Alert: Changes to ACMA labelling arrangements from 1 March 2013.
New single compliance mark – RCM. Further information is available.
The Telecommunications Labelling (Customer Equipment and Customer Cabling) Notice 2001 (the labelling notice), which came into force on 18 April 2001, identifies AS/ACIF S043-2001 (S043) as an applicable standard for a number of categories in schedule 1 of the labelling notice. For example, S043 is an applicable standard for category A50 equipment connected to a metallic local loop, as shown in schedule 1.
The compliance level currently specified for S043 is compliance level 2. This is qualified by Note 20, which explains that the compliance level will be changed to compliance level 3 after 1 January 2002.
The interim compliance level arrangement until 1 January 2002 allows a phase in period for Recognised Test Laboratories (RTA) to gain accreditation to the new standard.
Under the arrangement, where the labelling notice allows for compliance level 2 testing, reports from non-RTAs can be held in compliance folders to demonstrate compliance to this standard. After 1 January 2002 the only type of report that will be accepted, for equipment first manufactured or imported after 1 January 2002, will be a compliance level 3 test report from an RTA which are listed at www.nata.asn.au/index.php/rta2.
An RTA is a test laboratory determined by NATA as an RTA for a particular standard. A more formal definition is found in the labelling notice. Further information on becoming an RTA can be obtained from NATA at www.nata.asn.au.