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Argentina:
current regulations: - Resolución 92/98
standards: IRAM 2073: Fichas bipolares con toma de tierra para uso domiciliario. De 10 A y 20 A, 250 V de corriente alterna. Two-poles electrical plug with earthing contact, for 10 A, 250 V, of alternative current for household and similar purposes.
IRAM 2063: Fichas eléctricas bipolares sin toma de tierra, de 10 A, 250 V de corriente alterna, para usos domiciliarios y similares. Two-poles electrical plug without earthing contact, for 10 A, 250 V, of alternative current for household and similar purposes.
links: Secretaria de Industria Comercio y Pyme
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Australia:
current regulations: - Electricity Safety Act 1945
- NSW Office of Fair Trading circular related to: Amended requirements for the insulation of live pins of plugs and equipment with integral pins in PDF format (direct link to NSW Office of Fair Trading website).
standards: AS/NZS 3112: Approval and test specification - Plugs and socket-outlets
links: Australian State Regulatory Authorities:
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Brazil:
current regulations: Resolução Conmetro nº 08 de 26/07/1988 , Portarias Inmetro nº 136 de
04/10/2001 e nº 134 de 15/7/2002
standards: NIE-DINQP-051
NBR 6147 (similar to IEC 60884-1)
links: Inmetro
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China:
current regulations: Law of the People's Republic Of China on import export commodity inspection

Regulations for the Implementation of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Import and Export Commodity Inspection

Regulations for Compulsory Product Certification (December 03, 2001)
First Catalogue of Products Subject to Compulsory Certification
Ministry Of Information Industry: "Management Methods for the Prevention and Control of Pollution from Electronics Information Products" (电子信息产品生产污染防治管理法)
standards: Plugs and Socket-outlets for Household and Similar General Purpose
GB2099.1-1996: "Plugs and socket-outlets for household and similar purposes Part 1: General requirements”
GB2099.2-1997: "Plugs and socket outlets for household and similar purposes Part 2: Particular requirements for socket-outlets for appliances."
GB1002-1996: "Single phase plugs and socket-outlets for household and similar purposes  type, basic specifications and dimensions"
GB1003-1996: "Three phase plugs and socket-outlets for household and similar purposes  type, basic specifications and dimensions"
GB17465.1-1998: "Appliance couplers for household and similar general purpose - Part 1: General requirements
GB17465.2-1998: "Appliance couplers for household and similar general purpose - Part 2: Interconnection couplers for household and similar equipment
links: Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA)
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Denmark
current regulations: Lov om elektriske stærkstrømsanlæg og elektrisk materiel - Heavy Current Act (Lov nr.251, 6 May 1993)
Elektricitetsrådet - Materiel nr. 04/98
Elektricitetsrådet - Materiel nr. 09/02
standards: Afsnit 107-2-D1 : Stikpropper og stikkontakter til brug i boliger o.l.
EN 50 075: Flat non-rewirable two-pole plugs, 2.5 A 250 V, with cord, for the connection of class II-equipment for household and similar purposes
links: Elektricitetsrådet - The Electricity Council
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Finland
current regulations: Electrical Safety Act of Finland (410/1996)
standards: SFS 5610: Plugs and socket-outlets for household use and similar purposes. Part 1: General requirements
SFS-EN 50075: Plugs and socket-outlets for household and similar purposes. Flat non-rewirable two-pole plugs 2,5 A 250 V with cord for the connection of class II-equipment
links: Safety Technology Authority, TUKES
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France
current regulations:
standards: NF C 61-303: Electrical accessories for domestic and similar purposes. 10/16 A 250 V plugs and socket-outlets and cable couplers.
links: AFNOR Association Française de Normalisation
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Germany
current regulations: Law on equipment safety 1993 - Law on equipment safety; Ordinances on electrical equipment, on toys, on gas operated installations and on noise information; Appendix A, B and C - Gerätesicherheitsgesetz 1993
standards: DIN VDE 0620-101: Plugs and socket-outlets up to 400 V 25 A; flat non-wirable two pole plugs, 2,5 A 250 V, with cord, for the connection of class-II-equipment for household and similar purposes.
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Hong-Kong
current regulations: the Electricity Ordinance (Cap 406)
Electrical Products (Safety) Regulation (Cap 406G)
standards: BS1363: 13 A plugs, socket-outlets and adaptors. Specification for 13A fused connection units switched and unswitched
links: Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region - Electrical and Mechanical Services Department
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India
current regulations: Household Electrical Appliances (Q.C.) Order 1981, Order 1988, Order 1993
standards: IS 1293 : Plugs and Socket-Outlets of Rated Voltage Up to and Including 250 Volts and Rated Current Up to and Including 16 Amperes - Specification
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Japan
current regulations: Electrical Appliance and Material Safety Law (Law No. 234, 1961)

DENKI YOHIN ANZEN HO (in Japanese) (DENAN) or Electrical Appliance and Material Safety Law
Effective Date: April, 2001

Ordinance Concerning International Certificates, etc. under Article 35 of the Law for Implementation of the Mutual Recognition between Japan and the European Community in relation to Conformity Assessment of Specified Equipment (Ordinance of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, No. 208 of 2001)
Designating Authorities: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
standards: JIS-C 8303 : Plugs and receptacles for domestic and similar general use
marking requirements: As plugs and cordsets are covered by the Denan Law as specific electrical appliances, they must carry the PSE mark (and the name of the importer IF the cordset is imported as the single end product). To get your own certificate at the lowest cost (if you are importer of the cordset), contact us.
useful guides: Guide to Conformity Assessment for the Specified Electrical Appliance and Material (Japan Electric Cable Technology Center)

English Translations of Japanese Laws
links: JISC - Japanese Industrial Standards Committee
JSA - Japanese Standards Association

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Singapore
current regulations: Safety Law (Law No. 234, 1961)

Consumer Protection (Trade Descriptions and Safety Requirements) Act (Chapter 53)

Consumer Protection (Safety Requirements) Regulations 2002
Effective Date: April, 2001
authorities: Singapore Productivity and Standards Board
standards: BS1363 : 13 A plugs, socket-outlets and adaptors. Specification for 13A fused connection units switched and unswitched
links: Singapore Productivity and Standards Board
http://www.spring.gov.sg/portal/products/CPS/safety.html

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Russia:
current regulations: Federal Law No. 184-FZ (No. 184-ФЗ) of December 27, 2002
<О техническом регулировании>. No. 184-ФЗ, 27.12.2002
standards: GOST
links: Euro-Asian Council for Standardization, Metrology and Certification (EASC)
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Republic of South-Africa:
current regulations: - Standards Act no.29 of 1993 (full text)
- Government Notice No.R662
- Standards Act: Proposed amendment of compulsory specification: Cord sets and cord extension sets, (Gazette 27409, Regulation Gazette 8194), 1 April 2005
standards: SABS 164-1: Plug and socket-outlet systems for household and similar purposes for use in South Africa Part 1: Conventional system, 16 A 250 V a.c.
SABS 164-3: Plug and socket-outlet systems for household and similar purposes for use in South Africa Part 1: Conventional system, 6 A 250 V a.c.
links: SABS
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Taiwan
current regulations: - The Standards Law (September 24, 1946), amended on November 26, 1997
- List of Electrical Products (including lighting products) subject to Measures Governing Registration of Product Certification, May 1, 2002
standards: CNS 3199: PVC insulated flexible cords
CNS 6797: Plugs and socket-outlets for appliances
CNS 3907 (C3045): Methods of test for plugs and receptacles for domestic and similar general use (cord sets)
CNS 10917 (C4412): General rules for cord sets
links: BSMI's English Home Page
Integration Center for Construction Specifications for Public Works (refer to Division 16: Electrical)

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United Kingdom
current regulations: The Plugs and Sockets etc (Safety) Regulations 1994 SI 1994 No. 1768
The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 SI 1994 No. 3260 (implementation of the Low Voltage Directive 73/23/EEC)
standards: BS1363 : 13 A plugs, socket-outlets and adaptors. Specification for 13A fused connection units switched and unswitched
guides: Home Safety Network - Department of Trade and Industry
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) -
Maintaining portable electrical equipment in hotels and tourist accommodation
links: Department of Trade and Industry
The Plugs and Sockets etc (Safety) Regulations 1994, SI 1994 No. 1768
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United States of America
current regulations: 29 CFR 1910 Subpart S - Electrical Standard: Under paragraph 1910.303(a), electrical conductors and equipment are acceptable for use in workplaces only if approved.
standards: NEMA standards
Marking requirements: Under the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) regulations 29 CFR 1910 Subpart S section 1910.303(e), electrical equipment may not be used unless the manufacturer's name, trademark, or other descriptive marking by which the organization responsible for the product may be identified is placed on the equipment. Other markings shall be provided giving voltage, current, wattage, or other ratings as necessary.
links: Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
Underwriters Laboratories Inc.,
 

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