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What is the meaning of ACMA/RCM certification?

ACMA/RCM certification is different from other types of certification. As an Australian or a foreigner, you might be interested to jump into the AU marketplace.

What is RCM?

RCM is a mark labeled only on electrical equipment or EMC.  It is an abbreviation of the Regulatory Compliance Mark symbol (RCM) which attempts to cover the electrical safeties. Therefore, all manufacturers and importers found in Australia must have the RCM logo mark on their product before they get their product in the Australian marketplace.

What are the main areas of RCM Testing?

Electronic products sold in New Zealand and the Australian marketplace must have the RCM mark or RCM compliant. Also, before they will release into the Australian marketplace, they must pass through the following RCM testing compliance:

1.  EMC testing (Electromagnetic Compatibility)
2. Safety testing
3. EMR testing (Electromagnetic Radiation)
4. Telecommunications testing
5. Radiofrequency communications testing (Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) for New Zealand)

Who needs ACMA/RCM certification?

Generally, all manufacturers and importers of electrical products situated in NZ and Australia need to be RCM certified and additionally have ACMA certification.

ACMA changes to safety standards for IT/AV goods

From February 2022, the new standard will replace IEC/AS/NZS 60950-1 for IT equipment, and evidently, will replace IEC/AS/NZS 60065-1 (for AV equipment). Following the standards IEC/AS/NZS 60950-1 (IT equipment) and IEC/AS/NZS 60065-1 (AV equipment) that had replaced by a single new standard, IEC/AS/NZS 62368-1. Last, this change by ACMA affects you if your products are sold in the EU, North America and Australia.

For more information please follow the links –

Regulatory Type Approval Introduction – Australia Homologation, market access regulatory guidance – READ

Australia requires additional marking for electrical products, in addition to the standard RCM – READ

Australia updates the Low Interference Potential Devices Class License 2015 – READ

Oceania (SW Pacific) - Australia

Regulatory Authority
Austrailian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
Mandatory/Voluntary
Mandatory
Report Acceptance
Yes (Test report from ACMA recognized test lab)
In-country Testing Required
No
Local Representative Required
Yes
Label Mark Requirement
Yes
Certification Validity Period
No expiration
Notes
All devices that are labelled from March 1st, 2016 must have the RCM label.
Label Mark Example
Regulatory Authority
Austrailian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
Mandatory/Voluntary
Mandatory
Report Acceptance
S042 testing or S042 assessment based on CE/FCC RSE test reports
In-country Testing Required
TBD
Local Representative Required
Yes
Label Mark Requirement
Yes
Certification Validity Period
No expiration
Notes
All devices that are labelled from March 1st, 2016 must have the RCM label.
Label Mark Example
Regulatory Authority
ERAC
Mandatory/Voluntary
Mandatory
Report Acceptance
Yes
In-country Testing Required
Registration - mandatory based on ACMA & Safety
Local Representative Required
Yes - by local distributor
Label Mark Requirement
TBD
Certification Validity Period
Based on test report validiy
Notes
ERAC registration is nased on EESS Safety categories
Label Mark Example
ERAC – Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council
North America (3)
Oceania (SW Pacific) (4)

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