The first step to product compliance is to identify the applicable labelling notice that a product falls under:
Steps to compliance
|1. Identify the applicable labelling notice
2. Identify the applicable technical standards (prescribed in the relevant labelling notice) and the testing requirements
|3. Demonstrate product compliance
|4. Complete a Declaration of Conformity (DoC) and maintain compliance records
|5. Register as a ‘responsible supplier’
|6. Label the product
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
Each of the four regulatory arrangements incorporates a legislative instrument, referred to as a labelling notice. The labelling notices identify the applicable technical standards and testing, record-keeping and labelling requirements for products supplied into Australia. A supplier should consult the relevant labelling notice/s to identify the requirements that apply to each product that is being supplied in Australia. A supplier must ensure a product complies with all applicable requirements before supplying that product to the Australian market.
What are the labelling notices and what do they relate to?
Labelling notices are available through the ComLaw website:
- Telecommunications—The Telecommunications (Labelling Notice for Customer Equipment and Customer Cabling) Instrument 2015, made under section 407 of the Telecommunications Act 1997, and associated standards form the basis for regulating the supply of customer equipment and customer cabling connected, or intended for connection, to a telecommunications network or facility.
- Radiocommunications—The Radiocommunications (Compliance Labelling – Devices) Notice 2014, made under subsection 182(1) of the Radiocommunications Act 1992, and associated standards operate together to specify the regulatory arrangements for radiocommunications devices.
- EMC—The Radiocommunications Labelling (Electromagnetic Compatibility) Notice 2008 made under subsection 182(1) of the Radiocommunications Act and the Radiocommunications (Electromagnetic Compatibility) Standard 2008 operate together to specify the regulatory arrangements for electromagnetic compatibility. The EMC regulatory arrangements apply to all electrical and electronic devices, and vehicles and devices with internal combustion engines that are within the scope of a standard listed on the ACMA website.
- EME—The Radiocommunications (Compliance Labelling - Electromagnetic Radiation) Notice 2014 made under subsection 182(1) of the Radiocommunications Act and the Radiocommunications (Electromagnetic Radiation-Human Exposure) Standard 2014 (the Human Exposure Standard) apply to any transmitter with an integral antenna that is established for use either:
- in motion, whether on land, on water or in the air
- in a stationary position at unspecified points whether on land, on water or in the air.
Identify the applicable technical standard/s and appropriate testing.