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New single compliance mark

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Attention suppliers!

Do you deal with:

  • EMC, EME or radiocommunications devices
  • telecommunications customer equipment or broadcasting equipment standards?

Get the latest changes to regulatory arrangements and standards sent straight to your inbox by subscribing to the ACMA’s Compliance and labelling supplier update.

This new supplier-focused e-bulletin replaces the previous Compliance and labelling arrangements email alert, which ended in March 2014, and fully complies with changes to the Privacy Act 1988. All previous subscriptions have been cancelled, so make sure you subscribe today to stay informed.

The single compliance mark commenced on 1 March 2013.

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New ACMA labelling arrangements

The three existing compliance marks (C-Tick, A-Tick and RCM) are being consolidated into a single compliance mark—the RCM.

  • the RCM indicates a device’s compliance with applicable ACMA technical standards—that is, for telecommunications, radiocommunications, EMC and EME.
  • a national database has been designated for all supplier registration.
  • a supplier will not be required to include supplier identification on devices labelled with the RCM.
  • the ACMA’s four labelling notices reflect the new labelling arrangements.
  • there are no changes to the testing and record-keeping requirements applicable to devices subject to ACMA arrangements.

National database

The national database for supplier registration is jointly used by the ACMA, the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC) and Radio Spectrum Management (New Zealand).

A supplier who intends to supply devices that are required to be labelled under an ACMA Labelling Notice must register on the database as a ‘responsible supplier’.

If registering only for ACMA purposes, a supplier must ensure that only the ACMA acknowledgement is checked.

A supplier who is registering for ACMA-only purposes is not able to enter any equipment details. There is no fee associated with ACMA-only registration.

Arrangements for suppliers

The tables below specify the obligations for suppliers under the new ACMA labelling arrangements.

For first-time suppliers

The following applies to first-time suppliers—those who do not have a supplier code number (SCN).

  • suppliers must register on the national database.
  • suppliers must label with the RCM to indicate compliance with applicable ACMA regulatory arrangements, including all technical and record-keeping requirements.


For all previous ACMA-registered suppliers

The following applies to all suppliers who were issued with a supplier code number (SCN) prior to 1 March 2013:

  • there is a three-year transition period ending on 29 February 2016.
  • suppliers can continue to label devices with the C-Tick or A-Tick[1] until the end of the transition period.
  • suppliers have until the end of the transition period to register on the national database, once registered they can transition to using the RCM.
  • devices labelled with the C-Tick or A-Tick before the end of the transition period will not need to be relabelled.

From 1 March 2016

  • all suppliers must use the RCM as the compliance label.
  • devices that were labelled with the C-Tick or the A-Tick can continue to be supplied until labelled stock has been exhausted.

[1]A small number of suppliers have been previously using the RCM with a SCN as part of the compliance label. These suppliers can continue to label in this manner but must transition to the new arrangements by registration on the database before the end of the transition period.

About EESS

A new Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS) is being introduced by some State and Territory electrical equipment safety regulators. The EESS is administered through ERAC. The RCM will be the only compliance mark for devices within the scope of the EESS. The transition arrangements for the EESS may vary to those of the ACMA.

The ACMA has no regulatory responsibility for the EESS arrangements. Information about the EESS is available from

Questions about the EESS (including questions about supplier and product registration fees) should be directed to the ERAC Secretariat via email at

Further information

Updated FAQs on the new labelling arrangements are available in Word [.docx] format.

The fact sheet Agency agreements and the new ACMA labelling arrangements in word [.docx] format is available.

A downloadable version of the RCM is available. The RCM image must not be applied to a device until the supplier has registered on the national database.

Detailed information on the ACMA equipment compliance and labelling requirements is available.

If you have questions about the new arrangements, please complete our online enquiry form.  

Last updated: 16 March 2015

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