Testing - telecommunications products | ACMA

Testing - telecommunications products

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

The ACMA technical standards listed in Schedule 1 and Schedule 4 of the Telecommunications (Labelling Notice for Customer Equipment and Customer Cabling) Instrument 2015 (the TLN) define the technical performance requirements for specified telecommunications products. A supplier must ensure that a telecommunications product complies with each applicable ACMA technical standard at the relevant risk level, prior to applying a label to the product.

Risk levels

The TLN recognises two risk levels:

  • Non-high-risk (non-compliance may have adverse consequences)
  • High-risk (non-compliance may have serious adverse consequences).

Each risk level specifies the evidence (that is, records) a supplier must obtain to demonstrate the product complies with the applicable ACMA technical standard. The risk 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 risk level, the greater the risk presented by a non-compliant product. The greater the risk level, the more stringent the testing and record-keeping requirements for evidence of compliance.

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

Conducting the test

Testing of telecommunications products:

  • Non-high risk – testing can be conducted by any testing body or in-house test facility
  • High-risk – testing must be conducted by an accredited testing body/recognised testing authority (RTA).

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 item 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

Recognised testing authorities (RTA)

recognised testing authority is a testing body that:

  • has been accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA), or
  • is an accreditation body with whom NATA holds a MRA for the purposes of testing certain telecommunications products.

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 test reports may be acceptable for non-high-risk standards, they do not hold the same authority as an endorsed test report.

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.

Certification bodies

Certification bodies are specified persons or associations that, in the opinion of an approving body (currently the ACMA), have the necessary skills and experience to certify that telecommunications equipment complies with standards. Certification bodies can only certify equipment compliance under certain circumstances.

Certification bodies fill a ‘gap’ in the testing and conformity arrangements where appropriate testing facilities are not available or where a supplier requires additional assurance that they have met their regulatory obligations.

Further information is available on the Certification bodies page.


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Last updated: 06 April 2018