Products that are labelled with overseas markings (for example, 'CE' mark or FCC approval) cannot automatically be lawfully supplied in Australia.
The ACMA regulatory framework for products supplied to the Australian market includes regulatory arrangements covering:
- telecommunications customer equipment (CE) and customer cabling (CC)
- radiocommunications devices
- electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) performance of electrical and electronic devices, vehicles and devices with internal combustion engines
- electromagnetic energy (EME) from radio transmitters.
The ACMA’s four labelling notices impose obligations on a supplier, including the requirement to comply with technical standard/s, maintain compliance records and apply the Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) to the product.
Compliance mark for products supplied in Australia
For all ACMA regulatory arrangements, the compliance label is the RCM.
An overseas compliance mark on a product DOES NOT indicate that the product:
- complies with any of the Australian regulatory arrangements
- can be automatically labelled with the RCM compliance label
- can be supplied in Australia without the RCM compliance label.
Evidence of compliance
In limited situations, overseas compliance documentation may be sufficient to demonstrate compliance with Australian requirements. However, even in such situations, the product must still meet Australian labelling requirements and be labelled with the RCM.
A supplier should first refer to the applicable labelling notice/s to determine which technical standard/s are applicable to their product. This will indicate if international compliance documentation may be used to establish compliance for the product to be supplied in Australia.
A supplier may need to engage the services of an independent consultant and/or a test laboratory to determine if the overseas test reports or other documentation are suitable for use in Australia (to demonstrate compliance with Australian requirements). For example:
- CE Certificates are not acceptable as proof of EMC compliance in Australia. Only complete copies, in English, of EMC test reports to an applicable ACMA-mandated EMC standard are acceptable.
- Establishing telecommunications compliance will, in virtually all cases, require testing to Australian telecommunications standards. Further information is available on the Testing - product compliance page.
If the overseas test reports or other documentation are sufficient to demonstrate compliance with Australian requirements, the product may be labelled with the RCM.
Testing against Australian requirements undertaken outside of Australia — Mutual Recognition Arrangements
Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs) enable conformity assessment—testing, inspection and certification—of specified products intended for export to the other party's territory to be undertaken in the country of export. This has the effect of reducing non-tariff (technical and regulatory) barriers to trade between the countries.
Under a MRA, regulatory authorities in both countries recognise test reports and certificates issued by Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs)—bodies deemed by both countries competent to assess products as conforming to the standards of the other country—to demonstrate that products meet their domestic regulatory requirements.
If you have any questions about the labelling arrangements, please complete the online enquiry form.