New changes have been announced by the ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority) to the current compliance marks used by suppliers on all telecommunications, radio communications, and other devices that fall under their jurisdiction, as per the Telecommunications Act 1997 and the Radiocommunications Act 1992.
The previous marks, C-Tick, A-Tick and RCM will now be merged under one mark, RCM while the other two marks, C-Tick and A-Tick (used for telecommunications and radio communications, respectively) will be discontinued.
The changes will be made official by March 1, 2013 in conjunction with the new Electrical Equipment Safety System (EEES) to be implemented on the same day.
With many devices converging in function, and various requirements overlapping, compliance has become a long and repetitive process for many suppliers. The less complicated process following the implementation of the new changes will lower costs for the suppliers as well as the ACMA and other compliance agencies.
New suppliers entering the market after the said date are still required to comply with all ACMA regulatory standards to be able to use the new RCM mark. They will be registered in the new ACMA database.
Existing manufacturers and importers will have a transition period between 2013 and 2016, particularly those who have already been registered on the supplier database before March 1, 2013. These suppliers have this changeover period to file for registration in the new database. The C-Tick and A-Tick labels may be used until March 1, 2016.
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