Compliance & Product Regulatory ApproVals

Myths of RCM Approval

This article will unveil some of the pertinent so-called myths of RCM approvals. A Myth-buster article and a must know for manufacturers, importers, suppliers of electronic & electrical products in Australia and New Zealand. 

 

After having worked on Australian electronic product approvals since the start of such legislative regulations in 1997 introduced by ACA (now ACMA) via the C-Tick and A-Tick marks, there have been not many but some significant changes in the Compliance obligations of the electronics Industry.  

 

Even after more than 30 years of this legislation, we have found that there is still confusion and lack of full understanding of these regulations. 

 

Many importers and suppliers are still oblivious to their obligations of importing and/or supplying such products to the shelves and homes of consumers in the country. 

 

What are these myths? why are they still myths? Why are the importers and suppliers oblivious to such important requirements? What are the ways that these suppliers and importers, import to Legally sell in Australia & NZ? 

 

We will try and answer most of these questions here in this article, but we also like to hear from the readers, any challenges they are facing in relation to solutions provided in this article. We will reply back and try to resolve any issues or concerns you may have.  

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1. Is a European "CE" compliance certificate and label is all you need for a product you're importing or selling in Australia & NZ?

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1. If the product you are importing/selling is not listed under the prescribed list of the EESS (Electrical and Electronics Safety System) Scheme, your product does not need Safety test reports or compliance in Australia & NZ?

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If the product you are importing /selling has a pre-certified Radio module incorporated in this host device, do you need to consider any Radio requirements in Australia and NZ?  

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If the product you are importing into Australia completes the RCM compliance requirements, can you sell this product in NZ without any further requirements? 

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1. Is Module test report accepted to obtain ETA Certificate for the host product for devices which fall under “Restricted Items” category?  Eg. Drones/Radars

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1. Does RCM compliance for a product imported/sold in Australia and NZ also cover Energy Efficiency requirements?

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1. Do meeting RCM requirements alone fulfill the obligations for Medical, Automotive, and Heavy Industrial products in Australia and New Zealand?

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Praveen Rao

CEO & Technical Director, C-PRAV Group: Australia, New Zealand, India & Canada 

C-PRAV Labs & Certifications 

Professional engineering experience of 30+ years with technical and managerial skills obtained from professional degree, courses, and hands-on experience, while working with organizations and companies involved in Design & Development, Testing, Inspection, Certification and Compliance (TICC). 

Management of electrical/electronic products & systems Testing and Certifications for Global markets in Consumer, Industrial, IT, Telecom, Defence, Medical, and Automotive Industries. Overall advisory for Standards, Regulations, Testing and Certifications for Global Market Access (GMA). 

  • ISO/IEC 17025 Lab Quality Management 
  • NATA Authorised Signatory (1995 to 2000) for EMC Testing 
  • NATA & IANZ Authorised Technical Assessor (current)
  • EMI/EMC, RF/Wireless, EMR-RF Exposure/SAR 
  • NATA Technical Assessors Advisory Committee (current) 
  • Current Chair of Australian EMC National Standards Committee 
  • Member of Australian National standards committees for Safety, Radio, RF Exp/SAR 
  • Represent Australia in International Standards committees like IEC, CISPR, IEEE 
  • Member of Telecommunications Certification Body Council, USA and European REDCA