Des and Matt are planning a seminar on the new Electrical Safety system, incorporating changes to the RCM system in Hong Kong on the morning of Friday April 26. If you are interested, please reply to this email so we can get an idea of numbers for the venue. It would be suitable for lab staff as well as manufacturers. The cost will be AUD 40 per attendee. We are planning on more of these seminars, both in mainland China and in Australia in the coming months.
We are closed on Friday 29 March and Monday 1 April.
1. Can a Chinese Manufacturer register for the RCM mark?
No – the Responsible Supplier must be based in Australia and only they can register. In practice this will mean that the importer has to register.
2. Which products have to be registered on the new EESS national database?
Only level 2 and 3 products must be registered on the new database. This can only be done by the responsible supplier or their authorised Officer, not by the manufacturer in China. Initially this list is following the Declared Article List which you can find on our website: here
3. What is happening with the C-tick?
The C-tick denotes conformity to the EMC regulations in Australia and NZ. They are transitioning to the use of the RCM mark as well. This means the RCM mark will be the only mark to show compliance with EMC in the future. You can see a detailed summary of what is happening on the ACMA website here.
4. What is happening with New South Wales?
Truthfully, we are unsure what this will mean for NSW importers, as NSW are not participating in the new scheme, so products approved for use in NSW with an SAA approval and no RCM could technically be illegal for sale in States which have legislated for the EESS rules. Note however that if you CHOOSE to use the RCM mark in NSW, you will have to abide by the EESS rules which have been written into the rules governing the use of the RCM mark, AS/NZS 4417.2:2012 which came into force on March 1 2013.
5. What does the Chinese manufacturer have to do?
Exactly the same as before: A. Get the product tested at an accredited laboratory and obtain an endorsed test report. B. Get an SAA certificate. C. Supply the test report and SAA certificate to the importer. D. Make the product exactly as has been tested and approved. E. Mark the product with the RCM mark.
6. Is an SAA certificate still required under the new system?
Yes. If it was required before, then it still is required under the new system.
Please fill out all sections in the application form. We do not start the 5 working day process until all the correct documents are received. There is a very helpful guide to filling out the form here and some helpful info in Chinese here.[:]
SAA Approvals is accredited by the Joint Accreditation Service of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) as a third party certification body to issue certificates for electrical equipment that has proven to comply with the safety requirements of the applicable Australian Standard.
SAA Approvals is accepted and gazetted by the New South Wales Fair Trading as a Recognised External Approvals Scheme (REAS) and Queensland Electrical Safety Office as a Recognised External Certification Scheme (RECS).
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Murarrie QLD 4172
The General Manager
SAA Approvals Pty Ltd
PO Box 189
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