The ACMA Authority has confirmed that the commencement date for the new labelling arrangements is 1 March 2013. The C-Tick and A-Tick compliance marks are to be phased out.
Changes to ACMA labelling arrangements
The three existing compliance marks (C-Tick, A-Tick and RCM) are being consolidated into a single compliance mark—the RCM. This will indicate a device's compliance with all applicable ACMA regulatory arrangements—that is, for telecommunications, radiocommunications, EMC and EME—and with applicable state and territory electrical equipment safety requirements.
Implementation During Transition Period
From 1 March 2013 to 1 March 2016
Arrangements for new suppliers
From 1 March 2013, the new arrangements will only apply to new suppliers—those who do not have a supplier code number issued by the ACMA. New suppliers must register on the new database and use the RCM to indicate compliance with applicable ACMA regulatory arrangements.
Arrangements for Current Suppliers
There will be a three-year transition period for current suppliers— those who have been issued with a supplier code number prior to the commencement date of 1 March 2013. These suppliers will be permitted to label devices with the C-Tick or A-Tick until the end of the transition period. These devices will be permitted to remain on the market with their current label without being re-labelled.
From 1 March 2016, the arrangements will apply to all suppliers.