Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM)
The RCM is a symbol signifying that a supplier has taken the
necessary steps to have the product comply with the electrical
safety and/or electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) legislative
requirements. It’s intended as an easy way for consumers to
identify products which have met certain electrical standards.
The electrical safety requirements are set out in various Acts and
Regulations of each Australian State and Territories and New
Zealand and administered by the various electrical safety
regulators. EMC is a Federal requirement administered by the
Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and the New
Zealand Ministry of Economic Development. Whilst EMC is mandatory
in all states, note that only some States in Australia, the use of
the RCM mark has become mandatory for electrical compliance.
The RCM is a common mark that is accepted by the ACMA and all of
the electrical safety regulators to simplify marking requirements
and provide an easily recognized as a conformity mark.
The electrical safety requirements for using the mark are set out
in the Australian Standard AS/NZS 4417. Use of the mark is allowed
as proof of compliance based on a Certificate of Approval, provided
all other conditions of the mark as spelt out in AS/NZS 4417 are
followed. This includes registration of each importer, known as the
Responsible Supplier on the database, as well as registration of
any level 3 class products, as set out in AS/NZS 4417.2.
All SAA Certificates of Approval for level 3 class products are
automatically uploaded to the database.
For more information: www.erac.gov.au.