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Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM)

The voluntary Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) is a mark that can be used on a product that has been shown to meet the applicable regulatory requirements for the legal sale of products under electrical safety and electromagnetic legislation, both in New Zealand and Australia. However, there are some differences between the regulatory requirements between New Zealand and Australia, which require both regimes to be complied prior to the legal use of the RCM in both countries. (Note: at present there is other NZ legislation that might need to be addressed, outside the scope of the RCM, that currently only applies to safety and EMC regulatory requirements.)

Use of the RCM on a product for sale in New Zealand requires a company or organisation to be registered as a RCM user. A publicly available database of registered users of the RCM is available on the ERAC website.

Registration can be completed via "Standards Australia", who administer the RCM and are the "RCM Registrar", on behalf of the New Zealand and Australian Regulators.

Declared articles are still required to be approved or covered by a recognised certification, although the marking of the approval / certification number that is normally a requirement of approval/certification process can be replaced by the use of the RCM (shown below).

Supplier declared equipment and general electrical equipment that is listed in AS/NZS 4417.2, will be required to be supported by recognised test reports listed in AS/NZS 4417.2 and AS/NZS 4417.3, for both safety and EMC, before the legal use of the RCM can be applied for.

[image] Approval Certification.

Last updated 18 May 2017
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