Technical Requirements

Background:

In Australia, the ACMA is responsible for regulating customer equipment, customer cabling, electrical and electronic devices, vehicles and devices with internal combustion engines under the Telecommunications Act 1997 and the Radiocommunications Act 1992.

These regimes cover aspects of devices related to their telecommunications, radiocommunications, electromagnetic energy (EME) and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) functions.

The ACMA has four labelling notices that impose obligations on suppliers, including the requirement to comply with technical standards, maintain records and apply a label (compliance mark) to the device.

Affixing a compliance mark to a device is a visible indication that the device meets the requirements of the relevant labelling notice.

A new Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS) covering state and territory electrical equipment safety arrangements is proposed.

In New Zealand, the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is responsible for regulating electrical and electronic devices, vehicles and devices with internal combustion engines under the Radiocommunications Act 1989.

This regime covers aspects of devices related to their radiocommunications and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) functions, imposing obligations on suppliers, including the requirement to comply with technical standards, maintain records and apply a label (compliance mark) to the device.

The primary policy for telecommunications is the Telecommunications Act 2001 and product requirements are administered by Telecom NZ using the Telepermit scheme administered by the Access Standards team or the Mobile team.

Labelling Notices:

There are many permutations to the requirements stipulated in the Notices and so it is recommended that Braco Compliance be contacted directly for queries.

What is noteworthy is that it is often not necessary to have test reports to an AS/NZS standard. For EMC, test reports to EN55022 may be used – refer here. Similarly, for Radio, BlueTooth and Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11 series), test reports to EN 300 328 or FCC requirements 47 CFR Part 15.247 may be used.

For further information, please contact Braco Compliance Ltd.