As electrical energy resources become limited and the impacts of the greenhouse emissions are being felt, the Australian and New Zealand governments are implementing new regulatory regimes for external power supplies and certain battery chargers (also known as ‘a.c. adaptors’, ‘plug packs’ or ‘power-packs’). These requirements are looking to improve energy efficiency of electrical products (MEPS) and minimise standby power usage.
The requirement is called Minimum Efficiency Performance Standards (MEPS) and is mandatory.
Australia and New Zealand have jointly developed a standard AS/NZS 4665, generically known as performance of external power supplies. AS/NZS 4665 part 1 deals with test methods and energy performance mark and part 2 with MEPS requirements.
The key date for implementation of MEPS for external power supplies and certain battery chargers is 1st April 2009.
This new requirement will affect every supplier of IT and Telecommunications devices and electrical appliances that use external power supplies and battery chargers.
Testing must be performed on the product to prove compliance with the appropriate Australian Minimum Efficiency Performance Standard (MEPS) laboratory such as Comtest Laboratories , or compliance can be proven by obtaining reports from other recognised sources.