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Regulatory compliance markAustralian regulatory requirements

Radio devices (GSM, CDMA mobile handsets and devices with integrated Bluetooth, WiFi, WLAN etc.) destined for the Australian market, need the “Regulatory Compliance Mark”.

The RCM (regulatory compliance mark) is a registered trademark of two separate and distinct Australian authorities. Since March 2016 it has to be used for

  • the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). They regulate electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) issues
    and
  •  the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC). They regulate electrical safety in Australia and New Zealand.

The three previous marks (A-Tick, C-Tick, RCM mark) have now been consolidated and replaced with the one single RCM mark. 7layers takes over all the paperwork (application forms, declarations etc.) that is required in order to set up the Australian Declaration of Conformity. Local partners in Australia are contacted if necessary.

Australian regulatory requirements – background information

The ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority) is an independent authority, regulating Australia’s media and communications legislation, standards and codes of operation.  Read more here.

Three compliance levels to achieve Australian Regulatory Compliance Mark

Depending on the risk associated with non-compliance to an applicable technical standard, the supplier can choose between three different compliance levels:

Compliance Level 1

You simply make a DoC (declaration of conformity) by

  •  giving a description of your product and
  • completing and signing the declaration of conformity.

This applies if non-compliance has only limited consequences for the safety of persons or the integrity of a telecommunications network.

Compliance Level 2

You must comply with the requirements stated in compliance level 1 plus

  •   give evidence that the product meets applicable technical standards
    (e.g. test reports, certificates from other authorities etc.).

Applicable if non-compliance may have adverse consequences for personal safety or the integrity of a telecommunications network.

Compliance Level 3

You must comply with the requirements stated in compliance level 1 plus

  • give evidence that the product meets corresponding technical standards.

In this case all test reports have to come from an in-country RTA (recognized testing authority).  This applies if non-compliance may have serious adverse consequences for personal safety or the integrity of a telecommunications network.

For all compliance levels

  • The DoC has to be signed by a locally registered company because the supplier codes are only issued to local companies. Therefore a local presence – or a partner who can help you make contact with a local partner – is required to complete the type approval process.
  • Compliance records (= technical file) have to be kept by the person responsible for the DoC.

Test requirements for cellular products

The Telecommunications Technical Standard of the ACMA from 2015 includes

  • AS/CA S042.1:2015
    Requirements for connection to an air interface of a Telecommunications Network – Part 1: General
  • AS/ACIF S042.3:2005
    requirements for connection to an air interface of a Telecommunications Network – Part 3: GSM Customer Equipment
  • AS/CA S042.4:2015
    Requirements for connection to an air interface of a Telecommunications Network – Part 4: IMT Customer Equipment.
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