EMC testing requirements | ACMA

EMC testing requirements

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

The Radiocommunications (Electromagnetic Compatibility) Standard 2008 listed in Schedule 1 of the Radiocommunications Labelling (Electromagnetic Compatibility) Notice 2008 (the EMC LN) defines an applicable EMC standard as one of the listed standards published on the ACMA website. A supplier must ensure that their product complies with the applicable EMC standard/s prior to applying a label to the product.

Risk levels

The EMC LN recognises three risk levels in relation to a device:

  • Low-risk device
  • Medium-risk device
  • High-risk device.

An explanation of each device risk level is available.

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

The documentary evidence required for each risk level is set out on the EMC record-keeping requirements page.

Conducting the test

Testing of products subject to an EMC standard:

  • Low- and medium-risk device — testing can be conducted by any testing body or in-house test facility
  • High-risk device — 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 1 and 2 (low- and medium-risk devices), they do not hold the same authority as an accredited 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.

Next:

Compile compliance records.

Last updated: 05 February 2016