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Standards for White Goods

White goods should comply with electrical safety, manufacturing, performance, energy efficiency, installation and electromagnetic compatibility standards. These standards apply to refrigerators (including freezers and wine coolers), clothes dryers, washing machines and dishwashers. Washing machines and dishwashers also need to be tested to water efficiency standards. Switches, cords, plugs and power points used with white goods should be tested to relevant Australian standards

Australian and New Zealand standards

  • AS/NZS 6400:2005 Water efficiency products - Rating and labelling
  • AS 5200.000-2006 Technical specification for plumbing and drainage products - Procedures for certification of plumbing and drainage products
  • AS/NZS 1677.1:1998 Refrigerating systems - Refrigerant classification
  • AS/NZS 1677.2:1998 Refrigerating systems - Safety requirements for fixed applications
  • AS/NZS 60335.2.24-2003 Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety. Part 2.24: Particular requirements for refrigerating appliances, ice-cream appliances and ice-makers
  • AS/NZS 60335.1:2002 Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - General requirements
  • AS/NZS 60335.2.34:2003 Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Particular requirements for motor-compressors
  • AS/NZS 4474 Performance of household electrical appliances series of standards
  • AS/NZS 3000:2007 Electrical installations (the ‘Australian/New Zealand Wiring Rules')
  • AS/NZS 60335.2.11:2009 Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Particular requirements for tumble dryers
  • AS/NZS 60335.2.43:2005 Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - - Particular requirements for clothes dryers and towel rails
  • AS/NZS 2442 Performance of household electrical appliances series of standards.
  • AS/NZS 60335.2.7:2009 Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Particular requirements for washing machines
  • AS/NZS 2040 series of standards
  • AS/NZS 60335.2.5:2002 Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Particular requirements - Particular requirements for dishwashers
  • AS/NZS CISPR 14.1:2010 Electromagnetic Compatibility - Requirements for household appliances, electrical tools and similar apparatus - Emission
  • AS/NZS CISPR 14.2:2003 Electromagnetic compatibility - Requirements for household appliances, electrical tools and similar apparatus - Immunity - Product family standard
  • AS/NZS 4251 Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) series
  • AS/NZS 61000 Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) series

International standards

  • EN 60335-2-24:2010 Household and Similar Electrical Appliances - Safety - Part 2-24: Particular Requirements for Refrigerating Appliances, Ice-cream Appliances and ice Makers
  • IEC 60335-2-24 Ed. 7.0 Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-24: Particular requirements for refrigerating appliances, ice-cream appliances and ice makers
  • Note that the AS/NZ 60335-2-24 standard has not been updated to include the changes in the more recent versions of the international standards above.

Other regulations

  • Imported products may have certification to European Directive 2005/32 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 July 2005, which establishes a framework for the setting of ecodesign requirements for energy-using products (the ‘Energy Using Products (EuP) directive').
  • The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) may still regulate the previous AS/NZS CISPR 14.1: 2003 Electromagnetic Compatibility - Requirements for household appliances, electrical tools and similar apparatus – Emission standard.
  • Plumbing fittings supplied with white goods should be certified under the WaterMark scheme.

Further information:

  • The National Appliance and Energy Efficiency Committee (NAEEC) provides information on specific regulations for electrical equipment requiring tests to Australian standards.
  • The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) provides a list of EMC standards for products required to be approved under the C-Tick scheme.

Disclaimer:

The information provided is not intended in any way to constitute legal advice.

Standards and associated regulation are constantly evolving – new standards and regulation are being developed and existing standards and regulation are continually updated.  Although every effort has been made to summarise the current standards and regulation relating to white goods, the above information may not be comprehensive.