Marking of Electrical Equipment
The new Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS) has changed the marking requirements to a single Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM). The authorisation to apply the RCM resides with the Responsible Supplier.
Upon registration, the Responsible Supplier is granted authorisation to place the RCM on the product for sale. The certificate holder is no longer required to mark the unique approval number issued by the Regulatory Authority or the Recognised External Certification Scheme.
NOTE: The Australian Communications and Media authority (ACMA) will also use the RCM as their required mark.
The Regulatory Compliance Mark or RCM will be the symbol utilised to show the equipment is linked to a responsible supplier.
All Level 1, 2 or 3 electrical equipment offered for sale by registered Responsible Suppliers must be marked with the Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM), as illustrated below:
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 (non-EESS link) provides general requirements for the use of the RCM including location of the marking on the equipment and its dimensional requirements.
The RCM should be placed in accordance with AS/NZS 4417.1 (i.e. generally on the external surface of the electrical equipment as near as possible to the model identification). If there is an exceptional reason why the RCM cannot be marked on the equipment, the responsible supplier may request for the Regulator to allow an alternative mark. These requests can be submitted to email@example.com.
Further information on labelling of items with the RCM can be found in the AS/NZS 4417.1 (Use of the mark).
Responsible Suppliers are given a copy of AS/NZS 4417.1 when they register on the EESS Registration Database as it includes correct dimensions of the RCM.
For NSW businesses selling exclusively in NSW (and not into any other State or Territory), contact the NSW regulator regarding marking requirements at www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au.