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Marking of in-scope electrical equipment

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Marking requirements

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 now lies with the responsible supplier.

Upon registration, the responsible supplier is granted authorisation to place the RCM on product they sell. The certificate holder is no longer required to mark the unique approval number issued by the Regulator or the Recognised External Certification Scheme.

NOTE: The Australian Communications and Media authority (ACMA) will also use the RCM as their required mark.


Transition arrangements have been included for marking changes introduced by the EESS. In general, from 1 March 2013 registered responsible suppliers have three years to change the marking on product they import or manufacture and sellers have five years to comply with the new marking requirements with product in stock and on the shelf.

Refer also to the transitional arrangements on the ERAC website for more information.

RCM mark

The Regulatory Compliance Mark or RCM will be the symbol utilised to show the equipment is linked to a responsible supplier.

Regulatory compliance mark

The Australian Standard AS/NZS 4417.1 AS/NZS 4417.1 Marking of electrical products to indicate compliance with regulations – General rules for use of the mark (non-Queensland Government link) provides general requirements for the use of the RCM including location of the marking on the equipment and its dimensional requirements.

Previous marking requirements (prior to 1 March 2013)

Holders of Certificates of Approval under the old scheme were granted authorisation to mark the equipment with a unique approval number, or the RCM. These unique approval numbering systems are explained below, and are an indication the product has been through the certification process, equivalent to the requirements for level 3 in-scope electrical equipment.

Typically, these markings consist of a letter to indicate the state or territory jurisdiction in which approval was granted, followed by several characters. With the introduction of the EESS, these markings will be phased out.

Examples of the marks issued under the old scheme legislation of the various regulators include:

Known Certification Marks

Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM)

Regulatory compliance mark

When used in conjunction with requirements of AS/NZS4417.1 and supplier and equipment is registered.

Other Markings

SAI TE EA<number>
SAI SMK EA<number>
SGS EA<number>

Electrical appliance approval label

Electrical appliance approval label

Recognition of approval

For existing Queensland approvals issued prior to 1 March 2013 the Queensland approval marks are recognised in all states and territories of Australia and New Zealand as meeting the current requirements for sale that state or territory and New Zealand. The Queensland approval marks and other states and territories approval marks of certificates that have not expired or been cancelled will be recognised by Queensland until 1 March 2018 after which time the equipment must be marked with the RCM.

Queensland recognises a certificate granted under law by other states or territories of Australia. However Queensland requires the certificate to be listed on the national database and the equipment linked to a registered responsible supplier (the first registered seller of the equipment) prior to being offered for sale in Queensland (this is a requirement for registration of the seller and not an additional requirement on the equipment).

The ERAC website has a further explanation of recognition arrangements between jurisdictions.

Electromagnetic compatibility

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) have also changed their (EMC) marking requirements to coincide with the introduction of the EESS and reduce cost to business by utilising the RCM. 

A responsible supplier can register for EESS and EMC compliance at ERAC or they can access the EMC registration at ACMA.

Prior to this change, ACMA required the below symbol which was called the C-tick.

C-tick symbol

The C-tick is not an electrical safety approval.

ACMA regulate the EMC requirements of electrical products (previously referred to as the C-tick). For information on EMC requirements contact ACMA.

Last updated
13 September 2017

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