When considering the how to approach the compliance for the RCM Radiocommunications requirements for Australia we need to consider the the ACMA requirements and also the product itself, i.e. what type of transmitter or receiver the product is.
EMC compliance for HDMI Radiated Emissions testing (EMI) in Australia is a subject that many designers face with HDMI been incorporated into many consumer products. At EMC Bayswater we quite often see high speed data ports with cables that connect to various other products such as Ethernet Local Area Networks (LAN), HDMI etc. Many times these ports have been developed over years and have defined drivers with suitable filtering and so forth. HDMI poses a similar problem to the computer monitor video signal of the past apart from using faster data speeds and been much more complex.
Considering adding Bluetooth to your product? Not sure what Bluetooth EMC compliance is required. EMC compliance when adding Bluetooth to your host product may seem to some straight forward and to others a compliance nightmare. Hopefully this blog will help you get on track!
EMC Bayswater are often asked about products with Wireless integrated telecommunication modules for RCM compliance such as 2G, 2.5G & 2.75G (GSM, GPRS & EDGE), 3G (WCDMA, UMTS, HSPA) or 4G (LTE) modules. usually these wireless modules come with existing certifications with the idea of making the route of compliance for the intended market easier. The biggest confusion comes around how to go about the process of re-evaluating or testing a host product with such a module installed.
What is the A-Tick and C-Tick logo’s on products? In Australia the A-Tick and C-Tick logo on a product indicated that the products manufacturer was claiming that the product had been verified to comply with the compliance requirements for Australia. The C-Tick and A-Tick are now officially legacy logo’s these should now only be found on older products. These compliance marks were phased out over a 3 year period. This scheme was brought to an end on the 1st of March, 2016.
As of 1 March 2016 all electrical/electronic devices entering the Australian market, either locally or by import, must comply with the appropriate EMC standard if they fall under the scope of one of the EMC standards mandated by the Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA). Compliance is by means of Declaration of Conformity (DoC) and suppliers placing products on the Australian market must ensure that each product meets the appropriate EMC standard and be labelled with the RCM label.
With the recent introduction to the Australian marketplace of limits on the unintentional emission of electromagnetic energy  by electrical and electronic devices, some new terminology and titles have to be understood by manufacturers and importers of electronic goods. While the role of a Test House is generally understood, there appears to be much confusion about the role of a Competent Body. The purpose of this article is to explain and clarify the role of a ‘Competent Body’ (CB), to explain what it is, and equally importantly, to explain what it is not. It is hoped that, armed with this information, manufacturers and importers will be able to make a better informed choice when it comes to deciding which is the best route to comply with Australia’s EMC Framework regulations.