25 November 2014

In 2014 the GEMS Regulator conducted a Survey of Compliance with GEMS Registration Requirements – Lamps which focused on the 16 worst performing retail stores from the 2013 survey. Non-compliant retailers and suppliers have been directed to take immediate steps to remedy all non-compliance and have been put on notice that GEMS inspectors will be conducting follow-up inspections over the coming months.

The GEMS Regulator is also currently conducting check testing on a range of lighting products including:

  • CFLs (Initial/2000 hours test and switching withstand);
  • linear fluorescent lamps (life testing); and
  • linear fluorescent ballasts and halogens (Initial/1500/life testing).

 The recent testing of 16 models of linear fluorescent lamps for prescribed mercury content revealed an 87.5% compliance rate with the result that one registration has been cancelled, whilst another model is still under investigation.

 Under the GEMS Act, a product which uses energy or affects the amount of energy used by another product; and, is in a product class covered by a GEMS determination, is known as a GEMS product. GEMS products can only be supplied or offered for supply, or used for a commercial purpose, if:

  • the model of the product is registered under the GEMS Act against the relevant determination; and
  • the product complies with the determination; and
  • the supply, offer, or use complies with the determination.

 The GEMS Regulator, assisted by GEMS inspectors with inspection, monitoring, and investigation powers, manages a compliance monitoring programme comprising:

  • GEMS product check testing – with a focus on verifying MEPS and energy rating labelling claims.
  • Market surveillance – with a focus on energy rating labelling and registration requirements.
  • Responding to allegations of non-compliance.

 If you manufacture, import, or supply a product that is regulated for energy efficiency, it is important to understand what your legal obligations under the GEMS Act are.