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New-ZealandProduct safety requirements and regulations are put in place to reduce risks of injury, ensure safety during use and improve quality of life. Most products entering the New Zealand market must meet the relevant requirements of the authorities depending on the product scope.

These regulations and compliance requirements can however pose challenges to companies who are looking to explore new markets in New Zealand. You can ensure that your products successfully meet the New Zealand standards by working with a market leader, TÜV SÜD.

TÜV SÜD fully understands the local requirements and procedures applicable in New Zealand. You can rely on our expertise and knowledge to help you access key markets efficiently while at the same time, be assured of our objectivity, integrity and professionalism.

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  • Plug Types

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  • Electrical Safety

    Regulatory agency

    • Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC)

    Regulations

    • All products are required to comply with New Zealand standards.
    • Products considered to have a medium to high safety risk require a Supplier Declaration of Compliance (SDoC).
    • Products considered to have a high safety risk are required to obtain approval in one of the following ways:
      • Certificate of Approval (CoA) by the Ministry (or other certification that is formally recognised by a Gazette Notice as an Approval); or
      • Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) from an accredited CB.   
    • Compliance with AS/NZS and/or IEC standards.

    Guidelines

    • A Responsible Supplier, who must be a legally identifiable Australian or New Zealand entity holding an Australian Business Number (ABN), or a New Zealand Inland Revenue Department (IRD) number, is required to register the Level 2 and Level 3 electrical equipment on the National Database.
    • Approval is not required for products that have a recognised certification. Most listed products that are sold in New Zealand will already have a suitable recognised New Zealand Approval.
    • Test reports should be from a recognised test laboratory.
    • CoA only covers product safety while RCM covers both safety and EMC requirements (where applicable).

    Applicable product categories

    • A full list of product categories requiring SDoC may be found here.
    • A full list of product categories requiring approval may be found here.
    • To determine if a particular product is subject to the above regulations, please contact us.

    Our services at a glance

    • TÜV SÜD has the experience and capability to support manufacturers in attaining compliance with New Zealand requirements and obtaining the necessary approval
  • Energy Efficiency

    Regulatory agency

    • Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA)

    Regulations 

    • New Zealand’s energy efficiency programs are closely linked to those of Australia.
    • Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) are required for many products.
    • The mandatory Star Rating Label Scheme is required for certain products.

    Guidelines

    • Registration applications must be made in the format as prescribed in the applicable New Zealand Standard.
    • Test procedures, comparative labelling and MEPS requirements are mostly contained in joint Australian and New Zealand standards.

    Applicable product categories

    • A full list of product categories may be found here. To determine if a particular product is subject to the above regulations, please contact us.

    Our services at a glance

    • TÜV SÜD has the experience and capability to support manufacturers in attaining compliance with New Zealand requirements and obtaining the necessary approval. TÜV SÜD can also support manufacturers in obtaining voluntary endorsement labels.
  • Medical Devices

    Regulatory agencY

    • MEDSAFE, Ministry of Health

    Regulations

    • Under current legislation, ministerial consent is not required for the distribution of medical devices.

    • Medical devices are subject to the notification requirements set out in the Medicines (Database of Medical devices) Regulations 2003.

    • Manufacturers are required to enter details into the medical device database through Web Assisted Notification of Devices (WAND).

    • Diagnostic devices for in-vitro use are exempt from notification requirements.

    • All condoms and intra-uterine contraceptive devices distributed in New Zealand are required by law to comply with applicable standards.

    Guidelines

    • A local representative is required (also known as a sponsor) is required to make WAND notifications.
    • WAND may be accessed from the MEDSAFE website.
    • The notification of a device to the WAND database does not constitute approval or endorsement of the safety or efficacy of a medical device by MEDSAFE or any other regulatory body.
    • Registration of medical devices is expected to become a legal requirement in the future under proposed legislation.

    Applicable product categories

    • To determine if a particular product is subject to the above regulations, please contact us.

    Our services at a glance

    • TÜV SÜD has the experience and capability to support manufacturers in attaining compliance with New Zealand requirements and obtaining the necessary approval. TÜV SÜD can also perform required testing to applicable standards.
  • Telecom

    Regulatory agency

    • Ministry of Economic Development

    Regulations

    • A Telepermit indicates that a product may be connected to the Telecom New Zealand network. 
    • Testing should be performed by a Recognised Testing Authority according to Permit to Connect (PTC) specifications.
    • Applications should be submitted to Telecom New Zealand’s Access Standards Team.
    • Upon being granted with Telepermit, manufacturers are required to label products appropriately.

    Guidelines

    • A local representative is required.

    CERTIFICATION PROCEDURE

    • Submission of application, test report and essential documents.
    • Assessment.
    • Grant of Telepermit.

    Applicable product categories

    • A full list of product categories under telecom standards may be found here. To determine if a particular product is subject to the above regulations, please contact us.

    Our services at a glance

    • TÜV SÜD has the experience and capability to support manufacturers in attaining compliance with New Zealand requirements and obtaining the necessary approval. TÜV SÜD can also perform required testing to applicable standards.
  • Wireless and EMC

    Regulatory agency

    • Ministry of Economic Development, Radio Spectrum Management (RSM)

    Regulations

    • Products are classified into 3 levels depending on the degree of impact of its interfering emissions to devices using the radio frequency spectrum – Level 1 being low impact and Level 3 being highest risk of serious impact.
    • Manufacturers are required to sign a DoC and hold a product description.
    • Regulated products should also be affixed with the C-Tick or RCM Mark.
    • The RCM Mark can also be used to indicate EMC compliance.

    Guidelines

    • A local representative is required to apply to use the C-Tick or RCM Mark.
    • Manufacturers of Level 2 and 3 products are also required to hold a test report or Technical Construction File.
    • The test report for Level 3 products must be from an accredited test laboratory.

    Applicable product categories

    • A full list of product categories under wireless standards may be found here.
    • A full list of product categories under EMC standards may be found here.
    • To determine if a particular product is subject to the above regulations, please contact us.

    Our services at a glance

    • TÜV SÜD has the experience and capability to support manufacturers in attaining compliance with New Zealand requirements and obtaining the necessary approval. TÜV SÜD can also perform required testing to applicable standards.
     

    ** Wireless and EMC requirements are similar in Australia and New Zealand; the approval applied in Australia also indicates similar compliance in New Zealand and vice versa. The labelling requirements are under transition from the C-tick mark to the Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM). Existing importers that already have an ACMA supplier code number for the attachment of the C-tick mark can continue to use the mark until 1 March 2016.

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