Hot water bottles Unsafe Goods Notice

This notice prohibits the supply of rubber and PVC hot water bottles that don't meet the required standards.

Unsafe Goods (Hot Water Bottles) Notice 2016

Rubber hot water bottles that didn't meet the British Standard were first banned 26 November 2004, and supply was prohibited indefinitely from 11 December 2008.

The requirements were:

  • amended in 2015 to reflect updates to the relevant standard, BS 1970
  • made permanent in December 2016 through the Unsafe Goods (Hot Water Bottles) Permanent Prohibition Notice 2016.

This notice prohibits the supply of PVC and Rubber hot water bottles that don't meet BS 1970:2012 Hot water bottles manufactured from rubber and PVC.

Rubber and PVC hot water bottles must also show compliance of less 36 months old with BS 1970:2012 as issued by a laboratory under its ISO 17025 accreditation.

See the Unsafe Goods Notice below for the exact wording.

New Zealand Gazette website — Unsafe Goods (Hot Water Bottles) Permanent Prohibition Notice 2016(external link)

Import documentation

Importers and New Zealand suppliers of hot water bottles may be required to produce a test certificate for the New Zealand Customs Service or the Commerce Commission.

This certificate must:

  • be from a laboratory accredited to BS 1970:2012 under ISO 17025
  • certify that the hot water bottles comply with British Standard BS 1970:2012 Hot water bottles manufactured from rubber and PVC. Specification, and
  • be less than 36 months old.

This information must be made available to an officer of the New Zealand Customs Service or the Commerce Commission within 10 days of any such request.

International Organization for Standardization website — ISO/IEC 17025:2017 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories(external link)

BSI website — BS 1970:2012 Hot water bottles manufactured from rubber and PVC. Specification(external link)