Approvals

Approval and certification

Declared electrical equipment must be approved and certified prior to sale in Australia and must be marked with the approval certification number or be marked with the regulatory compliance mark (RCM). It is an offence for a person to sell declared electrical equipment unless the electrical equipment has been approved and certified.

What is C-Tick

The C-Tick is an identification trademark registered to the ACMA, which signifies compliance with applicable EMC standards and also provides a traceable link between the equipment and the supplier. The C-Tick mark and supplier identification are placed on the external surface of the product near the model number. Any organisation wishing to use the C-Tick compliance mark must first make written application to ACMA.

Approvals

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Official compliance

C-Tick (N29804)

What does C-Tick legislation require?

Basically, to comply with the C-Tick requirements a supplier must:

Declared vs. Non-declared

All electrical equipment is defined into a category of either declared (or prescribed) electrical equipment or non-declared (or non-prescribed) electrical equipment. There is legislation administered by each State and Territory in Australia and New Zealand that sets out particular requirements to be met for both categories of equipment to ensure the electrical safety of the equipment before it can be sold.

Non-declared equipment

Non-declared electrical equipment does not have to have electrical safety approval certification prior to sale but you have a legal obligation to ensure equipment is electrically safe. It is an offence for a person to sell non-declared electrical products unless the electrical product complies with the safety criteria of AS/NZS 3820 essential safety requirements for low voltage electrical equipment.

Seller obligation

The seller has an obligation to ensure the electrical safety of any electrical product sold. Manufacturers and importers are encouraged to voluntarily submit any non-declared electrical product that they wish to sell for certification.

Compliance testing

The best way to ensure compliance is to have the equipment tested to the applicable standard and certified by SAA Approvals.