Australian and New Zealand Electrical Equipment Safety System—Equipment Safety Rules

The scheme was developed by the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC), which comprises representatives of the regulatory authorities responsible for electrical safety, supply and energy efficiency in New Zealand and the Australian States, Territories and Commonwealth. ERAC members manage electrical equipment safety through the uniform Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS) that forms part of their regulatory environment.

The EESS (and hence the scheme) is based on Australian / New Zealand Electrical Equipment Safety System - Equipment Safety Rules which apply to the sale of new electrical equipment. The Rules include technical requirements for suppliers and certifiers.

Applicant CABs will need to comply with the relevant requirements in the Australian / New Zealand Electrical Equipment Safety System - Equipment Safety Rules; e.g. sections 10.2, 10.4 and Appendix A.

As this is a product scheme, applicants also need to comply with ISO/IEC 17065:2012 – Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services.


  • Enables accredited CABs to apply to ERAC to be declared by participating Regulatory Authorities as Recognised External Certification Schemes (RECS).
  • As a declared RECS, accredited CABs can issue certificates that will be accepted by participating Regulatory Authorities as evidence of conformity of electrical equipment under the EESS.

Scheme owner

Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC).

More information

An application pack, application form and other relevant material is not available on this site. These documents are available through our SharePoint portal. If you are a body that we currently accredit, you can access this information through the Shared CAB Portal. If you are a new applicant, please complete an application enquiry form. Once this form is submitted, the Secretariat will contact you to advise the next steps.  For other stakeholders, please submit your inquiry through the online feedback form.