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Electrical – New requirements for RCBOs amendment

ESV has imposed additional requirements on the supply of RCBOs (known as RCDs) that are designed to be permanently fixed to household or similar electrical wiring in Victoria.

Suppliers must undertake additional testing and verification that will ensure their products still operate satisfactorily if there is a defect in the installation or if the product has been installed incorrectly.

After consultation with industry, ESV has agreed to allow manufacturers a further 12 months to produce new models of RCDs that meet ESV’s strict standards. The revised prohibition notice will come into effect 1 July 2018.

ESV is currently assessing several models of RCBOs that have been submitted to ESV in response to the prohibition notice.  A register of the RCBOs that meet the additional requirements of the prohibition notice will be published 1 May 2018. Suppliers may submit their documentation and products to ESV for assessment at any time.

More information

Read more about the new requirements for suppliers in our safety alert page – RCBOs (known as residual current devices or RCDs).

The requirements are listed in the document Additional testing and verification requirements for RCBOs.