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Standards for Circuit Breakers and Safety Switches

Electrical safety, installation and electromagnetic compatibility standards apply to circuit-breakers and safety switches. Safety switches are also described by the terms 'Residual Current Device' or 'RCD'. Miniature overcurrent circuit-breakers are often used with household and related types of electrical equipment.

Australian and New Zealand standards

  • AS/NZS 3111:2009 Approval and test specification - Miniature overcurrent circuit-breakers
  • AS/NZS 60898.2:2004 Circuit-breakers for overcurrent protection for household and similar
  • AS/NZS 4417.2:2009 Marking of electrical and electronic products to indicate compliance with regulations. Part 2: Specific requirements for electrical safety regulatory applications
  • AS 60947.2-2005 Low-voltage circuit-breakers and controlgear. Part 2: Circuit-breakers
  • AS 60947.1-2004 Low-voltage switchgear and controlgear - General rules
  • AS/NZS 3100:2009 Approval and test specification - General requirements for electrical equipment
  • AS/NZS 3000:2007 Electrical installations (the ‘Australian/New Zealand Wiring Rules’)
  • AS/NZS 3017:2007 Electrical installations - Vertification guidelines
  • AS/NZS 3190:2009 Approval and test specification - Residual current devices (current-operated earth-leakage devices)
  • AS/NZS 61008.1:2004 Residual current operated circuit-breakers without integral protection for household and similar uses - RCCBS - General rules
  • AS/NZS 61009.1:2004 Residual current operated circuit-breakers with integral overcurrent protection for household and similar uses (RCBOs) - General rules
  • AS/NZS CISPR 11:2004 Industrial scientific and medical (ISM) radio-frequency equipment - Electromagnetic disturbance characteristics - Limits and methods of measurement
  • AS/NZS CISPR 22:2009 Information technology equipment - Radio disturbance characteristics - Limits and methods of measurement
  • AS/NZS 4251 Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) series
  • AS/NZS 61000 Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) series Other regulations

Further information:

  • BPS 001-2007 Best Practices in Testing & Tagging of Electrical Equipment to AS/NZS 3760
  • 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.  


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 circuit breakers and safety switches, the above information may not be comprehensive.