Australia & New Zealand Make MEPS Testing Mandatory For Power Supplies & Battery Chargers

September 05, 2007 by Jeff Shepard

The Australian and New Zealand governments announced that they are implementing new regulatory requirements for external power supplies and certain battery chargers (also known as ‘ac adaptors’, ‘plug packs’ or ‘power-packs’). These requirements seek to improve the energy efficiency of electrical products (MEPS) and minimize 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, while part 2 addresses MEPS requirements.

The date for implementation of MEPS for external power supplies and certain battery chargers is April 1st, 2009. This new requirement will affect every supplier of IT and Telecommunications devices and electrical appliances that use external power supplies and battery chargers.