Introduction of RCM Certification

1、Brief Introduction

Under new ACMA labeling arrangements introduced from 1 March 2013, the ACMA is transitioning its regulatory arrangements toward the use of the RCM as the single compliance mark used to indicate an item’s compliance with applicable ACMA regulatory arrangements—that is, for telecommunications, radiocommunications, EMC and EME. An item can only be labeled with the RCM when it complies with all requirements under all relevant arrangements.

2、New ACMA Labeling Arrangements

The three existing compliance marks (C-Tick, A-Tick and RCM) are being consolidated into a single compliance mark—the RCM.

  • The RCM indicates a device’s compliance with applicable ACMA technical standards—that is, for telecommunications, radiocommunications, EMC and EME.
  • A national database has been designated for all supplier registration. A supplier must register on the database before applying the RCM to any item. The database is also used for registration of suppliers under the Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS) being introduced by some state and territory governments.
  • A supplier will not be required to include supplier identification on devices labelled with the RCM.
  • There are no changes to the testing and record-keeping requirements applicable to devices subject to ACMA arrangements.

3、About National Database and EESS

The national database for supplier registration is jointly used by the ACMA, the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC) and Radio Spectrum Management (New Zealand).
A supplier who intends to supply devices that are required to be labelled under an ACMA Labelling Notice must register on the database as a ‘responsible supplier’.
If registering only for ACMA purposes, a supplier must ensure that only the ACMA acknowledgement is checked.
A supplier who is registering for ACMA-only purposes is not able to enter any equipment details. There is no fee associated with ACMA-only registration.

A new Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS) is being introduced by some State and Territory electrical equipment safety regulators. The EESS is administered through ERAC. The RCM will be the only compliance mark for devices within the scope of the EESS. The transition arrangements for the EESS may vary to those of the ACMA.
The ACMA has no regulatory responsibility for the EESS arrangements.

4、Product Categories

1) ACMA only:
► Input rating: less than 50V AC RMS or 50 ripple-free DC.
This type is mainly aim at EMC, the below steps applied:

  1. Complete all EMC test, and obtain the EMC test report;
  2. Provide the local supplier information, includes ABN/IRDN, Company Name, Country, Address, Suburb, State/Postcode, First Name, Last Name, Position, Tel, Fax and Email;
  3. Register on the national database as a “responsible supplier”;
  4. Allow to use the RCM Logo;

2) EESS:
Input rating: greater than 50V AC RMS or 120V ripple-free DC (Extra-low voltage) and less than 1000V AC RMS or 1500V ripple-free (high voltage).


Since 1 March 2013, all EESS, in-scope electrical equipment:
a) is classified as level 1, level 2 or level 3;
b) previously classified as “prescribed” will be classified as level 3 and all previously classified equipment as non-prescribed equipment that meets the in-scope definition will be classified as level 1;
c) level 2 and level 3 equipment is defined in the latest AS/NZS4417.2 standards.


Note:
Currently, there are no level 2 in-scope electrical equipment defined in AS/NZS4417.2.

For Level 1:
The below steps applied:

  1. Complete all EMC and Safety tests, and obtain the EMC and Safety test reports;
  2. Provide the local supplier information, includes ABN/IRDN, Company Name, Country, Address, Suburb, State/Postcode, First Name, Last Name, Position, Tel, Fax and Email;
  3. Register on the EESS database as a “responsible supplier”, which will charge additional registration fee;
  4. Allow to use the RCM Logo;

For Level 2:
No scope;

For Level 3:
The below steps applied:

  • Complete all EMC and Safety tests, and obtain the EMC and Safety test reports;
  • Submit the Safety report to SAA certification body to obtain the SAA certificate;
  • Provide the local supplier information, includes ABN/IRDN, Company Name, Country, Address, Suburb, State/Postcode, First Name, Last Name, Position, Tel, Fax and Email;
  • Register on the EESS database as a “responsible supplier”, which will charge additional registration fee;
  • Register the equipment on the database, which will charge additional registration fee, you can choose the duration time (1 year, 2years or 5 years) with different fees.
  • Allow to use the RCM and SAA Logo;

5、RCM Certification Process

6、Lead Time and Fee

For ACMA only equipments, the lead time is normally 7 working days;
For EESS Level 1 equipments, the lead time is normally 2 to 3 weeks dependent on the specific equipment;
For EESS Level 3 equipments, the lead time for testing electrical equipment is normally 2 to 3weeks dependent on the specific equipment. The lead time for issuance of the SAA certificate is usually 10 to 15 working days. The SAA certification fee is dependent on an evaluation of the equipment information including instruction manual, photos, differences between models and etc.
Please contact our local sales if you have any enquiry about the lead time and fee!

 

7、Whether it’s mandatory?

Yes, it is. According to the standards and regulations:

8、Note for RCM

Please note that suppliers who were issued with an SCN by the ACMA prior to 1 March 2013 have a three-year transition period to 29 February 2016 to apply the RCM to devices or can choose to label with the RCM for the first time.
The downloadable RCM image must not be applied to a device until the supplier has registered on the new database.
Transitional arrangements will apply to all previous ACMA-registered suppliers (those that have been issued with a Supplier Code Number (SCN) by the ACMA prior to 1 March 2013 and continuing to label with the C-tick or A-tick compliance label).
For first-time Suppliers:

  1. The following applies to first-time suppliers—those who do not have a supplier code number (SCN).
  2. Suppliers must register on the national database.
  3. Suppliers must label with the RCM to indicate compliance with applicable ACMA regulatory arrangements, including all technical and record-keeping requirements.

For all previous ACMA-registered Suppliers

  1. The following applies to all suppliers who were issued with a supplier code number (SCN) prior to 1 March 2013:
  2. There is a three-year transition period ending on 29 February 2016.
  3. Suppliers can continue to label devices with the C-Tick or A-Tick until the end of the transition period.
  4. Suppliers have until the end of the transition period to register on the national database, once registered they can transition to using the RCM.
  5. Devices labelled with the C-Tick or A-Tick before the end of the transition period will not need to be relabelled.

From 1 March 2016

  • All suppliers must use the RCM as the compliance label;
  • Devices that were labelled with the C-Tick or the A-Tick can continue to be supplied until labelled stock has been exhausted.
  • A small number of suppliers have been previously using the RCM with a SCN as part of the compliance label. These suppliers can continue to label in this manner but must transition to the new arrangements by registration on the database before the end of the transition period.

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1. Anbotek belongs to the first batch of China’s private enterprises, can provide you with a professional and efficient service, and the most competitive service cycle.


2. Anbotek can provide the most valuable service price;


3. Anbotek has large numbers of experienced technical persons, and has the professional crew to study and analyze the standards and regulations, which can help your equipment to meet the latest requirements;


4. Anbotek has more than 11 years experience in testing and certification to ensure your equipment to be certified in the earliest time!


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