Expert C-Tick and RCM Compliance Testing in Australia
C-Tick Testing, RCM Certification, Regulatory Compliance Mark, EMC Compliance Testing for RCM / C-Tick
Compliance with the Australian EMC regulations is mandatory and they apply to almost all electronic products supplied to the Australian market. Application of the RCM / C-Tick mark signifies compliance with appropriate Australian EMC standard. Requirements are currently limited to mains terminal disturbance voltage measurements (RF emissions travelling along the AC power lines), telecommunications terminal disturbance voltage measurements (RF emissions travelling along the telecommunication lines) and radiated RF emission measurements (RF emissions emanating from the device through the air).
The most commonly used Australian EMC standards are:
- AS/NZS CISPR 11 : EMC requirements for ISM Equipment
- AS/NZS CISPR 12 : EMC requirements for Spark Ignition Engines
- AS/NZS CISPR 13 : EMC requirements for Audio Visual and Broadcast Equipment
- AS/NZS CISPR 14 : EMC requirements for Appliances & Power Tools
- AS/NZS CISPR 15 : EMC requirements for Lighting Equipment
- AS/NZS CISPR 22 : EMC requirements for Information Technology Equipment
- AS/NZS 61000-6-3 : Generic EMC requirements for Residential and Commercial and Light Industrial Environments
- AS/NZS 61000-6-4 : Generic EMC requirements for Heavy Industrial Environments
Regulatory Compliance Mark – RCM
The three existing compliance marks are being consolidated into a single compliance mark. This will indicate a device’s compliance with all applicable ACMA regulatory arrangements (telecommunications, radio communications, EMC and EME) ; and with applicable electrical equipment safety requirements relevant to each state and territory in Australia.
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). The information on this page is based on a 1 March 2013 commencement date. The current arrangements apply until the commencement date.Arrangements for new suppliers
From 1 March 2013, new suppliers must register on the new database and use the RCM to indicate compliance with applicable ACMA regulatory arrangements.Arrangements for current suppliers
There will be a three-year transition period for current suppliers—those registered on the ACMA supplier database prior to the commencement date of 1 March 2013. These suppliers will have three years to register on the new database and start using the RCM. They will be permitted to label devices with the C-Tick or A-Tick until the end of the transition period.Devices labelled with the C-Tick or A-Tick before the end of the transition period and in accordance with the existing requirements will not need to be re-labelled. These devices will be permitted to remain on the market with their current label.From the end of the transition period—1 March 2016—all suppliers who are required to label their devices must register on the new database and use the RCM.About EESS
A new Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS) covering state and territory electrical equipment safety arrangements is proposed to commence on 1 March 2013. The RCM will be the only compliance mark for devices within the scope of the EESS. The transition arrangements for the EESS are different to those for the ACMA arrangements (for example, the new EESS arrangements will require suppliers to register on the new database within six months of the commencement date).Information about the EESS is available from www.erac.gov.au.Questions about the EESS should be directed to the ERAC Secretariat via email at Relationship to ACMA device compliance requirements
The introduction of the RCM will not affect the device compliance requirements of the relevant regulatory arrangements. Testing, record-keeping and evidential requirements will continue to be set out in the relevant labelling notices.Compliance Engineering are able to provide EMC compliance testing services to meet your C-Tick compliance requirements. We also offer a preliminary EMC measurements service, where investigations and modifications can be trialed. Experienced staff are on hand to assist with your investigations and a wide range of EMC suppression components are available for use.
For more information on compliance requirements in Australia, please refer to the following articles:
- C-Tick / RCM and Supplier Obligations
- RCM Obligations (PDF 216KB)
- Application to use regulatory compliance marks (PDF 42 kB)
- Declaration of Conformity Form (PDF 45 kB)
- List of EMC Standards for C-Tick / RCM Compliance
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Using CE Test Reports for C-Tick/ RCM Compliance
- Short Range RF Devices and Australian Compliance Requirements
- EMC requirements for luminaires
- C-Tick/ RCM requirements for Petrol Engines
- ACMA C-Tick / RCM booklet (PDF 953 kB)
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For more information on EMC compliance testing services available in Australia, please don’t hesitate to contact us on (03) 9763 3079. We also provide RF shielding, vibration and shock testing, EMF shielding, interference investigation, environmental testing and CE testing.
As one of Australia’s most prominent testing companies, Compliance Engineering has experience in compliance testing of a wide range of products. Our testing facilities utilise current equipment and procedures to ensure efficient tests and accurate results every time.
In addition to our product compliance testing services for manufacturers and importers, Compliance Engineering offer online information resources including three RF conversion calculators, which are free to use by the engineering industry professionals and students alike.