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Testing - radiocommunications products

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Testing and test reports enable a supplier to prove that a product complies with applicable radiocommunications technical standards.

The ACMA technical standards listed in Schedule 2 of the Radiocommunications (Compliance Labelling – Devices) Notice 2014 (the RLN) define the technical performance requirements for a radiocommunications product. A supplier must ensure that a product complies with each applicable ACMA technical standard at the relevant compliance level, prior to applying a label to a product.

Compliance levels

The RLN recognises three compliance levels:

  • Compliance level 1 (low-risk device)
  • Compliance level 2 (medium-risk device)
  • Compliance level 3 (high-risk device).

Each compliance level specifies the evidence a supplier must obtain to demonstrate the product complies with the applicable ACMA technical standard. The compliance levels correspond to the risk associated with the supply of a product that is not compliant with the applicable technical standard/s. The higher the compliance level, the greater the risk presented by a non-compliant product. The greater the risk/compliance level, the more stringent the testing and record-keeping requirements are to demonstrate compliance.

The documentary evidence required for each compliance level is set out on the Record-keeping –Radiocommunications suppliers page.

Conducting the test

Testing of radiocommunications products:

  • Compliance level 2/medium-risk — testing can be conducted by any testing body or in-house test facility
  • Compliance level 3/high-risk — testing must be conducted by an accredited testing body.

Where appropriate testing has previously been conducted on a product, a supplier may rely on the test reports produced from this earlier testing to demonstrate compliance with the ACMA regulatory arrangements rather than having to re-test a product. However, the supplier must have lawful access or permission (from the owner) to use any earlier test reports conducted on the product.

Note – The supplier is responsible for product conformity and needs to make an informed decision on the interference potential of the product and the appropriate level of testing

Testing services

Testing bodies

A testing body is a laboratory that has the equipment, resources and technical capability to conduct testing to an applicable standard. A testing body may be an in-house laboratory or a third-party testing facility. 

Accredited testing bodies

NATA accredited 

A testing body that is accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA) to conduct testing against an applicable standard.

NATA MRA Partners

A testing body that is accredited by an overseas regional accreditation cooperation with which NATA has an agreement for the mutual recognition of test reports.

NATA accreditation indicates the competence of the testing body to conduct specific types of testing, inspection, calibration and other related activities. Testing bodies are re-assessed regularly to maintain accreditation.

Details of current accredited testing bodies, MRA Partners and accredited overseas testing bodies are available on the NATA website.

Mutual Recognition Agreements

A testing body that is 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.

Note: Not all laboratories hold accreditation for all standards. Although non-accredited reports may be acceptable for compliance level one and two/low and medium risk devices, they do not hold the same authority as an accredited report.

The ACMA’s compliance laboratory

The ACMA operates an accredited compliance laboratory for radiocommunications testing. The laboratory conducts radio equipment testing traceable to national references. The certified test reports produced are of an international standard.

Further information and contact details for the ACMA’s compliance laboratory is available.

Test report

A test report should identify the product (type, model and batch number), the testing agency, the standards tested to, the tests conducted and the test results, and (if appropriate) the methodology used to conduct the test.

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Compile compliance records

 

Last updated: 04 February 2016