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Cords, Plugs, Sockets, Outlet Devices and Appliance Connectors

Manufacturing and electrical wiring standards cover cords, plugs, sockets, outlet devices and appliance connectors.

Australian and New Zealand standards

  • AS/NZS 4417.2:2009 Marking of electrical products to indicate compliance with regulations - Specific requirements for electrical safety regulatory applications
  • AS/NZS 3008.1.1:2009 Electrical installations - Selection of cables - Cables for alternating voltages up to and including 0.61 kV - Typical Australian installation conditions
  • AS/NZS 3000:2007 Electrical installations (the ‘Australian/New Zealand Wiring Rules’)
  • AS/NZS 1125:2001 Conductors in insulated electric cables and flexible cords  Insulating materials used to manufacture cables should be tested to
  • AS/NZS 3808:2000 Insulating and sheating materials for electric cables
  • AS/NZS 3191:2008 Electric flexible supply cords
  • AS/NZS 60227.5:2003 Polyvinyl chloride insulated cables of rated voltages up to and including 450/750 V - Flexible cables (cords)
  • AS/NZS 60245.4:2003 Rubber insulated cables - Rated voltages up to and including 450/750 V - Cords and flexible cables
  • AS/NZS 60335.1:2002 Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - General requirements
  • AS/NZS 3112:2004 Approval and test specification - Plugs and socket-outlets
  • AS/NZS 3100:2009 Approval and test specification - General requirements for electrical equipment
  • AS/NZS 3121:2002 'Approval and test specification - Insulating mouldings
  • AS/NZS 3131:2001 Plugs and socket-outlets for stationary appliances
  • AS/NZS 3120:1999 Approval and test specification - Cord extension sockets
  • AS/NZS 3199:2007 Approval and test specificaton - Cord extension sets
  • AS/NZS 3105:2007 Approval and test specification - Electrical portable outlet devices
  • AS/NZS 3122:2005 Approval and test specification - Socket-outlet adaptors
  • AS/NZS 60320.1:2004 Appliance couplers for household and similar general purposes - General requirements
  • AS/NZS 60320.2.2:2004 Appliance couplers for household and similar general purposes - Interconnection couplers for household and similar equipment
  • AS/NZS 60320.2.1:2004 Appliance couplers for household and similar general purposes - Sewing machine couplers

International standards

  • IEC 60227-1 Ed 3.0 Polyvinyl chloride insulated cables of rated voltages up to and including 450/750 V - Part 1: General requirements
  • IEC 60245-1 Ed 4.0 Rubber insulated cables - Rated voltages up to and including 450/750 V - Part 1: General requirements

Other regulations:

  • Manufacturers of imported cords and cables may have completed CE certificates to the European Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 December 2006. Electrical safety tests for cables are primarily covered by the series of European Harmonizing Document (HD) standards.

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 scheme.
  • Imported plugs that have been tested to IEC 60884-1 Ed 3.1 Plugs and socket-outlets for household and similar purposes - Part 1: General requirements'or EN 60998-1:2004 'Connecting devices for Low-Voltage Circuits for Household and Similar Purposes - Part 1: General Requirements may not be permitted to be used in Australia.

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 cords, plugs, sockets, outlet devices and appliance connectors, the above information may not be comprehensi