Australia

Basis for approvals in Australia: GEMS/MEPS certification, The Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) (General) – EESS, ACMA compliance, EESS approval process.

Exporting goods to Australia represents accessing a market with very powerful purchasing, consisting largely of transport, telecommunications, and computer equipment, as well as petroleum products.


The Responsible Suppliers, manufacturers or importers must meet all the requirements of the government to market their products in Australia. At first glance, the procedure seems confusing, but with the help of WWBridge, all documents will be received in an adequately short time. We will minimize costs and efforts and export goods to Australia in the shortest possible time, eliminating the procedures for working with certification bodies. By entrusting the case to professionals, you will minimize possible risks.

Certification services in Australia

  • GEMS/MEPS certification
  • The Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) (General) – EESS

There are three major Regulatory authorities in Australia:

  • ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority),
  • ERAC (Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council)
  • GEMS (Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards)

GEMS

GEMS (Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards) is the mandatory energy efficiency certification for the electronic and electrical products in Australia and New Zealand market. 

Including the previous major policy tools: 

  • Mandatory minimum energy performance (MEPS),
  • Energy efficiency label (ERLS),
  • Equipment energy efficiency plan (E3)

GEMS expands the energy efficiency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency, guiding enterprises and consumers.

Since October 1, 2013, MEPS certification is no longer recognized. The products belong to the controlled class must have GEMS certification before they can be listed for sale.

GEMS controlled products include:

  • External power supply
  • Digital set top box
  • Television
  • Compact fluorescent lamp / Low voltage converter / Double ended fluorescent lamp / Fluorescent lamp ballast / Incandescent lamp /
  • Washing Machine / Dryer / Dishwasher;
  • Electric water heater / Air conditioning and heat pump / Three phase motor / Household refrigerating apparatus;
  • Cooling tower / Precision air conditioning / Commercial refrigerators / Display cabinet / Distribution transformer.

Application requirements

GEMS certification is mainly divided into two steps:

1. First is to choose products for testing.
The standard of testing is consistent with the original MEPS.
2. The second step is to submit the test report and other materials for GEMS registration.
GEMS certification will be obtained with the materials audit passed.

The Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) (General)

The Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM)

The Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) is a trade mark owned by the electrical regulator (Regulatory Authorities (RAs)) and Australian Communications Media Authority (ACMA).

The Australian Standard AS/NZS 4417.1 and AS/NZS 4417.2 Marking of electrical products to indicate compliance with regulations – General rules for use of the mark provides general requirements for the use of the RCM including location of the marking on the equipment and its dimensional requirements.

The RCM is a symbol that represents compliance with two independent schemes:

  • EESS;
  • ACMA’s labelling requirements.

For electrical safety, in-scope electrical equipment must not be sold unless the item is marked with the RCM in compliance with AS/NZS 4417.1 & 2 and the EESS.

The existing three conformity marks(C-Tick, A-Tick, SAA)are united into a single conformity mark – RCM. The move to one single mark helps reduce red tape for industry and save costs. One mark to represent compliance to both schemes, and the removal of the need to track and mark equipment with unique approval/certificate numbers saves time and money. The symbol will also be easier to recognise by consumers.

How to get the RCM Mark?

The process for getting an RCM Mark for your product is similar to other certification programs such as CE Marking. First we need to do the testing on the product. In order to know what testing are required we need to determine which labeling notice is correct for your product and which standards the product must conform to.

There are four main labeling notices based on product groupings: 

• Telecommunications,
• Radiocommunications,
• EMC,
• EME.

Each notice group has specific technical standards for testing.
Once all testing is completed and passed, and all relevant documentation is compiled, a Declaration of Conformity (DoC) will be prepared.
Note for the RCM Mark in Australia and New Zealand, a local representative will be required to sign off on the DoC before the product can be taken to market.
After all of these conditions are met, manufacturers can register their product with the Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS) database through the ACMA. At this point, the RCM mark is affixed per ACMA guidelines, and the product can be sold in Australia and New Zealand.

Where to find the RCM Mark

The RCM could potentially be found in one of three places: 

  1. Surface Label – in a contrasting colour or by relief with moulding or engraving.
  2. Electronic Label – on a built-in display, available during device start-up, or in the devices menu.
  3. Package Label – if it is not practical to display the RCM on the product, the RCM must be found on both the external surface of the packaging and in the documentation which accompanies the product.

ACMA compliance

ACMA compliance

All electrical and electronic radio equipment intended to be introduced into the Australian market has to comply with ACMA regulations. 

There are four labelling notices, with which products shall comply with according to their specific characteristics:

  • Telecommunications Labelling Notice
  • Radiocommunications Devices Labelling Notice
  • Electromagnetic Energy (EME) / Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) Labelling Notice
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Labelling Notice

Each Labelling Notice defines its Risk Levels depending on product type and based on the following scale:

  • Compliance Level 1: Low-risk device
  • Compliance Level 2: Medium-risk device / Non-high risk standard
  • Compliance Level 3: High-risk device / High-risk standard

EESS approval process

EESS APPROVAL PROCESS

EESS Approval is applicable when the product rated voltage is greater than 50 V AC RMS or 120V ripple-free DC; and less than 1000V AC RMS or 1500V ripple-free DC; or when the product is designed or marketed as suitable for household, personal or similar use.
There are also three Risk Levels for the EESS approval process. The Labelling is the same as for the ACMA Approval Process (RCM Mark) and a local importer is also required in order to register the equipment in the EESS Database.

The EESS has three categories of electrical equipment: 

  • Level 1
  • Level 2
  • Level 3 

The three levels of equipment category have different certification and registration requirements depending on the electrical safety risks associated with each category.

HOW WWBRIDGE WILL ASSIST YOU?

We offer our customers wide range of services for an approval for the Australian market. Our certification team will coordinate the tests that need to be performed on site and then coordinate with the local authorities. Throughout the testing and certification process, we take care of the project handling for you, ensuring an efficient approval process and a quick admission to the Australian market. Leave your request by email: [email protected]



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F.A.Q.

Is the local representative company required for handling the EAC certification?
In accordance with the Customs Union legislation, a foreign manufacturer must have a Local representative company (an Applicant) on the territory of the Customs Union (CU) to issue the certificate/declaration. This means that an Applicant for you can be your customer, distributor or official representative company in CU. WorldWideBridge LLC will be mentioned on certificate/declaration as a local representative. 
What does Annual maintenance inspection assume?
Each serially producing product that requires Certificate of conformity is subjected to Annual Maintenance Inspection (or so-called Inspection control) in case of applying for more than 1-year certificate. It assumes that certification body which issued the CoC needs to confirm that the product is still produced at the same quality. It can be done through the re-testing or reviewing of Quality Management System documents. In some cases, the certification body can initiate a production site audits during AMI.
What does the cost of certification services depend on? Is there any price list?
The cost of certification services depends on the type of the required approval document and technical characteristics of the product itself that influences the scope of tests that are to be conducted. We have no price-list because used to work with a wide range of certification bodies, testing laboratories, and other specialized state institutions (Federal Security Service (FSS) licensing center, Radiofrequency center (RFC), Rostekhnadzor, Roszdravnadzor, etc.)And this means that the price can vary depending on product specification and certain certification body's pricing policy. If we are talking about the product specification, then the cost can be affected by the number of models, differences in applied models, the number of communication standards used (for radio products), the number of declared protective properties (for PPE), metrology characteristics ( for measuring devices) and so on. Each product is unique, each request must be carefully calculated to determine the type of document, the amount of testing, the most optimal certification scheme, the number of test reports, etc. Also, it is important to note that CU certification bodies have a certain accreditation (product range they can approve). So, in case of big projects that include different products for certification we should apply to several different authorities. Each of those has individual pricing policies due to their testing facilities. This fact can significantly affect the pricing and process. Our goal is to provide accurate consulting services in a specific case. Therefore, we are happy to evaluate the client's application, which contains the name and description of the product and the HS code (Customs code).
What is the EAC mark and when should it be applied?
EAC mark is an approval sign for products that are needed to be imported to the Customs Union (CU). This mark gives the opportunity to enter the markets of Russia, Belarus, Kazakstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan, distribute products throughout the entire territory of these countries, and extend your audience to almost 200 millions of people. EAC mark can be obtained only after the certification procedure according to the Technical Regulations of the Customs union is finished. ЕАС abbreviation stands for “Eurasian Conformity”. The unified mark is applied to each unit of production, packaging or accompanying documentation. The image of the unified mark has to be one colour and contrast with the surface colour on which it is applied. The place of application of the unified mark on the product, packaging and documentation is established in technical regulations of the Customs union.
Can the production site audit be replaced by CIG report?
The production site audit can be required in case the product requires the Certificate of conformity to the Technical Regulation of the Customs union. A lot of our clients are interested whether the production audit can be replaced by CIG report that use to be issued by most European producers. Customs union approval procedure does not assume replacing of the audit by providing CIG report because the expert from certification authority is obliged to check the QMS personally according to our law.
How is determine whether the Declaration of conformity or Certificate of conformity is required?
The necessary form of the approval document depends on the product description and HS code (Customs code). In each technical regulations of the Customs union, there is the List which determines whether Certificate of conformity or Declaration of conformity is required for certain product according to its HS Code and application field. In some cases, technical parameters must be also taken into consideration (for pressure equipment, PPE products, etc.).
What is required to import the samples for tests?
The samples can be imported for test only after all the preparations. Firstly, we should prepare the application for the certification and confirm it with the client.  On the second stage, the client s preparing the invoice for samples delivery that is needed to be sent to us for the check.  When the samples arrived at the customs clearance office the receiver prepare all the necessary documents confirming the import purpose and pay all the required fees to the government.  Import fees depend on the announced product price according to the shipping invoice. Products that are valued less than 200 EUR are free from such fees.  The final stage assumes the registration of the cargo declaration that confirms that the samples passed the customs clearance and can be used on for certification.
How can the EAC approval documents be prolonged after the expiration date?
Customs union certification system does not assume the prolongation procedure. This means that the certification process must be repeated including tests, production site audit if required. After all the procedures are done you will receive a new approval document. 
Is there an open register where the issued EAC approval document can be checked?
Almost all approval documents are to be registered in the open registers. Here you can refer to some of them: the Registered EAC Certificates of Conformity ,  the Registered EAC Declarations of Conformity , the registered State Registration Certificates , FFS Notifications (encrypted means) register.  If you need additional information please apply to [email protected]

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