people being harmed from unsafe products. We’re fighting for a general safety provision to stop further tragedies caused by unsafe products. After sustained pressure from thousands of people like you, the Government is now seriously considering it. 

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30 Sep

After 1 October 2019, Qld RECS external certifiers shall only upload Qld RECS certificates to the national database

Recognition of certifications in Victoria

Certificates issued by external certifiers recognised by a declared jurisdiction are recognised in Victoria. Currently this means that certificates issued by certifiers under the Queensland Recognised External Certification Schemes (RECS) are recognised in Victoria.

ESV will administratively recognise certificates issued by Australian regulators who have not yet enacted corresponding law provided their certificate data is uploaded to the national certification database.

From 1 April 2019 to 1 October 2019 private certifiers can continue to upload REAS certificate data to the national certification database. This is not a recognition of REAS certificates but part of a temporary transitional allowance to assist industry with moving to compliance  with Victorian law.

ESV will work with private certifiers and the Queensland Electrical Safety Office (QLD) to assist private certifiers who have made an application to become a RECS with QLD, and provided that there is no obvious concern or issue raised by QLD, ESV will not prohibit the certifier from continuing to upload REAS certificates after 1 October 2019. This will only apply if the certifier gives ESV an undertaking to only issue certification in accordance with EESS and RECS requirements, this includes compliance to the Equipment Safety Rules. This is not a recognition of the certifier but a temporary transitional allowance to assist the external certifier and industry. This temporary transition allowance will cease on 1 April 2020.

  • After 1 October 2019, QLD RECS external certifiers shall only upload QLD RECS certificates to the national database.
  • After 1 October 2019 and up to 1 April 2020, NSW REAS private certifiers who have made an application to become QLD RECS, but have not yet finalised the process, may have additional temporary transitional arrangements apply for uploading REAS certificates that comply with the Equipment Safety Rules.
  • After 1 October 2019, NSW REAS private certifiers who have not made application to become a QLD RECS cannot upload any new certificates onto the EESS database.

The temporary transitional arrangements allow for a total of a 12-month period of transition for industry to ensure they have correct certificates on the EESS database to register their equipment on the EESS.

Read more here

 

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25 Jun
06 May

Implementation of EESS in Victoria 1 April 2019. We can issue safety certificates under the RECS scheme.

Implementation of EESS in Victoria
The requirements were implemented 1 April 2019.
Introduced to improve consumer safety for household electrical equipment sold in Victoria, the EESS aims to harmonise various state legislation across Australia and provide the public with a national database of responsible suppliers and electrical equipment registrations.

 

Recognition of certification in Victoria
Certificates issued by external certifiers recognised by a declared jurisdiction are recognised in Victoria. Currently this means that certificates issued by certifiers under the Queensland Recognised External Certification Schemes (RECS) are recognised in Victoria.ESV will administratively recognise certificates issued by Australian regulators who have not yet enacted corresponding law provided their certificate data is uploaded to the national certification database.From 1 April 2019 to 1 October 2019 private certifiers can continue to upload REAS certificate data to the national certification database. This is not a recognition of REAS certificates but part of a temporary transitional allowance to assist industry with moving to compliance with Victorian law.ESV will work with private certifiers and the Queensland Electrical Safety Office (QLD) to assist private certifiers who have made an application to become a RECS with QLD, and provided that there is no obvious concern or issue raised by QLD, ESV will not prohibit the certifier from continuing to upload REAS certificates after 1 October 2019. This will only apply if the certifier gives ESV an undertaking to only issue certification in accordance with EESS and RECS requirements, this includes compliance to the Equipment Safety Rules. This is not a recognition of the certifier but a temporary transitional allowance to assist the external certifier and industry. This temporary transition allowance will cease on 1 April 2020.

  • After 1 October 2019, QLD RECS external certifiers shall only upload QLD RECS certificates to the national database.
  • After 1 October 2019 and up to 1 April 2020 NSW REAS private certifiers who have made an application to become QLD RECS, but have not yet finalised the process, may have additional temporary transitional arrangements apply for uploading REAS certificates that comply with the Equipment Safety Rules.
  • After 1 October 2019 NSW REAS private certifiers who have not made application to become a QLD RECS cannot upload any new certificates onto the EESS database.

The temporary transitional arrangements allow for a total of a 12-month period of transition for industry to ensure they have correct certificates on the EESS database to register their equipment on the EESS.

There is no prohibition against an NSW REAS private certifier applying for recognition under Queensland legislation and becoming a RECS.

Any external certifier that is not accredited or is not in the process of obtaining accreditation under the Queensland legislation by 1 October 2019 will have restricted access to the national certification database and will not be authorised to upload new certificates.

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13 Mar

Button battery safety failures. CHOICE test labs find plenty of safety risks in everyday household items.

Industry ignores voluntary guidelines


  • 10 out 17 common household products failed our button battery safety test.
  • Despite two deaths and many injuries to children, product makers are largely ignoring the voluntary button battery safety code.

Button batteries are everywhere these days, powering everything from medical devices to musical birthday cards.

But there’s a price to pay for the convenience: button batteries have long been a potentially lethal threat to young children, who ingest them at an alarming rate.

Read more here.

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26 Feb

Congratulations to team CBA ! Click here to find out more !

Last week our re-accreditation audit conducted by JAS-ANZ was an outstanding success – no major non-conformities, no minor non-conformities and no observations were found during the audit. This was a great result and a credit to the whole team who work hard to maintain, improve and implement changes to our quality management system and technical processes so that CBA continues to provide high quality service to our customers. Our customers can be confident that their products are professionally certified before being placed on the market. Thank you team and well done.

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05 Nov

EESS fees – From 1 January 2019 renewal fees will apply for all Level 2 and Level 3 registered in-scope electrical equipment.

Since the EESS commenced in Queensland in 2013, responsible suppliers have not been required to pay renewal fees for registration of in-scope electrical equipment. EESS fees have also not been subject to CPI increases. These “exemptions” were put in place until other States and Territories adopted the EESS.

Western Australia and Victoria have now signed on to the EESS and Victoria recently passed legislation to enact the EESS as law. As a result, from 1 January 2019 renewal fees will apply to all level 2 and 3 registered in-scope electrical equipment, and will also be subject to CPI increases.

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11 Sep

4.5 million recalls in FY18. Faulty products continue to cause serious injury and harm to thousands of Australians.

Faulty products hit list

4.5 million recalls in FY18.

Faulty products continue to cause serious injury and harm to thousands of Australians, with more than 4.5 million items recalled by suppliers in the 2017-18 financial year. A total of 613 products were recalled, 26 from the electronics and technology sectors.

New figures showed at least 10 people a day are injured and require medical attention as a result of unsafe products, according to mandatory reports provided to the ACCC by manufacturers and retailers.

“Ten injuries a day due to defective products is alarming, but we suspect this is just the tip of the iceberg as many more consumers don’t report injuries to the product suppliers at all,” ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard said.

Read more of the Appliance Retailer article here.

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