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Standards for Portable Control and Conditioning Devices

Manufacturing and installation standards cover control and conditioning devices used with different types of household and related types of electrical equipment. These devices include remote control devices, timing devices, lighting dimmer switches and energy regulators.

Control devices should also meet ingress protection tests. Flexible supply cords and plugs used with portable control and conditioning devices should also be manufactured to relevant standards.

Australian and New Zealand standards

  • AS/NZS 4417.2:2009 Marking of electrical and electronic products to indicate compliance with regulations - Specific requirements for electrical safety regulatory applications
  • AS/NZS 3197:2005 Approval and test specification - Portable electrical control or conditioning devices
  • AS/NZS 3100:2009 Approval and test specification - General requirements for electrical equipment
  • AS/NZS 3161:2005 Approval and test specification - Thermostats and energy regulators
  • AS/NZS 3000:2007 Electrical installations (the ‘Australian/New Zealand Wiring Rules’)

Further information:

  • The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) provides a list of EMC standards for products required to be approved under the C-Tick (compliance labelling) scheme.  
  • Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC)
  • National Appliance and Energy Efficiency Committee


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 portable control and conditioning devices, the above information may not be comprehensive.