The Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM)
The new Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) process does not change the compliance requirements for electronic and electrical equipment. Testing, test reports, standards, approvals, compliance levels and Declarations of Compliance have not altered and are still mandatory requirements as per previous arrangements for electrical safety approvals and Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) requirements. The most significant visual change is only the logo and the removal of the ACMA Suppliers Number.
The RCM system is not similar to the CE process. The RCM system requires that only Australian or New Zealand importers and manufacturers have the authority to sign the Declaration of Conformity, and can authorize the placement of the RCM logo onto products. Manufacturers and exporters outside of Australia and New Zealand do not have authority to apply or place the RCM logo directly onto the product, nor can they sign the RCM Declaration of Conformity.
The changes relate to the registration of the Australian importers and Australian manufacturers, the labelling of equipment with the RCM logo or RCM mark, the terminology used with electrical safety, and legal responsibility for compliance being with the Australian importers and Australian manufacturers for electrical safety and ACMA matters. For some items, tighter evidence of conformity is required.
The system is based on a common national database used by the Electrical Regulatory Authority Council (ERAC) and the ACMA in Australia, and Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) in NZ for the purpose of registration.
In summary, the ERAC RCM system provides:
- a registration of Australian importers and manufacturers that supply electrical and electronic devices, and
- for those Australian importers and manufacturers that supply mains powered Prescribed Electrical Items (EESS Level 3), the system links those Australian entities with the approved items listed in the National Approval Database.
For more information on the RCM process, refer to: