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Electrical Appliances and Materials Safety Act

Outline

Purpose of the Act

The Purpose of the Act is to prevent hazards and disturbances caused by Electrical Appliances and Materials. The Act regulates the manufacture, import, sale, etc. of Electrical Appliances and Materials to accomplish this purpose.

Scope of the Act

“Electrical Appliances and Materials” are defined in the Act as follows;

  1. Parts of electrical facilities for general use or machines, appliances, or materials used in connection thereto
  2. Portable power generators
  3. Secondary batteries

Electrical Appliances and Materials subject to the Act refer to 457 items designated in the Cabinet Order, including 116 Specified Electrical Appliances and Materials as especially liable to cause hazards and disturbances.

Specified Electrical Appliances and Materials (Category A); 116 items

 

Examples

  • AC/DC Power Supply Units
  • Extension Power Supply Cords
  • Fuse, etc.

Non-Specified Electrical Appliances and Materials (Category B); 341 items

 

Examples

  • TV Receivers,
  • Electric Cooling Appliances
  • LED Lamps,
  • Electric refrigerators and electric freezers, etc.

Points of the Act for Notifying Suppliers

(1) Notification of Business to METI (§3 of the Act)

(2) Obligation to Comply with Technical Requirements (§8 of the Act)

(3) Conformity assessment by Registered CABs (§9 of the Act)

Regarding the Specified Electrical Appliances and Materials (Category A ; 116 items), Notifying Suppliers are obliged to undergo conformity assessments of the Conformity Assessment Bodies registered by METI (hereafter, CABs) for each type classification, in addition to the mandatory self-inspection.

(4) PSE Labeling Requirements (§10 of the Act)

Only those Notifying Suppliers who have fulfilled the obligations mentioned above can affix the PSE Labeling on their products.

(5) Restriction of Sale (§27 of the Act)

Without the PSE Labeling specified in the article 10 of the Act, sale and/or exhibition of Electrical Appliances and Materials is prohibited in Japan.

Last updated:2019-06-05