Compliance / Standard News
22 Mar 13 - NSW deadline
approaches for the transfer of MEPS registration to GEMS
The deadline for the transfer of existing MEPS registrations from New South
Wales (NSW) energy efficiency regulator to the new national GEMS registration
system is 31 Mar 13.
NOTE: The deadline for the transfer of existing MEPS registrations from
all other States to the new national GEMS registration system is 30 Sep 13.
01 Mar 13 - The new EESS (Electrical
Equipment Safety System) arrangements commence
The new EESS arrangements take effect from today. Suppliers of EESS scoped devices
must register on the new national database as a "Responsible
Supplier" of EESS scoped devices prior to 01 Oct 13.
01 Mar 13 - The new ACMA
single Mark arrangements commence
Both the new ACMA single mark (RCM) labelling
arrangements take effect from today. Australian suppliers registered
to use the C-tick or A-tick marks prior to 01 Mar 13 must register on the new
national database as a "Responsible Supplier" of ACMA regulated
devices prior to 01 Mar 16.
08 Feb 13 - ACMA Factsheet concerning agency agreements and the new single
The factsheet clarifies the registration responsibilities under the new ACMA
single mark (RCM) labelling arrangements for both the importer and an importer's
'agent' (i.e. agent with respect to product compliance).
09 Nov 12 - Amendment 1 to
AS/NZS 60590.1:2011 published
This amendment adopts IEC Amendment 1 (2009) to IEC 60950-1 Ed. 2.0 plus makes
the necessary changes to AS/NZS 60950.1:2011 Appendix ZZ makes some adjustments to
references mentioned in Appendix ZZ.
01 Oct 12 - Commencement of
the new GEMS national energy efficiency regulatory arrangements
The new national Australian GEMS (Greenhouse Energy Minimum Standards)
legislation/regulation commenced with effect today. These new arrangements
replace the existing Australian State/Territory based MEPS regulations.
Devices registered under the existing State/Territory based regulations must be
transferred to the GEMS system. The deadline for the transfer of
existing MEPS registrations from New South Wales (NSW) energy efficiency
regulator to the new national GEMS registration system is 31 Mar 13. The
deadline for the transfer of existing MEPS registrations from all other States
to the new national GEMS registration system is 30 Sep 13.
02 May 12 - Commencement of
ACMA consolidated mark and the new EESS electrical safety scheme postponed
The originally proposed 01 Jul 12 commencement date for the Electrical Equipment Safety System
(EESS) has been pushed back until 01 Mar 13 (excluding the State of New South
Wales [NSW]). NSW is not planning to implement the EESS at this
stage. It is planned to go ahead and implement the EESS database however
as soon as possible.
The ACMA have now also postponed the commencement of the new consolidated mark
arrangements until 01 Mar 13 to remain in-line with the revised commencement date for the
04 Apr 12 - NZ "Radio
Spectrum" and EMC regulation to be part of a new Ministry to be established
by 01 Jul 12
Radio spectrum and EMC regulation in New Zealand will come under the control of
a new Ministry to be established by 01 Jul 12 This new Ministry of
Business, Innovation and Employment will bring together the Ministry of Economic
Development (MED), the Ministry of Science and Innovation, the Department of
Labour, and the Department of Building and Housing.
Source: Radio Spectrum Business Update - April 2012
06 Mar 12 - A-Tick and
C-Tick marks to be replaced by RCM as of 01 July 2012
As of 01 July 2012 new ACMA product compliance marking arrangements will
commence that provide for the use of a single 'consolidated mark' to indicate
product compliance with all ACMA regulatory compliance frameworks, replacing the
existing A-Tick and C-Tick marks.
At the moment, for telecommunications equipment compliance the A-Tick must be
used to indicate compliance and either the C-Tick mark or the Regulatory Compliance
Mark (RCM) may be used to indicate compliance for radiocommunications, EMR and
There will be a 3-year phase-in period during which product already being
supplied to the market may continue to be marked with the A-Tick and C-Tick
marks. Any new equipment (i.e. model not previously offered to the market)
first introduced after 01 July 2012 will need to be marked with the RCM.
All equipment, new and existing, supplied after 30 June 2015 must be marked
with the RCM. As such, suppliers have 3 years to arrange for the change in
labelling to take place for any equipment currently being shipped, that will
continue to ship after 30 June 2015.
For more information, contact Stanimore using our "Feedback"
23 Feb 12 - New electrical equipment safety
arrangements for Australia and New Zealand
The Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC) had prepared for release an
"Industry Resource Kit" concerning new electrical safety arrangements
due to commence in Australia and New Zealand on 01 July 2012. These are
completely new electrical equipment safety arrangements . The present arrangements
will be replaced by the Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS) which will introduce significant changes concerning electrical safety of equipment supplied
in Australian and New Zealand . The new arrangements:
- categorise "in-scope" equipment into three categories, Level 1, Level 2 & Level 3 equipment;
- requires Level 3 equipment to be "approved" (i.e. the same as the existing "Declared Articles) and have a
"Certificate of Approval" issued for that equipment;
- introduces a national database and requires each and every supplier of any "in-scope" Levels 1, 2 or 3 equipment to register as a supplier (supplier registration fee applies) and sign a general Declaration as a supplier of such equipment that they will only supply compliant equipment etc;
- requires suppliers of Level 2 or 3 equipment to also register each Level 2 or Level 3 product on the database (product registration fee
applies for each product) and provide details about each product as well as upload relevant test reports and other relevant material to the database plus sign a specific Declaration of Conformity regarding electrical safety compliance of each product;
- requires both "supplier registration" and all Level 2 and Level 3 "product registrations" must be renewed every 12 months
NOTE: Australian States/Territories will still be responsible for the
electrical safety in their State/Territory however this is an attempt to nationalise
the approach and requirements between States/Territories. As such, it will
be up to each State/Territory to modify existing or introduce new legislation/regulations
in their State/Territory to introduce these new arrangements in their
06 Jul 11 - New (Recast)
European RoHS Directive published.
The new EU Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (recast) was published on July 1 2011 in the Official Journal of the European Union.
01 Jul 11 - New TLN amendment #1 of 2011 was enabled on 10 May
This amendment gives effect to a number of new CE and CC technical standards to allow for the expeditious deployment of IMT-2000 (3G) mobile equipment and to incorporate revisions to existing PSTN, cabling product, general safety and general air interface requirements in technical standards. It introduces a new category for mobile equipment to which IMT-2000 applies and clarifies notes on the application of technical standards.
Division 4.5, requirements for CE used in the supply of a PMTS, has also been amended to clarify its policy intent. A number of minor editorial changes have also been made to the Notice.
introduces AS/CA S002-2011 for requirements of PSTN CE. It is a revised version of AS/ACIF S002-2005 which expires on 30 April 2013.
introduces AS/CA S008-2011 for requirements of customer cabling products. It is a revised version of AS/ACIF S008-2006 which expires on 30 April 2013.
introduces AS/NZS 60950.1-2011 for general safety requirements of CE. It is a revised version of AS/NZS 60950.1-2003 (Incorporating Amendment Nos 1, 2 and 3) which expires on 30 April 2013.
introduces AS/CA S042.1-2011 for general requirements of air interface (PMTS and Satellite Service) CE. It is a revised version of AS/ACIF S042.1-2008 which expires on 30 April 2013.
adds a definition for IMT-2000.
introduces AS/CA S042.4-2011 for IMT-2000 PMTS CE.
adds a new section 4.9A which provides for a phase in period of 12 months for AS/CA S042.4-2011.
adds a new category A55 for mobile equipment to which IMT-2000 applies and a new note 34 referencing section 4.9A.
clarifies the policy intent of subsection 4.9 (1) in that the requirement to obtain carrier permission before connecting mobile CE to a carrier network or facility only applies to certain mobile CE not already captured by categories in Schedule 1 other than category A53.
makes a number of editorial changes:
o replaces outdated references to ACIF with CA as required
o amends various notes to Schedule 1 associated with the new technical standards and items of CE to which they apply.
29 Jun 11 - ACMA seeks
comment on proposed TLN Amendment
The purpose of the amendment is to:
- allow the recognition of the IECEE CB Scheme as part of the ACMAs telecommunications regulatory arrangements;
- introduce an alternative compliance path for IMT-2000 Customer Equipment (CE);
- clarify the application of notes and compliance levels in the Tables of Schedule 1.
27 Jun 11 - ACMA seeks
comment of proposed new labelling arrangements
The ACMA seeks comment on proposed amendments to labelling arrangements (i.e. the introduction of use of a single compliance mark,
the RCM, instead of the C-Tick and A-Tick. Deadline for comment is 12 Aug 11.
22 Mar 11 - Radiocommunications
(Electromagnetic Radiation - Human Exposure) Standard 2003, Amendment Standard No 2 of 2011
(i.e. Amendment #2 of 2011) took effect
This amendment corrects a drafting error which affected the Radiocommunications (Electromagnetic Radiation Human Exposure) Amendment Standard 2011 (No. 1) (the first amendment) and which came into effect on 1 February 2011. Because of that error, the first amendment included an incorrect reference to a technical standard which applied before 1 March 2009. The Amendment Standard corrects that error to ensure that there is no confusion about the technical standard which applied in the past i.e. before 1 March 2009.
10 Mar 11 - Information for radio microphone users
in New Zealand - Spectrum frequency changes planned
The Ministry of Economic Development is planning frequency changes to enable spectrum to be reallocated in line with government decisions concerning existing digital terrestrial television services.
The frequency changes, also termed restacking or re-channeling, will occur sequentially, site by site, throughout 2011. The digital television service information' provided automatically through the set top box will assist in a smooth transition for television viewers. However, radio microphone users in some areas may be affected and need to adjust to new frequencies.
Information about the updated frequency plan is available on the Radio Spectrum Management website.
08 Feb 11 - AS/NZS 60950.1
Ed. 2.0 published
This standard is the joint Australian and New Zealand version of IEC 60950-1 Ed.
2.0 published in 2005. Australia's variations to IEC 60950-1 Ed. 2.0 are
contained in Appendix ZZ at the back of the standard. These variation have
been submitted to the IECEE for publication in the IECEE CB Scheme
29 Jul 10 - The updated New
Zealand 'Short Range Devices' General User Radio Licence (GURL) became effective
The New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development (MED), as per the New Zealand Radiocommunications
Act 1989 and Regulation 9 of the New Zealand Radiocommunications Regulations
2001, has issued an updated Short Range Devices GURL. It became effective
on 29 Jul 10.
31 Mar 10 - Electronic
labelling for C-Tick and A-Tick allowed for some equipment
With effect 31 Mar 10,
Electronic labelling with the A-Tick or C-Tick is allowed for devices with
applies to all four regulated areas of product compliance covered by the A-tick
and C-Tick marks and administered and enforced by the ACMA (Australian
Communications and Media Authority), i.e.: