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Specific requirements for test reports

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The following is an extract from the Equipment Safety Rules.

Test Reports accepted shall comply with the following criteria:

Test report

  • The test report will cover testing to the relevant standard as listed in AS/NZS 4417.2, or alternative solution standards and/or the EESS Website and will be of a form that includes all clauses and sub clauses and results for each.
  • Test reports must include detailed colour photographs. The photographs generally should include:
    • complete view of the product (external side, top and bottom)
    • name plate of product
    • other warning labels on product or indicator marks
    • close-up of controls and switches
    • close-up of plug (including markings) or a copy of a relevant Certificate of Conformity
    • cord markings or a copy of a relevant Certificate of Conformity
    • cord entry into product
    • internal overall layout including wiring and component locations
    • close-up of incoming supply cord/cord anchorage/supply terminal block/earth connection
    • marking on critical components (switches, capacitors, transformers etc).
  • The test report must include full technical details and testing results including, but not limited to:
    • description of the unit(s) under test
    • nameplate marking details of the unit(s) under test
    • normal operation temperature test conditions and results
    • abnormal test conditions and results
    • leakage current and electric strength test results
    • test results for any specific test particularly relevant to the product under test (as listed in the particular equipment standard)
    • detailed listing of all components (and alternates) that were included in the assessment for the report – including details of component markings and Australian certification numbers where appropriate
    • resistance to heat and fire results (complete list of results of all components tested or claimed as being exempted from testing due to existing certification, temperature applied, results of flaming and any consequential test required) and details of tests specific to the product as listed in the relevant standard.
  • Where there is more than one model listed on the test report, there should be supporting documentation (if it is not already included in the test report) to explain the details of the differences between the models listed on the test report and which tests were applied to which models (i.e. base model listed and model variations explaining the differences from that base model listed).
  • Test reports shall be within any expiry date listed on the test report and, or if no such date is listed, be not less than five years from the date of testing unless the report is updated by a test facility or suitably qualified person to verify no components have changed in the equipment, and no changes have occurred to the standard that affect the compliance of the equipment to the relevant standard.
  • The test report shall have the required accreditation identification as stipulated by the ILAC/APLAC laboratory accreditation body, or as required under the IECEE CB Scheme. A CB report shall be accompanied by a CB certificate.
  • In situations where no such accreditation identification exists then the report shall include detail to verify the suitability of the test laboratory to conduct the tests (as per the allowance of Clause 10.3 (e) or when for use in compliance folders assessed by a suitably qualified person). Such information should include, but is not necessarily limited to, details below as relevant to the equipment under test (EUT):
    • calibration details of all test equipment
    • environmental conditions of the test facility for storage of the equipment prior to tests and during each test
    • information to show the training, experience and verified competency of the test personnel
    • information to show the adequate safe and appropriate storage of the EUT
    • methods the test facility uses to ensure it maintains up to date detail of standards, test materials and test techniques
    • evidence to show the test facility test staff are independent of management pressures or influences that could adversely affect test results
    • evidence to show the test facility is independent of manufacturer or submitter or any consultancy used
    • uncertainty of measurement values and method of calculations for all measurements taken.

Additional information required for issuing of certificates

The following additional material will be provided, where appropriate, with respect to test reports and information accepted by Certifiers for the issue of Certificates and in compliance folders:

  • When a test report to other than the current relevant Australian / New Zealand Standard is supplied, an additional test report or information should be supplied to show how the product complies with the current Australian / New Zealand Standard (if there is a current Australian or New Zealand standard applicable). If the report is the current international standard that the current Australian / New Zealand Standard is based on, the Australian / New Zealand variations must be as per those listed in the current version of the applicable Australian / New Zealand Standard.
  • If the test report does not include complete detailed colour photographs, these must be supplied. The photographs generally would include:
    • complete view of the product (external side, top and bottom)
    • name plate of product
    • other warning labels on product or indicator marks
    • close up of controls and switches
    • close up of connecting plug (including markings)
    • cord markings
    • cord entry into product
    • internal overall layout including wiring and component locations
    • close up of incoming supply cord/cord anchorage/terminal block/earth connection
    • marking on critical components (switches, capacitors, transformers etc).
  • If the test report(s) do not include complete detailed description of the electrical equipment there should be supporting documentation to indicate manufacturer and model numbers of all equipment to be covered by the certificate.
  • Information shall be supplied to explain the variations between the different models to be listed on the certificate and which tests cover which models and, if no tests are conducted on particular models, why tests are not required for that particular model, including description of methods used and results and evaluations of tests, inspection and any audits including reports covering any deviations, concessions, departures and variations.
  • Design documentation such as descriptions, circuit diagrams, drawings, critical component listing/bill of materials.
  • Copies of Certificates of Conformity for any level 3 components (such as plug, cord, appliance connector etc) or detail to be able to identify the required certification for the component.
  • Unless covered by the test report, illustrations and specifications including copies of rating labels or final mark-ups of artwork of labels.
  • Instructions regarding the operation, installation, use and safety, etc, of the electrical equipment.
  • Where there are non compliances or clauses not assessed in the test report(s) supplied, there should be accompanying information to show how the product will comply with those requirements. This information should be supplied with a covering letter detailing the reasons why the information shows the product is suitably qualified and why the information should be accepted and must be signed by a suitably authorised person.

    NOTE: this provision may not be suitable where testing non compliance /non assessment has been identified, if there is not sufficient evidence as to why retesting was not conducted. Such evidence would need to be comprehensive, detailed and specific to the equipment. This provision of justifying compliance without retest should not be applied to tests that are critical tests for ensuring safety of the equipment.

  • If the test report has different marking details listed to those that will be on the product that will be manufactured and supplied, details of the final markings must be supplied. An explanation of the differences should also be supplied.
  • If the test report lists a different model number and/or trade name to that which will be on the product that will be manufactured and supplied, then details of the model numbers and declaration by the applicant/manufacturer stating the link between the models is required.
Last updated
13 September 2017

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