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Safety labels for electrical goods 

Certain electrical products and appliances, known as electrical articles, have been declared under the Electricity (Consumer Safety) Act as needing to be certified against Australian Standards and approved before they can be sold in NSW. Whenever you are buying a declared electrical appliance, you should look for the approval number, also known as an approval mark.

Electrical articles can be approved by either NSW Fair Trading, equivalent government agencies in Australia, or by certain private testing laboratories that have been approved by the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation to certify and approve electrical articles for sale in NSW. Below is a list of the certifiers approved in NSW and their approval number or mark. In this list, where an 'x' is listed, it means that the individual approval number will be in this space.

Approval Scheme Approval number or mark
NSW Fair Trading

NSW xxxxx

Other State Government agencies

Q xxxxx,  ESO xxxxx,

V xxxxx, ESV xxxxx,

S xxxxx, T xxxxx

Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) RCM tick
SAI Global Certification Services Pty Ltd

SAI TE EA xxxxxxx    or

SAI SMK EA xxxxxx   or


The Australian Gas Association (AGA)

AGA xxxxxx EA   or

AGA xxxxxx G EA 

International Testing and Certification Services Pty Ltd A/xxxxxx/EA
SGS Systems and Services Certification Pty Ltd

SGSEA xxxxxx   or


SAA Approvals Pty Ltd SAA xxxxxx EA
Testing and Certification Australia TCA xxxxxx EA
UL International New Zealand Limited U xxxxxx EA
TUV Rheinland Australia Pty Ltd TUV xxxxxx EA
BSI Group (Australia and New Zealand) Pty Ltd BSI-xxxxxx-EA
Global Mark Pty Ltd GMA-xxxxxx-EA
Market Access (AUS) Pty Ltd trading as Certification Body Australia

CBA xxxxxx   or


Australian Safety Approval ASA-xxxxxx-EA
Conformity Certification Services Pty Ltd CCS-xxxxxx-EA

Where an approval mark or number is not visible 

If you cannot see an approval number or mark on a declared article, ask the sales person to show you the approval number. If they can't show it to you, don't buy it. If you find a store selling electrical articles that have no approval numbers or markings, contact NSW Fair Trading. We are responsible for monitoring the safety of electrical goods sold in NSW.

Remember electricity can kill. Electrical products that have not been tested and approved for sale in Australia may not meet Australian Standards and can be dangerous!

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