The Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM)

The Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) process sets out the compliance requirements for electronic and electrical equipment. Testing, test reports, standards, approvals, compliance levels and Declarations of Compliance are mandatory requirements as per previous arrangements for electrical safety approvals and Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) requirements. The most significant visual change from the A tick and C tick is the logo and the removal of the ACMA Suppliers Number.

The RCM system is not similar to the CE process. The RCM system requires that only Australian or New Zealand importers and manufacturers have the authority to sign the 'Supplier Declaration of Conformity', and can authorize the placement of the RCM logo onto products. Manufacturers and exporters outside of Australia and New Zealand do not have authority to apply or place the RCM logo directly onto the product, nor can they sign the RCM Supplier Declaration of Conformity.

Registration of the Australian importers and Australian manufacturers, the labelling of equipment with the RCM logo, the terminology used with electrical safety, and legal responsibility for compliance being with the Australian importers and Australian manufacturers for electrical safety and ACMA matters. For some items, tighter evidence of conformity is required.

The system is based on a common national database used by the Electrical Regulatory Authority Council (ERAC) and the ACMA in Australia, and Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) in NZ for the purpose of registration.