Upcoming regulatory changes in Australia

RCM compliance mark and MEPS energy labels

RCM compliance mark
Australia’s three compliance marks (C-Tick, A-Tick and RCM) will all be combined in the RCM. This will indicate a device's compliance with all applicable ACMA regulatory arrangements (for telecommunications, radiocommunications, EMC and EME) and with applicable state and territory electrical equipment safety requirements.

The C-Tick and A-Tick compliance marks will be phased out. A new database will be established for all supplier registrations. The new RCM labels do not include identification of the supplier. The database, which will be used by both ACMA and state regulators, will be available as of the commencement date of the regulations.
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The database will be operated by ACMA and will contain information about products
and their Australian suppliers.

The regulations will apply to new suppliers as of the commencement dates:
- 1 March 2013 Queensland
- 1 July 2013 Other states except New South Wales

There will be a three-year transition period for current suppliers (which will be issued with a supplier code before 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.

For more information see the following news article.

MEPS (E3) energy labels
MEPS (Minimum Energy Performance Standard) labels are now issued by a new body, GEMS, instead of by the state regulators. The cost of applying for a label depends on the product type. The new system does not affect the Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) programme for cooperation in this field between Australia and New Zealand.

Requests for new registrations must be addressed to GEMS and existing registrations will need to be transferred to the national GEMS system. Holders of NSW registrations must do this before 1 April 2013. Holders of other state registrations have until 1 October 2013.

To register or for further assistance, please contact us.

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