Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM). Product Compliance for Australia & New Zealand
RCM Compliance Testing for Australia and New Zealand
C-Tick and A-Tick were replaced by the Regulatory Compliance Mark
A brief description of RCM compliance testing, approval & certification
Countries requiring the Regulatory Compliance Mark approvals
Regulatory Compliance Mark labelling is mandatory for certain product groups within Australia and New Zealand.
Certification, approval and compliance requirements
C-Tick and A-tick compliance marks were phased out and ended in March 2016. The old C-Tick and A-tick were consolidated with one single compliance mark, known as the RCM or Regulatory Compliance Mark. The new Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC) Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS) commenced on the same date. The result of these regulatory changes from the ACMA and ERAC is that the RCM logo will indicate compliance of a product with all applicable Australian regulatory requirements, namely:
- Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
- Electromagnetic energy (EME) / Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR)
- Electrical safety
All suppliers must register on a new national database and there is no longer a requirement to include supplier identification on product labelling.
Legal Implications of the Regulatory Compliance Mark scheme
Products must be compliant with the relevant applicable accepted standard. The ACMA has a published an EMC standards list that includes all recognised standards. These standards may include specific product standards for certain types of products. Alternatively, if a product standard does not apply, a generic standard could be used. Based upon the intended typical EMI environment the product will be used in. The ACMA utilize product classification levels for products within the EMC scope. Only products that fall under Medium or High-risk require evidence of compliance. Either through test reports or technical construction file (TCF). Showing the device complies with an applicable technical standard. Responsible suppliers must register on the National Database which is the foundation of the RCM system. If a responsible supplier wishes to use the RCM logo on a level 1 product then a declaration of conformance is required. Products incorporating Radiocommunication modules i.e. RF transmitters and receivers such as Bluetooth, WiFi and so on, require compliance under section 162 of the Radiocommunications Act 1992.
Responsible suppliers must determine if the device falls under the in-scope electrical equipment. A product that falls under this scope means the supplier must register on the EESS database. Certain products are “prescribed or declared articles”. These products must have tested electrical safety approvals under the RCM scheme.
RCM compliance certification & approvals requirements
Flow diagram and steps on how to get the RCM mark
ACMA and ERAC arrangements
EMC Compliance, labelling and record keeping for the Regulatory Compliance Mark
ACMA – Australian Communications and Media Authority
Overseas report reviews and other compliance requirments
Importing products for sale/distribution in Australia.
Who is responsible for product compliance?
- Manufacturers in Australia of electrical and electronic products, and vehicles and devices with internal combustion engines
- Importers in Australia of electrical and electronic products, and vehicles and devices with internal combustion engines
- Authorised agents in Australia acting on behalf of manufacturers or importers of electrical and electronic products, and vehicles and devices with internal combustion engines
The local supplier accepts total responsibility for device conformity. Thus they need to make a commercial decision on the level of testing required
I am importing a product from overseas for sale in Australia, do I need proof of RCM compliance?
Yes, you must have proof in the form of a full formal EMC test report(s) to an EMC standard(s) accepted by the ACMA.
Note: Compliance certificates or Declaration of Conformity statements (DoC’s) are not acceptable as proof of RCM compliance
Can I use an overseas test report for proof of compliance?
A test report from an overseas test laboratory can be used to demonstrate compliance. Provided a suitable ACMA accepted standard is applied. The report must prove testing has been performed correctly. The report should also clearly identify the product.
Acceptable RCM EMC standards are listed on the ACMA website: ACMA EMC Standards list.
Test reports from overseas laboratories must be written in English and must be original or certified copies.
How do I know the report and the information within are acceptable?
Adequate technical knowledge of the applicable ACMA accepted RCM EMC standards is essential. EMC Bayswater regularly performs reviews of overseas EMC test reports. We issue a detailed report of our findings highlighting any required actions/recommendations. We also detail other RCM housekeeping requirements.
What happens if an existing EMC test report is not available? Or is not acceptable as proof of RCM EMC compliance?
The product may need testing to meet the required Australian RCM EMC standards. This may involve complete or partial RCM testing. The scope of testing depends on the report assessment findings.
Is the cost of technical review worth it?
Having experts review your documents ensures peace of mind. Helping to ensure your products meet the requirements set by the ACMA is essential. The banning of sales, fines or product recalls is possible. Report assessment can prevent this before importation.
Are test laboratories, competency and test reports around the world the same?
Unfortunately no!! There is a major discrepancy in the standard of testing services. The technical understanding between testing laboratories worldwide varies. Many overseas test reports are rejected due to insufficient evidence to prove compliance. Only an accredited laboratory can provide 100% peace of mind.
I have a valid report, what now?
You must register on the ACMA supplier database. Fill out a Declaration of Conformity statement (in most cases). Label the product with the RCM logo. Keep your documents in a compliance folder. The folder may contain any relevant product information such as brochures or datasheets. Have the records available in case of an ACMA audit.
Why choose EMC Bayswater to review EMC test reports
The ACMA suggests that suppliers check the accreditation status of a laboratory. Not all laboratories hold accreditation for all standards and parts. An accredited testing laboratory has been assessed by an independent agency as competent. This may include providing accredited EMC testing services. The local accreditation agency in Australia is NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities). EMC Bayswater is accredited for the majority of RCM EMC testing standards. We have a dedicated team of experienced, knowledgeable qualified engineers. We ensure the highest level of service to our customers with short lead teams. Our facility incorporates modern equipment and a friendly environment. The ACMA suggest using a NATA laboratory as a risk-free investment.
For further RCM information such as using overseas reports etc please refer to our EMC test report validity assessment service page.
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Why use EMC Bayswater for your compliance approvals?
If your device does not comply, we can offer compliance engineering help (consulting, R&D). If your device does not comply, we can offer compliance engineering help (consulting, R&D). For extra information on EMC testing failures and fixes visit our blog section. Also about how we can help using consultancy and pre-compliance testing to achieve compliance.
We offer excellent customer support from a friendly team. Providing great value for high-quality testing and test reports. We provide a fast turnaround. Helping your product get to market with the shortest possible lead time. EMC Bayswater has accreditation for many of the mandated Australian EMC standards. In the case of a dispute, NATA endorsed accredited testing is favoured by the ACMA over others.
Please visit our Electromagnetic compatibility, EMC testing page for the types of types of EMC testing required.
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