The Department of Fair Trading in New South Wales has recently been advising that the RCM mark may no longer be used to demonstrate compliance with electrical safety in their State. Therefore you will have to mark the product with the SAA XXXXXX EA number to satisfy that requirement. It is now law in Queensland that the RCM mark is required for sale in their State once the transition period has expired.
All other States and NZ have agreed to enact legislation as per Queensland. Additionally, if a product is subject to EMC requirements, the RCM mark is required by the ACMA to demonstrate compliance for EMC, again subject to a transitional period.
For this reason we are advising our clients to mark the product with the SAA number and the RCM mark to ensure compliance across different jurisdictions. Overseas manufacturers are advised to ensure that their importers register for RCM as well.
Note that SAA will be uploading all certificates into the national database, so RCM registration of certificates will automatically be achieved free of charge for all our applicants. The process is automatic and will generally occur on the day the certificate is issued.
Standards Australia has released a draft amendment to AS/NZS 5033 (amdt 2) which grants an extension of 24 months from publication of the amendment for compliance to IEC 62109. This was in response to industry feedback. We would anticipate that the draft will be voted through at some stage so the deadline of July 16 2013 for 62109 compliance will no longer be in place. Once the amendment has been published, we will advise through our newsletter. This information also appeared on the CEC website.[:]
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).
The General Manager
SAA Approvals Pty Ltd
PO Box 189
Cannon Hill QLD 4170