The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) have established a broad regulatory compliance framework that includes four regimes, each administered by Labelling Notice (LN):
· Radiocommunications (Electromagnetic Compatibility) under the EMC-LN, for electromagnetic compatibility performance of electrical and electronic devices, vehicles and devices with internal combustion engines
· Radiocommunications (Devices) under the RLN, for radiocommunications transmitters
· Radiocommunications (Electromagnetic Energy) under the EME-LN, for electromagnetic energy health exposure from radio transmitters
· Telecommunications customer equipment (CE) and customer cabling (CC) under the TLN, for telecommunications
Permission to use compliance marks
The A-Tick Mark and C-Tick Mark are protected symbols and Suppliers must obtain permission from the ACMA to use them.
You are considered by the ACMA to be a Supplier if you are:
1. resident in Australia; and
2. an Australian manufacturer; or
3. an Australian importer; or
4. an Australian Agent for an Australian manufacturer or importer.
After a satisfactorily completed application form has been received from a Supplier, the ACMA will issue:
· a letter allowing the use of the compliance marks and
· a Supplier Code Number (SCN) for identification purposes
Supplier Code Number (SCN)
· SCN is a unique identification of the Supplier
· SCN issue is free (no cost)
· SCN does not expire
· SCN issuing process may take up to 10 working days
SCN identification details should be updated if they change (i.e. company address / contact person / contact details etc).
Compliance labelling with A-Tick or C-Tick compliance marks
Prior to supplying a device to the Australian market, compliant devices must be labelled with either the A-Tick, or the C-Tick (or the RCM) compliance marks, in accordance with the relevant Labelling Notice/s.
The C-Tick or A-Tick compliance marks must be at least 3mm high and the SCN, or other acceptable form of Supplier identification, must be at least 1mm in height.
1. Labelling may be done by the overseas manufacturer on the Supplier’s behalf
2. The Supplier Code Number (SCN) Nxxxxx may be replaced with:
a. an Australian Company Number (ACN); or
b. an Australian Business Number (ABN); or
c. an Australian Registered Business Number (ARBN); or
d. an Australian business name and address, personal name and address in Australia; or
e. an Australian registered trademark.
3. In the case of a telecommunications device, which may also be subject to one or more of the C-Tick labelling requirements, the A-Tick compliance mark can be used to also indicate compliance with the C-tick requirements. However, the compliance records required for C-Tick compliance must also be held.
Compliance Records (General)
Prior to the supply of the device to the market, the Supplier must establish compliance records for each device, or family (variants) of devices, and retain them for a period of five years beyond cessation of supply.
Depending on the particular device, and its compliance level, the compliance records must comprise of the applicable parts of the following,
1. A method of uniquely identifying the device (brochure, photograph, users manual etc),
2. A signed Declaration of Conformity (declaring conformity to the relevant standards),
3. A complete copy, in English, of any applicable electromagnetic compatibility test report to the relevant standard,
4. A complete copy, in English, of any applicable radiocommunications test reports to the relevant standards,
5. A complete copy, in English, of any applicable EME test report,
6. A complete copy, in English, of any applicable telecommunications test reports to the relevant standards.
If the Supplier of a device is selected for audit, or in the event of investigation of a complaint, authorised ACMA staff may request to view the compliance records.
If requested to do so, a supplier will have up to ten (10) working days to produce the compliance records.
EMC low risk device - Compliance Level 1
Labelling with the C-Tick compliance mark is voluntary.
However, whether the Supplier chooses to label the device or not, Suppliers are still required to keep compliance records. The compliance records must include the following:
If voluntarily C-tick labelled:
· A method of uniquely identifying the device (brochure, photograph, users manual etc),
· A signed Declaration of Conformity (declaring conformity to the applicable EMC standard),
If not C-tick labelled:
A method of uniquely identifying the device (brochure, photograph, user’s manual etc).
EMC medium-risk device - Compliance Level 2
Labelling with the C-Tick compliance mark is mandatory.
The compliance records must include the following:
A method of uniquely identifying the device (brochure, photograph, users manual etc),
A signed Declaration of Conformity (declaring conformity to an appropriate standard),
A complete copy of an EMC test report to an appropriate standard, in English,
The EMC test report does not need to be from an accredited laboratory
The report may be to the equivalent European or International standard
A technical construction file (TCF*).
*Please see the definition of a TCF in the EMC-LN
EMC High-risk device - Compliance Level 3
Labelling with the C-Tick compliance mark is mandatory.
The compliance records are the same as for a Compliance level 2 device except that any test report must be from an accredited testing body.
Accredited testing body means a laboratory:
(a) that is a testing body; and
(b) that is:
i. accredited by NATA to conduct testing against an applicable standard; or
ii. accredited, by a body that has entered into a mutual recognition agreement with NATA, to conduct testing against an applicable standard; or
designated, notified or recognised, under an agreement about mutual recognition on conformity assessment to which Australia is a party, to conduct testing against an applicable standard.