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Compliance arrangements

What devices will the RCM and R-NZ apply to?

The devices within the scope of the Compliance Notice 2004 will not alter as a result of using the RCM or R-NZ. The use of the RCM or R-NZ does not change any of the other Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) regulatory requirements applying to devices.

 

Will radio transmitting products need to be labelled with the RCM?

Yes. For radio apparatus in the level of conformity categories 1, 2 and 3.
For radio transmitting products in the levels of conformity A1, A2, and A3 the New Zealand radio label, R-NZ, must be used instead of the RCM (see the Radiocommunications (Radio Standards) Notice for details).
As there may be different radio frequency allocations in New Zealand and Australia the New Zealand radio label, R-NZ, indicates compliance to New Zealand standards only.

See the Radiocommunications (Radio Standards) Notice for details.

 

Will the use of the RCM and R-NZ change the types of devices required to be labelled?

No. A device that is currently required to be labelled under RSM arrangements will still have to be labelled. If a device is currently not required to be labelled, it will not be required to be labelled under the new arrangements.

 

Will the use of the RCM and R-NZ involve changes to the compliance arrangements?

No. The changes will not affect the device compliance requirements of the relevant regulatory arrangements. Testing, record-keeping and evidential requirements (for example, a declaration of conformity) are set out in the Compliance Notice.

 

Does the compliance label still need to identify the supplier of the product?

No. The requirement for supplier identification of products has been removed.

 

Why has the requirement for supplier identification been removed?

RSM’s product compliance activities typically focus on the supply chain. The absence of supplier identification is not expected to have a detrimental impact on these compliance activities.

Current supplier identification requirements may increase suppliers’ compliance costs, notably where they must make special arrangements with an overseas manufacturer to ensure the supplier identification is included on the product.

RSM is aware that some suppliers attempt to use the current supplier code number as a way to prevent parallel importation—a function of supplier identification that was never intended. Parallel importing is a matter properly addressed under consumer protection, trademark and other relevant law.

 

Will electronic labelling with the RCM be allowed?

Yes. The arrangements for use of electronic labelling will continue to apply to the RCM and R-NZ.

 

Last updated 2 December 2014