Check testing programme
EECA runs a programme to test regulated products sold in New Zealand to check if:
- products comply with Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS), and/or Mandatory Energy Performance Labelling (MEPL) requirements.
- product performance meets the manufacturer’s/importer’s claims.
Check testing process
EECA selects then purchases products and sends them to an independent, internationally-accredited laboratory. The lab conducts testing and produces a report with the raw data, test method, and pass or fail result. EECA reviews the test report and notifies the manufacturer/importer of the results.
Further testing of products that fail
If the product fails the first round of testing, EECA purchases more units of the same product and sends them to the lab for a second round of testing. These test reports may be peer reviewed by an expert to ensure robust testing procedure and reporting.
Enforcement action on failed products
Testing failures in the second round can result in compliance or enforcement action against the manufacturer/importer. This action can include a formal warning to rectify, withdrawal of the product from the market, reparation to consumers, prosecution, and fines of up to $10,000 per product. Testing pass and fail results are published on EECA’s website.
Will your product be check tested?
EECA’s Compliance Programme aims to test all 20 regulated products over a five year period. Our programme prioritises products with higher risk or greater impact on consumers. Other factors we consider when selecting products for testing include:
- high volume sales
- history of check testing failures or non-compliance
- energy intensive products
- new or rapidly changing technology
- changes in MEPS or testing standards
- third party complaints
- occurrence or suspicion of systemic industry failure.
The 2020-21 Compliance Programme has three products scheduled for testing: dishwashers, domestic fridge/freezers, and external power supplies.
Check testing results
In 2019/20 we tested four product classes:
- Air conditioners/heat pumps
- Compact fluorescent lamps
- Linear fluorescent lamps
Results are published as check testing is completed.
Labelling compliance surveys
Each year we visit retail stores to make sure the Mandatory Energy Performance Label (MEPL) requirements are being met.
In 2019/20, we surveyed 351 retail stores to monitor compliance of Mandatory Energy Performance Label requirements. Results showed compliance at approximately 95%.
EECA has access to import data for regulated products and their importers/manufacturers under an information disclosure agreement with the New Zealand Customs Service.
We use the data to work with importers/manufacturers in meeting their obligations under the Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002 and monitor compliance.