ASA Opens China Office

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Australian Safety Approval has opened an office in China (PRC) to assist local manufacturers in obtaining product safety approval certificates for Australia and New Zealand. Manni Zeng has experience as a product safety test engineer and as an ASA assessor.  She can be contacted thru the contact page of our website or directly via:   ASA recently lowered their RCM safety certificate...

Austest Labs selected by Boeing Defence Australia for Project Currawong

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Austest Laboratories has been selected to test the strength and durability of equipment designed for Project Currawong for Boeing Defence Australia. The testing programme involves a series of extensive environmental and EMI/EMC tests performed on the new Battlespace Communications System (BCS) developed by Boeing Defence Australia for Australian Defence Force (ADF) as part of LAND 2072 Phase 2B...

EMC CISPR22 and CISPR13 to be replaced with CISPR32

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Years ago, manufacturers made AV equipment, while others made Information technology equipment, with crossovers between the two categories rare. Fast forward and the line between Audio Visual devices and computers is extremely blurred, with AV integrating Wifi, Bluetooth, ethernet and other technologies. CISPR32 “Electromagnetic compatibility of multimedia equipment – Emission requirements” is a...

Only weeks until Inverters are removed from the CEC Approved List

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Changes for CEC inverter listings By 9 October 2016, all inverters and PCE on the CEC-approved list will need to be fully compliant with AS/NZS 4777.2:2015.  All products that have not been relisted with this information this date will be removed. All inverters and PCE on the CEC approved list will need to provide an additional test report and safety approval certificate showing that the product...

ACMA update to Class License for Low Power Devices

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Many may not be aware of significant changes included in the most recently updated (4 September 2015) Radiocommunications (Low Interference Potential Devices) (LIPD) Class License 2015 (the LIPD). In particular the LIPD now refers to ETSI EN 300 328 with no version number – i.e. the current version, as published from time to time in the European Journal, is now acceptable.  Compliance with the...

Austest update to accredited testing

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Austest Laboratories announces the following additions to their accredited scope: AS/CA S042.1:2015 The ACMA now require an accredited report to this standard, which includes the ability to dial the Australian emergency # when connected to an Australian carrier without a SIM, plus SPL (Sound Pressure Level) measurements of handsets, along with other clauses.  By virtue of the testing required...

NZ Telecom no longer accepting PTC200 or PTC220 for headsets

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From the end of this month (31 March 2016), the Access Standards team of Spark (previously known as New Zealand telecom) will no longer accept test reports to the analogue PSTN standard PTC200 or PTC220 (private voice inc VoIP) for approval of headsets.  The new headset standard is PTC208 and the scope covers the requirements for Headsets used in any telephony application. This includes Bluetooth...

1 March 2016 Labelling Changes for Australian and New Zealand electrical products

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From 1 March 2016, the labelling requirements change in Australia and New Zealand. Australia The time is up for C-Tick and A-Tick labelled products, as the RCM must be used from 1 March 2016 for electrical and electronic items.  While the RCM denotes compliance with both electrical safety and interference requirements, this news article is limited to registration and labelling for EMC emissions...

Senate to hold an inquiry into non-conforming products (inc Electrical) in Australia

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As the front line of new product approvals, Austest Labs fields many inquiries per week from tradesmen and small importers that have imported electrical items (particularly from sites such as Alibaba), requesting quotes for gaining product approval, never to hear from them again, once faced with the not insignificant cost of testing to electrical safety, EMC, energy efficiency or other mandatory...

Austest Gains Accreditation for RTCA DO-160G Environmental Testing

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Austest Laboratories has now added accredited testing for Aeronautical Equipment to RTCA DO-160G. Accreditation covers environmental testing aspects of equipment used in fixed or rotating  wing aircraft: Section 4 Temperature and *Altitude; Section 6 Humidity; Section 7 Shocks and Crash Safety; Section 8 Vibration; Section 14 Salt Spray; *Altitude Testing covers: Transport and operational, Take...

Grid Connect Inverters : Standards and Compliance for Australia

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General Compliance Overview … The Clean Energy Council maintains a list of inverters which are approved to be installed by accredited installers. Approval of inverters requires submission of a Certificate of Compliance … also called a Certificate of Suitability, issued by a certifier accredited by JAS-ANZ (ASA) The certificate verifies that the inverter complies with the relevant...

The Basics regarding Defence and Aerospace Product Testing

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We’ve put together the following summary to assist companies that may be tendering for defence or aerospace projects.   This info is aimed to ensure: We provide you an accurate quote covering all required tests. You satisfy your customer with a test plan and test report that meets their requirements. Before entering the qualification process with Austest for defence equipment – whether aerospace...

Austest accreditation covering MIL-STD 461 and DO160

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Austest Laboratories Sydney accredited testing scope...

Electrical Product Safety Seminar, Austest Sydney

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Update:  Due to conflicts with dates, this seminar will be postponed until 25 February 2015. We apologise for any inconvenience. Austest Labs is hosting a 1/2 day seminars at our Castle Hill laboratory covering electrical product approval requirements, how to legally place products on the market and how to ensure continued compliance. Austest is delighted to have Mr Glenn Toole, Senior...

Austest Melbourne adds full testing to AS/NZS 60335.2 Product Safety Standards inc Hot Water Heaters and Battery Chargers

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Austest Labs of Thomastown has added the following AS/NZS 60335.2 series of product safety standards to their accredited testing capabilities.  The additions cover full testing, not just partial assessments to Annex ZZ.  This allows clients to select testing of their products in either our Sydney or Melbourne labs  ; AS/NZS 60335.2.5 Dishwashers AS/NZS 60335.2.7 Washing Machines AS/NZS 60335.2...