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.