Consumer Protection (Approved Standards for Restricted Electrical Products) Regulations 2016

Last updated: 8 July 2020

This regulation prohibits the import and/or sale of restricted electrical products based on their efficiency.


Products falling under this regulation are:

  • Households refrigerators (must comply with AS/NZS 4474.2:2009)
  • Air conditioners (must comply with AS/NZS 3823.2:2013)
  • Incandescent lamps (must comply with AS/4934.2-2011)
  • Linear fluorescent lamps (must comply with AS/NZS 4782.2:2004 and AS/NZS 4782.3:2006)
  • Compact fluorescent lamps (must comply with AS/NZS 4847.2:2010 and AS/NZS 4782.3:2006)
  • Fluorescent lamp ballast (must comply with AS/NZ 4783.2:2002)


In particular, for air conditioners, fall under the scope of this regulation single phase and three phase up to 65 kW rated total cooling capacity. As well as air-source heat pumps but not water-source heat pumps. The standard for minimum energy performance characteristics is AS/NZS 3823.2:2013, while the testing standard is AS/NZS 3823.1: 2012.


Moreover, this regulation oblige marketer to display energy efficiency labels on some electrical products as follow:

  • Household refrigerators (AS/NZS 4474.2:2009)
  • Air conditioners (AS/NZS 3823.2:2013)

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