New Start Date for Australian Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS), and ACMA RCM Adoption

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)Image 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.

ERAC – EESS Web Site Now Available


ERAC has now published some material about the EESS (electrical equipment safety system) on their Web site. You can see their official information at 

(when you get to that link, click on the EESS Tab at the top of the page to get to the EESS page, then click on the + sign at the left for full navigation)

… Please note that some parts of the site are still under development, and will be edited and/or added to in time.

ACMA: C-Tick and A-Tick marks to be phased out for RCM, from 1 July 2012

Official ACMA Web page:

  • 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

Australia’s Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS), and RCM for March 2013 (revision 6b)

Australian and New Zealand electrical safety regulators have combined to produce a unified product safety compliance system for electrical equipment. The attached paper describes the new system in some detail, from an ICT equipment supplier’s perspective. This is based on a range of source material which may be subject to change. It also covers application of the regulatory compliance mark (RCM) under the telecommunications, radiocommunications and EMC regulatory frameworks.



2012-07-04 Revision 6 Update

  • Incorporates new start date of 1 March 2013
  • Incorporates formal publication of the new RCM standards AS/NZS 4417.1 & .2 :2012
  • Added a new section 3, discussion on how to use the RCM prior to new start date.
  • Sundry consequential edits.
  • Revision 6a: minor edits.
  • Revision 6b: corrections to Section 3 based on new expert feedback.

2012-03-08 revision 5 update:

  • Added registration fee details, and mention of authorised representatives (in 1.3)
  • Added term of certificates and certification bodies placing on the database (in 1.4.3).
  • Added some details about certification bodies and test lab qualifications and requirements (in 1.5).
  • Added section on audits and enforcement (1.10).
  • Added RCM discussion on NZ EMC & radiocommunications (2.3).
  • Added Document Control section (4).
  • General reformatting, editorials & clause renumbering throughout.

2012-03-05 Update: Version 4 includes new details of ACMA’s adoption of the RCM into their regulations.

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