The RCM is now mandatory for electrical safety in Australia and New Zealand On March 1, 2013, Australia’s Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) commenced the transition to replace the C-tick and A-tick …
This paper and companion presentation were written by Paul W Robinson, Australia, and presented to the IEEE Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering (ISPCE) in Orange County, May 2016 …
Single compliance mark scheme begins
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has today introduced a single compliance mark (RCM) to illustrate a device’s compliance with all applicable ACMA standards—telecommunications, radiocommunications, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and electromagnetic energy (EME). The C-Tick and A-Tick compliance marks are being phased out.
This update has been revised on 2012-07-11 with new information. If you reviewed it before, please review it again now.
Until the official commencement of the EESS, some suppliers may wish to transition to the RCM sooner, to simplify production schedules. This is presently possible, with some limitations and conditions, under the legacy rules (excluding telecommunications products), but is not possible under the new rules until 1 March 2013. Please note the following issues related to this:
- The new AS/NZS 4417.1 & AS/NZS 4417.2 edition: 2012 standards were published on 29 June 2012. These will replace all of the earlier editions and parts of 4417.x on the 1st March 2013 (refer to the preface in the standards). Until then the RCM process requirements are unchanged, and the existing 2009 edition documents with their associated amendments continue to apply.
- The EESS registration database is not in production at the time of writing and cannot be used for official purposes, even though there’s a link to an evaluation version on the ERAC web site. The EESS database may be available for trial registrations later in 2012, but I’m advised these trial registrations will not have regulatory effect. If suppliers use the trial registration system, they will still need to re-register when the official database is cut over.
- The advice at this time is that the 2012 edition of AS/NZS 4417.1 cannot be used for EESS or ACMA purposes until 1 March 2013. The Preface says the 2012 edition “supersedes the 2009 edition … on 1 March 2013”. It does not say the 2012 edition can’t be used before that date. However regulators indicate that the 2009 editions and the associated legacy processes will remain in place until 1 March 2013.
- The 2009 edition legacy RCM standards can still be used until 1 March 2013, when the EESS is scheduled to commence, as they are currently being used up to now. The RCM registrar will continue to allow new supplier registrations up to the time the EESS commences. New-supplier registrations on the old system will terminate when the EESS process has officially begun.
- Note that under the 2009 edition legacy requirements, a level 1 electrical article under the EESS scheme (i.e non-declared electrical article) is required to have a Certificate of Suitability (or equivalent) from an Australian electrical safety authority before the RCM can be used. This applies too for EMC or radio-communications purposes (note that the legacy requirements don’t apply to telecommunications regulations). For battery-powered or ELV-powered EMC or radio-communications products, a Certificate of Suitability is not required, since it’s not mains-powered, thus out of scope of AS/NZS 4417.2:2009 (+Amdt1)
- Telecommunications products can’t use the RCM in lieu of the A-Tick mark until ACMA updates the relevant Telecommunications Labelling Notice (TLN) to give it legal effect, and formal registrations have commenced under the EESS. See the following web site: http://www.acma.gov.au/WEB/STANDARD/pc=PC_312467 for links to the various labelling notices managed by ACMA.
- Also under the legacy requirements, the supplier identification needs to be marked with the RCM on the products (this won’t be required under the 2012 RCM standard). This does allow several alternative forms of supplier ID, such as the company logo of the responsible company. It doesn’t have to be the registered supplier code number specifically
I hope this is clear. If you have any questions please let me know or leave a commen
ERAC members have confirmed that 1 July 2012 is no longer a viable date for implementation, as some States need more time to pass legislation through their respective Parliaments. ERAC has announced that the new system will commence from 01 March 2013 (excluding New South Wales). The ERAC website has been updated to reflect the new commencement date.
Also ACMA has announced that the commencement of the new ACMA labelling arrangements to replace the C-Tick and A-Tick marks with the regulatory compliance mark (RCM) has been postponed until 01 March 2013 to align with the revised commencement date for the ERAC EESS. Existing suppliers will have 3 years to register on the new database, and all devices labelled from 1 March 2016 will be required to bear the RCM. A device that has been labelled with the A-Tick or C-Tick prior to 1 March 2016 can still be supplied to the market. The current ACMA labelling arrangements apply until the commencement date.
Official ACMA Web page: http://www.acma.gov.au/WEB/STANDARD/pc=PC_410297
- The current arrangements apply until 1 July 2012,
- The new arrangements apply to new suppliers, not already on the ACMA supplier database, from 1 July 2012,
- From 1 July 2015, the arrangements will apply to all suppliers