The current economy makes turning to China for goods worthwhile. Even with manufacturing and custom parts, China organisations are more than willing to accept low MOQ’s to increase trade.
All these things make it appealing for smaller businesses (and large ones alike) to turn to our Chinese friends for services and goods.
However, there are some considerations to understand before placing your order. Particularly with electronic/electrical devices.
Leading on from the last blog around EESS/ERAC requirements, there are some things to determine when planning for your next product.
Regulatory Obligations, certification, and evidence.
What is the safety or performance requirements of the goods you are bringing into the country?
Such requirements should be firstly linked to Australian standards, then harmonized international equivalents, or general standards if the former do not exist.
What certificates do you need to attain to establish evidence of device safety and performance?
As you are the first point of distribution within the country, you need to show regulators how your device is safe for use within Australia. This includes EMC specific considerations. Keep in mind that the testing needs to apply Australian specific amendments and requirements, if any and your certificate needs to reflect this.
Is your device already sold in Australia?
It’s irrelevant if your have seen the exact same device on the market here. You will still be the first point of distribution and, as such, your device will need to be linked to your business identity. Someone having the device on the market means you cannot assume you are covered automatically.
Evidence of safety and conformance to performance standards is only as credible as the testing laboratory that executes the test.
Australia has strict requirements around international laboratories supplying certificates for use within Australian. Even though your manufacturer can supply you with a certificate showing device safety, it may not be valid in Australia.
This is a bigger issue for low risk devices. They are typically self-declared and may not undergo technical review of any kind. A lack of review does not absolve you of your obligations to prove your device safety. The certificate still matters.
Distinct Compliance Engineering can help your business navigate through the complexities of the regulations. Also Distinct can align you with the right testing laboratory to get the evidence you need.
Contact us to know more.