The Radiocommunications Labelling (Electromagnetic Compatibility) Notice 2008 (the EMC LN) is made under section 182 of the Radiocommunications Act 1992. It specifies the testing, labelling and record-keeping obligations on a supplier of products subject to the EMC regulatory arrangements.
The EMC LN requires a supplier (a manufacturer, importer or their authorised agent) of products (other than low-risk devices) subject to the EMC regulatory arrangements to apply a compliance label to a product before it can be supplied to the Australian market. Labelling of low-risk devices is optional.
A compliance label must not be applied to a product unless the product is compliant with the applicable EMC standard/s and the supplier holds the relevant documentary evidence to prove compliance.
Before a supplier applies a compliance label to a product, the supplier must register on the national database as a ‘responsible supplier’.
Labelling is a fundamental element of the ACMA’s technical regulatory arrangements. Labelling indicates compliance with all applicable ACMA technical standards and associated record-keeping requirements.
Products that are subject to an applicable EMC standard listed on the ACMA website must be labelled with a compliance label prior to the supply of those products to the Australian market.
A supplier of a low-risk device may choose whether or not to apply a compliance label to the device. However, a low-risk device must comply with an applicable standard, whether or not it has a compliance label applied to it.
A compliance label is a durable and legible label that indicates the product complies with the applicable regulatory arrangements, including any applicable ACMA standards. A compliance label must not be applied to the product unless it complies with the applicable ACMA technical standard/s and the supplier holds the documentation relevant to the product. If a product has a built-in display, the compliance label may be displayed electronically.
The compliance label for a product subject to the EMC regulatory arrangements is the Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM).
Note: Products that were labelled with the C-Tick compliance mark prior to 1 March 2016 can continue to be supplied until labelled stock has been exhausted - they are not required to be re-labelled with the RCM.
A supplier must be registered on the national database to use the RCM.
Note: The Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS), administered by the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC), also uses the RCM. The ACMA has no regulatory responsibility for the EESS arrangements. Information about the EESS is available from www.erac.gov.au/
Questions about the EESS should be directed to the ERAC Secretariat via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information on the RCM, including a downloadable image, is available.
It is the responsibility of the supplier to ensure that a compliance label is correctly applied to each product before it is supplied to the market.
A supplier can give permission to a third party, including an agent, to apply the label. However, ultimate responsibility for applying the label rests with the supplier.
Application of the compliance label
Physical requirements for the compliance label include:
Scale and visibility—the compliance label must be legible and visible to the unaided eye and the compliance mark must be no smaller than three millimetres (3 mm) in height. The label may be in any colour, provided that visibility is assured through either contrast with the background colour or marking in relief (for example, moulding or engraving).
Surface labelling—the compliance label should be a permanent feature placed on the product. It must be applied to a surface of the product that is easily accessible to the user. The label should be durable and applied by any suitable means including printing, painting, moulding, etching or engraving.
Electronic labelling—if a product has a built-in display, the compliance label may be displayed electronically rather than on the surface of the product. Electronic labelling is only permitted if the product has a built-in display—displays that connect to the product, but are external to it, are not considered to be built-in.
The labelling notices do not prescribe how electronic labels should be displayed. Examples of how electronic labels can be displayed include:
- during the device power up sequence
- under the device’s system information page
- under the device help menu.
The accompanying documentation must explain how the electronic label can be viewed.
Package labelling—if it is not practical to apply a label to the external surface of the product (and it is not displayed using a built-in electronic display), the label must be applied to both:
- the external surface of the packaging used for the product
- the documentation (operating instructions, warranty or guarantee certificates) that accompanies the product when it is supplied to the consumer.
A label applied to the external surface of the packaging must:
- be clearly visible
- occupy an area that is greater than one per cent of that external surface.
Note: A supplier who does not apply a label to the surface of the product is required to maintain records detailing the reasons why and where the label was subsequently applied. This requirement does not apply to a supplier who labels electronically.
The EMC LN provides full details of the EMC labelling requirements.
More information about the EMC regulatory arrangements is available. If you have any questions about the regulatory arrangements, please contact the ACMA's Customer Service Centre on 1300 850 115 or email email@example.com.