LED Compliance

These notices hold significant importance for individuals involved in the testing, certification, importation, supply, or manufacturing of such products. Understanding these updates is essential to ensure that your illuminated signage meets compliance requirements, offering protection in case of any unforeseen incidents.

Of particular note, these notices specifically address high-risk and medium-risk articles, with LED drivers now falling under the high-risk category. This means that importers, whether they are suppliers like Computaleta or individual importers sourcing directly from countries such as China, bear the responsibility of ensuring the safety of these products.

Each LED driver should be accompanied by a Supplier Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) document. Electricians must review these SDoCs before signing off on the illuminated sign’s code of compliance. An SDoC is a document that has a description of the article and a test report confirming how it complies with the required standard or AS/NZS 3820.

As drivers are considered to be a high-risk product, they must be formally approved or else covered by certification or registration on the Electrical Equipment Safety Scheme (EESS) that is recognised as an approval under the regulations before being offered for supply or supplied in New Zealand.

Failure to comply could lead to serious consequences in the case of accidents, such as fires, as witnessed in various incidents reported in 2023. WorkSafe investigations and potential nationwide recalls could ensue.

Furthermore, WorkSafe conducts audits of electrical products available in the market. If selected for audit, importers must be prepared to give accredited reports, approval certificates, and safety SDoCs within a 10-working-day timeframe.

What if you are importing a pre-made sign with LED drivers and modules already installed? In such cases, while an SDoC may not be needed, the sign must still comply with AS/NZS requirements, necessitating AS/NZS-approved LED lighting and drivers.

At Computaleta, we have taken proactive steps to ensure compliance for the OSRAM drivers we supply. Registered in the EESS Registration Database as a responsible supplier, Computaleta provides LED drivers with the necessary SDoCs to meet compliance standards. Additionally, all drivers undergo independent testing to AS/NZS Standards, offering peace of mind to users and installers alike.

Staying abreast of the latest WorkSafe regulations and ensuring compliance with safety standards is imperative for all involved in the supply chain of electrical products. By adhering to these guidelines, businesses can uphold safety standards, mitigate risks, and protect both consumers and themselves from potential liabilities.

All our SDoCs are available to download on the driver product pages

If you would like to know more about our OSRAM LED modules and drivers, or have an illuminated sign mapped for fitout, contact our LED Specialist today: aaron.morrison@clgroup.co.nz.

*For more information refer to Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010 (under Regulations 86 and 86A) and go to worksafe.govt.nz (see Electricity > Appliances and fittings > High and medium risk products).