Sri Lanka bans sales of non-standard plugs and sockets from 2019
(02/01/2018) – The implementation of National standard for plugs and socket outlets in Sri Lanka reached another milestone as the country banned sales of non-standard plugs, sockets, adapters, electrical appliances without square pin plugs from 1st of January 2019.
Accordingly, Sri Lanka cannot import, sale, store and manufacture non-standard plugs and socket outlets (round pin) other than 13 A, Type G plug and socket outlet for the domestic market.
However, the appliances with round pin, plugs and sockets that are already in use can remain until the end of their useful life, and the transition to the type G standard plug and socket would not require any premises to be re-wired purely for the purpose of compliance with the new standard, and the existing wiring now in use, may remain until the end of its useful life or 16th August 2038, whichever is earlier.
On 16th August 2016, the Government decided that Type G plug and socket outlet, widely known as the 13 A plug and socket outlet, and commonly referred to as the “square pin” plug and socket, would be the only national standard in Sri Lanka based on the policy advice by the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL).
PUCSL charged with creating an enabling environment for a smooth transition of non-standard plugs and sockets that are currently in use to the national standard.
Sri Lanka, prior to this decision on standardisation, used numerous types of plugs and sockets.
The plug on an appliance does not often fit the wall socket. Thus, electricity users adopt a variety of methods and devices such as universal wall sockets, adaptors with multiple sockets, and extension cords with universal sockets, many of which are unsafe, and cause the connection to be unreliable.
Use of various substandard plugs, sockets, electrical accessories, adapters, and extension cords, are one of the many causes of electrocution and fire, according to the monthly and annual report by the Sri Lanka Police.
With an objective of reducing deaths by accidental electrocutions to at most 20 by 2020 and to increase the electricity safety the PUCSL along with Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI), Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA), Department of Import & Export, Sri Lanka Customs (SLC), Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL), Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and Lanka Electricity Private Company (LECO) and Consultants joined hands in the process of forming the policy advice and implementing the national standard for plugs and socket-outlets for the country.
Following is the timeline of implementation of the National Standard,
16th August 2016 – The Government of Sri Lanka decided that the 13 A (Type G) will be the national standard for plugs and socket outlets in Sri Lanka
16th August 2017 – The Department of Import and Export Control issued a gazette (No. 2032/10) to prohibit the importation of non-standard plugs, sockets, adaptors, multi-sockets and extension cords
07th December 2017 – The Consumer Affairs Authority issued a gazette (No. 2048/39) banning the sale of non-standard plugs, sockets, adapters, multiple sockets, universal sockets, extension cords, electrical appliances without square pin plugs from 1st January 2019 onwards
01st January 2019 – Ban of sales non-standard plugs, sockets, adapters, electrical appliances without square pin plugs
For More Information: Anushika Kamburugamuwa, Assistant Director – Corporate Communication (0718622800)