RCM Fact Sheet - Regulatory Compliance Mark
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Current use of the RCM
The Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) is a registered trademark of Australian regulators that signifies a supplier's claim that a product meets applicable regulatory requirements. It can indicate compliance with EMC and radio communications requirements as set down by the Australian Radio Communications Act and New Zealand Radio Communications Regulations.
It may also be used to claim compliance with electrical safety requirements for certain products as mandated by the various state electrical safety Acts.To get a complete understanding of the RCM’s current usage it is recommended that you purchase the following standards:
AS/NZS4417.1: General rules for use of the mark
AS/NZS4417.2: Specific requirements for electrical safety regulatory applications
AS/NZS4417.3: Specific requirements for electromagnetic compatibility regulatory applications AS/NZS4417.4: Specific requirements for radio apparatus regulatory applications
More information is available on the Standards Australia website: http://www.rcm.standards.org.au/
To find out what services EMCSI offers on the RCM go to our pages marked EMC, LIPDs, Electrical Safety and Agency Agreements
Proposed use of the RCM as taken from the ACMA and ERAC websites
The three existing compliance marks (C-Tick, A-Tick and RCM) are being consolidated into a single compliance mark—the RCM. This will indicate a device's compliance with all applicable ACMA regulatory arrangements—that is, for telecommunications, radiocommunications, EMC and EME—and with applicable state and territory electrical equipment safety requirements.The C-Tick and A-Tick compliance marks are to be phased out.
A new database will be established for all supplier registration and the supplier identification requirements removed from the labelling notices.To learn more go to the ACMA’s website.The changes are proposed to start on 1 March 2013 to align with the proposed commencement date for the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC) Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS) (see below).
The Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC) is the peak body of electrical safety regulators in Australia and New Zealand. ERAC acts to ensure electrical safety regulatory systems are contemporary and harmonised wherever possible. A number of emerging challenges and problems with the electrical equipment safety systems across Australia and New Zealand led ERAC to commission an independent consultant to conduct a comprehensive review in 2007.
As a result of the review, a number of recommendations were made to improve and harmonise the electrical equipment safety system (EESS) and these have been implemented by ERAC.The new EESS will commence on 1 March 2013, and has the following features in relation to “in-scope” electrical equipment:· Nationally consistent, electrical equipment safety legislation throughout Australia and New Zealand that will greatly increase consumer safety.·
A National Database where all suppliers and certain types of equipment must be registered prior to being offered for sale. This will allow equipment to be easily traced to its supplier and act as a gateway to the legal supply of electrical equipment in Australia and New Zealand.·
Risk based classification of equipment into 3 levels (Level 3 = High Risk, Level 2 = Medium Risk and Level 1 = Low Risk) with different requirements for each level.·
A self-funding, user-pays system where registration fees fund improved compliance, surveillance and post-market enforcement activities.·
Registration of a ‘Responsible Supplier’, who is a manufacturer or importer of in-scope electrical equipment and who is a legal entity in Australia or New Zealand, has the onus of responsibility for ensuring the safety of the electrical equipment they sell.·
Technical safety requirements have not changed under the EESS, but tighter evidence of conformity is required for some items.ERAC has developed a guide for Manufacturers and Importers, Suppliers and Retailers of electrical equipment. The guide relates to supplying safe electrical equipment.
Sources: ACMA and ERAC websites; all copyright retained by these bodies.
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