New single compliance mark in Australia - RCM

The three existing compliance marks in Australia (C-Tick, A-Tick and RCM) are being consolidated into a single compliance mark—the RCM. This will indicate a device's compliance with all applicable ACMA regulatory arrangements—that is, for telecommunications, radiocommunications, EMC and EME—and with applicable state and territory electrical equipment safety requirements.  

The C-Tick and A-Tick compliance marks are to be phased out. A new database will be established for all supplier registration and the supplier identification requirements removed from the labelling notices.

Timetable for implementation
The changes are proposed to start on 1 March 2013 to align with the proposed commencement date for the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC) Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS) (see below).

The information on this page is based on a 1 March 2013 commencement date. The current arrangements apply until the commencement date.  

From 1 March 2013, the new arrangements will only apply to new suppliers—those not registered on the ACMA supplier database.

From 1 March 2016, the arrangements will apply to all suppliers.

Arrangements for new suppliers
From 1 March 2013, new suppliers must register on the new database and use the RCM to indicate compliance with applicable ACMA regulatory arrangements.

Arrangements for current suppliers
There will be a three-year transition period for current suppliers—those registered on the ACMA supplier database prior to the commencement date of 1 March 2013. These suppliers will have three years to register on the new database and start using the RCM. They will be permitted to label devices with the C-Tick or A-Tick until the end of the transition period.

Devices labelled with the C-Tick or A-Tick before the end of the transition period and in accordance with the existing requirements will not need to be re-labelled. These devices will be permitted to remain on the market with their current label.

From the end of the transition period—1 March 2016—all suppliers who are required to label their devices must register on the new database and use the RCM.

About EESS
A new Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS) covering state and territory electrical equipment safety arrangements is proposed to commence on 1 March 2013.

The RCM will be the only compliance mark for devices within the scope of the EESS.

The transition arrangements for the EESS are different to those for the ACMA arrangements (for example, the new EESS arrangements will require suppliers to register on the new database within six months of the commencement date).

Information about the EESS is available from www.erac.gov.au/. Questions about the EESS should be directed to the ERAC Secretariat via email at erac@justice.qld.gov.au.

Relationship to ACMA device compliance requirements
The introduction of the RCM will not affect the device compliance requirements of the relevant regulatory arrangements. Testing, record-keeping and evidential requirements will continue to be set out in the relevant labelling notices.

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