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You should purchase electrical appliances with product information (e.g. brand, model and rated voltage, etc.) and fitted with 3-pin plugs which comply with the safety requirements, unless when the appliance is fitted with a 2-pin plug which comply with safety standards and is designed to receive power supply from a shaver supply unit inside a bath room.

There is no pre-approval registration requirement for household electrical products supplied in Hong Kong.  Currently, the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department operates a voluntary registration scheme which covers 24 types of household electrical products -

AdaptorSplit type air conditionerWindow type air conditioner
Air purifierCompact fluorescent lampDehumidifier
Extension unitFanHair dryer
Hot potFixed type induction cookerPortable type induction cooker
Electric ironMicrowave ovenRange hood
RefrigeratorRice cookerRoom heater
Digital TV set-top boxCRT television setLCD/Plasma TV
Vacuum cleanerWasherElectric water heater

Electrical products of the above categories can be registered under the voluntary registration scheme if they have been issued with a certificate of safety compliance in accordance with the Electrical Products (Safety) Regulation.  A list of the registered products has been posted on EMSD's website, please click here.

For electrical appliances not in the above categories, you may refer to the " Safety Tips for Buying and Using Electrical Appliances" in the Household Electrical Safety Handbook (PDF) issued by the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department.

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Last update: 3 May 2022
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