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Labelling requirements for new suppliers as of 1 March 2013

Under the new labelling arrangements, the three previous compliance marks (C-Tick, RCM and A-Tick (Australia)) have been consolidated into a single compliance mark—the RCM.

In New Zealand the RCM will indicate a device’s compliance with applicable Radio Spectrum Management’s (RSM) and Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) regulatory arrangements—that is, for radiocommunications and EMC.

The R-NZ is a new label for radio products supplied in the New Zealand market under levels of conformity A1, A2 and A3.

RSM's Compliance Notice and ACMA’s Labelling Notices have been amended to reflect the new labelling arrangements. These notices provide the legal requirements that must be referred to. There are no changes to the testing and record-keeping requirements currently applicable to devices subject to RSM and ACMA arrangements.



A new database has been established for all supplier registration. This is operated by the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC).

To register as a Responsible Supplier:

  • Visit the Responsible Supplier and Equipment Registration database.
  • Select the option labelled Responsible Supplier and follow the on screen instructions
  • References to ACMA in the web form and declaration also include RSM requirements.
  • The field labelled Company Name also accepts personal or trading names.
  • The application field labelled ABN/IRDN accepts Australian or New Zealand company numbers, or for personal registration, an IRD number.
  • Any supplier intending to supply the New Zealand market must have an office or an agent in New Zealand, before they can register with ERAC. The only exemption is suppliers who meet the requirements of the Radiocommunications Regulations (Mutual Recognition: Australia) Notice 2008.

Register as a Responsible Supplier through ERAC



A label indicates that the product complies with the applicable requirements.

For Products of level of conformity 1, 2 & 3 the compliance label is:

  • RCM mark  [image] RCM-mark.

Products that are radio transmitters of level of conformity A1, A2 or A3, the compliance label is:

  • R-NZ


Labelling conditions

The label must be legibly and durably applied on an external surface of the product. The label must be no smaller than 3mm in height for the compliance mark or the characters R-NZ and 1mm in height for the supplier identification. Products may be electronically labelled by means of an integral display providing;

  1. (i) The documentation that accompanies the product when it is supplied to the user sets out the method for displaying the compliance label; and
  2. (ii) The compliance label is applied to the product in a way that would make it difficult to delete, modify, or prevent the display of the label.



Labelling requirements for Suppliers operating under the provisions of the Mutual Recognition Agreements with Australia and China

New Zealand has mutual recognition agreements with Australia and China, which provide labelling exemptions as detailed in the respective Notices below.

Products supplied in accordance with the Radiocommunications Regulations (Mutual Recognition: Australia) Notice 2008 are exempt from:

  • the need for a New Zealand declaration of conformity; and
  • New Zealand labelling requirements.

Products supplied in accordance with the Radiocommunications Regulations (Mutual Recognition: People's Republic of China) Notice 2008 are exempt from:

  • New Zealand labelling requirements.


Labelling requirements for existing suppliers prior to 1 March 2013 (Transition arrangements)

From 1 March 2013

  • A three-year transition period applies to registered suppliers operating prior to 1 March 2013.
  • Suppliers will have until 29 February 2016 to register on the new database and start using the RCM.
  • Suppliers will be permitted to label devices with the C-Tick or Z supplier code number for radio products until 29 February 2016.
  • Suppliers will be permitted to keep devices labelled with the C-Tick and Z supplier code number on the market with their current label. Devices so labelled before the end of the transition period on 29 February 2016 and in accordance with the existing requirements will not need to be relabelled.


From 1 March 2016

  • The new arrangements specified at the beginning of this page will apply to all suppliers.



C-Tick logo ZIP file

Access to different file types of the C-Tick logo.

Read more about C-Tick logo ZIP file

Allocated Z Supplier Code Numbers (SCN)

The list of Z supplier code numbers as of 1 March 2013 and valid until 29 February 2016.

Read more about Allocated Z Supplier Code Numbers (SCN)

Last updated 7 August 2015