The RCM has replaced the C-Tick and A-Tick for new products placed on the market in Australia and New Zealand

01 March 2013

Regulatory Compliance Mark

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) in New Zealand have put in place new labelling arrangements that require all new products to satisfy Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) requirements before being placed on the market.

These new arrangements apply to product that is first placed on the market after 28 February 2013 by suppliers that were not registered on either the ACMA or MBIE supplier code number database before 1 March 2013.

In Australia, a user-friendly, three-year transitional period will apply to “current suppliers” that were registered on the ACMA supplier code number database before 1 March 2013:

  • Current suppliers will have until 29 February 2016 to register on the new database and to start using the RCM.
  • Current suppliers will be permitted to continue to label new devices with the C-Tick or A-Tick until 29 February 2016 if they wish.
  • Current suppliers will be permitted to sell devices labelled with the C-Tick or A-Tick after 29 February 2016, providing that these devices were labelled before 29 February 2016.

Transitional arrangements in New Zealand permit current suppliers to continue to sell sell devices that were labelled with the A-Tick or C-Tick before 1 March 2013.

All radio communications devices, including Short Range Radio (SRD) devices, mobile telephones, web-pads and Machine to Machine (M2M) devices that contain embedded 2G, 3G and/or 4G cellular modems are subject to RCM approval.

The RCM indicates compliance with the applicable Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), Electromagnetic Emissions (EME), Radiocommunications and product safety requirements of Australia and New Zealand.

We specialise in helping businesses to bring new, innovative products to market.

  • We will help you develop and deliver an effective approvals strategy that is consistent with your product marketing objectives
  • We will help you re-engineer your product to resolve any technical issues that may present a barrier to achieving compliance

If you would like to discuss how we can drive your project forward, please contact us.

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