Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) Explained
This information was current as at July 18, 2023
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In this article we explain how and when the Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) is used. The use of this mark can be confusing as it is used by two different types of Regulators: The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and Electrical Regulators in each State under the Electrical Equipment Safey System (EESS). The RCM is affixed to products to show compliance to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) requirements for EMC, EME, Telecoms and Radio. However, this can be confusing because the RCM can also be used to show compliance of in-scope electrical equipment. If you would like to know more about in-scope and non in-scope electrical equipment, we have another video specifically on this topic.
Most electrical equipment will need to show compliance to the ACMA requirements, so will bear the RCM, this does not mean that the product is complaint, electrically safe or complies with the requirements under the Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS). However, there is a requirement for all electrical products no matter what the voltage or voltage type, whether in-scope or not, to be tested and shown to be safe. When requested by a Regulator, the manufacturer or importer must be able to show proof of testing and provide the supporting documentation. Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) testing is an important requirement for electronic and electrical products to ensure they can operate without causing interference to other devices and are immune to interference from other sources.
The RCM indicates that the product meets all the necessary regulatory requirements, including EMC. It is important to consult with a local EMC testing laboratory or an expert in Australian regulatory requirements to ensure that your specific product meets all the necessary EMC standards and regulations in Australia. In Australia, the Electrical Safety System is governed by various regulations and standards to ensure the safety of electrical products and installations. The Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS) is a national framework implemented to regulate the sale of electrical equipment in Australia. Here are some key aspects and requirements of the EESS in Australia. The EESS is a co-operative arrangement between the Australian States and Territories. It provides a uniform approach to Electrical Equipment Safety Regulations across the country. The EESS is enforced by State and Territory Electrical Safety Regulators, such as Energy Safe Victoria, Electrical Safety Office Queensland and WorkSafe, Western Australia. These authorities oversee the compliance and enforcement of Electrical Safety Standards. Electrical products approved under the EESS are required to display the Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM). The RCM is a recognisable symbol that may indicate the products’ compliance with Australian Electrical Safety Standards, keeping in mind the dual use of the mark.
If you would like to find out more about how this applies to your products you can contact us at email@example.com, call us on +61396455933 or visit the ACMA or the regulator in your State or Territory.
Please note that the information contained in this video was current at the time of development and is subject to change.