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Transition period

Will I need to re-label existing devices?

No. Devices labelled with the C-Tick or Supplier Code Number in accordance with the existing requirements (including during the transition period) will not need to be relabelled and can remain on the market with their current label. This includes devices that have been labelled, but not supplied to the market (for example, factory stock).

 

Will I need to recall existing devices?

No. Devices labelled in accordance with the existing requirements (or during the transition period) will be permitted to remain on the market.

 

If the same type of device has been manufactured prior to 1 March 2016, can devices in the same product line continue to be labelled with the C-Tick or Supplier Code Number after 1 March 2016?

No. All devices that are physically labelled from 1 March 2016 must be labelled with the RCM or R-NZ. This is regardless of whether the same type of item has previously been labelled with the C-Tick or the Supplier Code Number.

 

Will I need to use the RCM or R-NZ from the commencement date?

Only a new supplier will need to use the RCM or R-NZ from the commencement date. For a current supplier (registered on the Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) or Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) supplier databases prior to the commencement date) a transition time frame applies to the labelling of new devices. This gives the supplier time to develop new artwork and modify production equipment and software.

 

When will all new devices need the RCM or R-NZ?

All devices required to be labelled with a compliance mark under the RSM regulatory arrangements and that are physically labelled for the first time after 1 March 2016 will need to be labelled with the RCM or R-NZ.

 

If a device labelled with a C-Tick (or A-Tick for Australia) is imported (but not placed on the market) prior to the end of the transition period will it have to be relabelled with the RCM before it can be sold?

No. A device that is labelled with the C-Tick/A-Tick by, or for, a current supplier prior to the end of the transition period can be supplied after that date. However, all unlabelled devices supplied from the end of the transition period that need a label must use the RCM.

 

If a radio device is labelled with a Supplier Code Number but not placed on the market prior to the end of the transition period, will it have to be relabelled with the R-NZ before it can be sold?

No. A device that is labelled with a supplier code number for a current supplier prior to the end of the transition period can be supplied after that date. However, all unlabelled devices supplied from the end of the transition period that need a label must use the R-NZ.

 

If stock of a device labelled with the C-Tick or the supplier code number prior to the end of the transition period but the labelled stock is located offshore and has not been supplied in New Zealand, will it have to be relabelled with the RCM or R-NZ before it can be sold?

No. All stock that is labelled with the C-Tick or the supplier code number by, or for, a current supplier prior to the end of the transition period can continue to be supplied after that date.

 

Can I label my devices with the RCM or R-NZ if I am not registered on the new database?

No. The supplier must register on the new database before applying the RCM or R-NZ.

 

Will registering on the new database under the new RSM arrangements incur a fee?

No. A supplier registering on the new database only for the purposes of RSM radiocommunications and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) arrangements will not incur a fee.

Where labelling requirements apply under the Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS), electrical equipment supplier registration will incur a fee.

 

Do I have to pay a fee to use the RCM or R-NZ under the new arrangements?

No.

 

I use an agent to meet my compliance obligations under the current RSM arrangements. Can I continue to use an agent under the new arrangements?

Yes.

 

Last updated 2 December 2014