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 and needs 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 and Declaration of Conformity statements (DoC’s) are not acceptable proof of RCM compliance!!
Can I use an overseas test report for proof of compliance?
A test report from an overseas test laboratory may be used to demonstrate compliance provided a suitable standard has been applied, the report categorically proves testing has been performed correctly and the product is clearly identified.
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 is acceptable?
Adequate technical knowledge of the applicable ACMA accepted RCM EMC standards is essential. EMC Bayswater regularly perform technical reviews of overseas EMC test reports for many satisfied customers. We issue a detailed report of our findings highlighting any required action and recommendations. We also detail other RCM housekeeping requirements. We can also provide any testing services that may be required to help you reach the market as quickly as possible.
For more information on our report review services visit our website page.
What happens if an existing EMC test report is not available or is technically not acceptable as proof of RCM EMC compliance?
The product will require testing to meet the required Australian RCM EMC standards. This may involve complete or partial EMC RCM testing, depending on the report assessment findings.
Is the cost of technical review worth it?
Having peace of mind that the experts have reviewed your documents to ensure your products meet the requirements set by the ACMA is essential. Banning of sales, fines or product recalls are possible. Report assessment can prevent this before importation and distribution have occurred when it may be too late.
Are test laboratories, competency and test reports around the world the same?
From our experience of technically reviewing many overseas test reports, including those from accredited laboratories, unfortunately no!! There is a major discrepancy in the standard of testing services and technical understanding between testing laboratories worldwide. Many overseas test reports are rejected due to insufficient evidence to demonstrate compliance to the applicable ACMA RCM EMC requirements. Only a RCM testing accredited laboratory can provide 100% peace of mind.
I have a valid report, what now?
You must obtain a supplier code from the ACMA, fill out a Declaration of Conformity statement, label the product with the RCM logo/supplier code and keep your documents in a compliance folder in case you are audited by the ACMA. The folder must also contain any relevant product information such as brochures or datasheets. For downloadable forms and further information & example RCM Declaration of Conformity visit our RCM page.