See the link from Standards Australia below.
Standard: AS/NZS 62368-1 Audio/video, information and communication technology equipment – Part 1: Safety requirements
Comment Start Date: 20/10/2021
Comment End Date: 22/12/2021
You can view the draft with latest comments and provide your feedback here:
“The worst thing would be if somebody had a melanoma which [an app] said was fine, and then they didn’t go to the doctor when they would have before,” he said. “That’s doing harm.”
Source: Skin Monitoring Apps Fail to Detect Melanomas – IEEE Spectrum
The Commonwealth Treasury (Treasury) is undertaking this assessment and public consultation on behalf of the Commonwealth, states and territories. This Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) provides an overview of the current product safety system, explains identified problems and outlines some potential reform options for feedback, including options for a GSP.
See the link to obtain the document.
Source: Improving the Effectiveness of the Consumer Product Safety System – The Treasury – Citizen Space
Researchers have discovered the root cause of why lithium metal batteries fail, challenging a long-held belief in the field. The study presents new ways to boost battery performance and brings research a step closer to incorporating lithium anodes into rechargeable batteries.
Source: Study Identifies Main Culprit Behind Lithium Metal Battery Failure
Measuring human exposure to 5G:
“IEC TC 106 is playing a key role with the recent publication of a new IEC Technical Report on evaluating human exposure to radio frequency fields in the vicinity of base stations…
IEC 62232 provides methods for determining the radio-frequency field strength near radio-communication base stations with the intention of evaluating human exposure. It takes into account the mmWave frequencies to be used for 5G networks.”
Source: Measuring human exposure to 5G | IEC e-tech | Issue’ 03/2019
The new EESS website now stands alone to support regulatory activities across multiple states. The safety of household electrical equipment in Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania is regulated using the Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS), which now has a new online presence at: http://www.EESS.gov.au.
EESS.gov.au removes functions previously found on the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC) website and presents them with enhanced and improved layout and structure, based on feedback from industry.
Source: New standalone website for EESS (Electrical Equipment Safety Scheme)
ITU toolkit in the use and implementation of the WHO-ITU H.870 Global standard on safe listening devices and systems.
UPDATE NOTE: This is an older recall, going back to 2016. If you have already participated in the recall then further action is not necessary.
“Apple has determined that, in very rare cases, the two prong Apple AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Argentina and Brazil may break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched. These wall plug adapters shipped from 2003 to 2015 with Mac and certain iOS devices, and were also included in the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit.”
“This recall covers the two prong plug portion of the Apple AC power supply (wall plug adapters) designed for use in Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, South Korea and Brazil.”
“Apple’s website advises that in very rare cases, the two prong wall plugs designed for continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Argentina and Brazil can break and create a shock hazard. So the company will exchange the part at no charge. “
A new Battery Assurance Program developed by the Clean Energy Council provides consumers with independent information on the safety of home battery products…
The new program confirms which home battery products have been tested against the industry’s best practice guidelines… Products that qualify for the Battery Assurance Program … have been independently tested to confirm they are up to the necessary electrical safety and quality standards.
Source: Clean Energy Council launches home battery program – Electrical connection
All suppliers and manufacturers of electrical products in New Zealand have to ensure those products are safe. This includes meeting essential standards, showing regulatory compliance marks, and conforming to other regulations.
Source: Electrical safety compliance | WorkSafe
Consumers are set to benefit from improved safety standards in the gas and electrical goods industry when amended regulations commence on 1 September 2018.
The Act will provide multiple benefits, including:
- Implementing a consistent compliance and enforcement regime for both gas and electricity energy sources;
- Authorising NSW Fair Trading officers to seize or remove any unsafe gas appliance where an offence has been committed or the appliance is unsafe;
- Aligning the maximum penalties for offences relating to gas safety with those relating to electricity safety; and, most importantly,
- Addressing deficiencies in the current gas consumer safety provisions to better provide consumers and the NSW public.
Source: Improved gas and electric safety standards to protect NSW Consumers | Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
“The guide provides minimum electrical safety criteria that could be applied to lithium-based battery energy storage equipment and is the result of extensive collaboration from system manufacturers, certifiers, safety regulators and industry bodies around Australia.”
“The Guide is voluntary for use by anyone in the supply chain of battery storage equipment. It is not referred to in any legislation as a mandatory requirement however, both electrical safety legislation and Australian Consumer Law requires electrical equipment to be safe and fit for purpose.”
IEC 62368-1 ED3: Audio/video, information and communication technology equipment – Part 1: Safety requirements has now been approved in the voting results as an international standard according to http://www.iec.ch/dyn/www/f?p=103:52:0::::FSP_ORG_ID,FSP_DOC_ID,FSP_DOC_PIECE_ID:1311,1011222,319501
Twenty six P-Members voted, and 100% of those were in favour, with no negative votes recorded. For those who have TC 108 sign-in credentials, the compilation of comments document can also be downloaded from the above link.