New Zealand Compliance

The main regulators are RSM who govern EMC and Radiocommunications and Worksafe New Zealand who govern Electrical Safety.

Compliance is indicated through the RCM labelling scheme

New Zealand Compliance R-NZ mark

New Zealand Compliance Experts

Global Approvals are experts in New Zealand Compliance of electrical and electronic products. The Major Regulatory Authorities and Legislative Acts are:

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New Zealand Compliance RCM Mark

Our Services to You…

Global Approvals provides an affordable, comprehensive, New Zealand Compliance Solution. We prepare Regulatory & Test Plans, assess & validate overseas test reports, prepare assessment reports, arrange testing (local or international) as required, arrange Registration and Certification and arrange local representation.

Often New Zealand compliance is completed in tandem with Australian compliance as requirements are similar.

We provide a single point contact service from start to finish that is matched to  your specific requirements.

Let us expertly guide you through the maze of red tape.

New Zealand Compliance - RCM Approval

Q: If I have Australian Compliance, am I automatically covered for New Zealand?

A: No, however many requirements are either the same or very similar. Many standards and certifications are accepted under the Trans Tasman MRA.

In general, Australian compliance evidence can be used to satisfy NZ rules and be used as part of various  certification and permit applications.

Various exemptions exist when the product already has Australian compliance and certification. Read on below or contact us to learn more.

Radio Spectrum Management

RSM is a New Zealand federal government agency with a mandate under the Radiocommunications Act 1989 and the Radiocommunications Regulations 2001 to manage the radio spectrum. This is achieved through enforcement of the RCM (Regulatory Compliance Mark).

RSM governs the following:

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New Zealand RSM


The C-tick mark was adopted prior to 2016 to indicate EMC and Radiocommunications compliance.

RCM and R-NZ

The RCM mark is now used to indicate EMC and radio compliance. Certain radio devices must also be labelled with the R-NZ.

The national database is used for registration of Responsible Suppliers.

The RCM scheme is based on self declation.

Labelling Notices & Gazettes

Electrical and electronic devices must comply with applicable RSM Labelling Notices, Gazettes and Standards. Compliance can be verified by holding valid evidence such as test reports.

RSM adminster the following Notices:

  • Radiocommunications (Compliance) Notice 2013 No.2
  • Radiocommunications Regulations (Radio Standards) Notice 2020
  • Radiocommunications (EMC Standards) Notice 2019

Test Reports

Overseas test reports can be used as compliance evidence, provided they are valid.

For “high risk” devices accredited test reports must be held.

Record Keeping & Labelling

Once the necessary evidence has been arranged and compliance confirmed a product description must be prepared, a Supplier Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) must be signed, the device must be labelled with the RCM mark (and R-NZ if applicable) and a compliance folder must be prepared and held.

Exemptions apply if the product has ACMA RCM compliance, under the Trans-Tasman MRA.

The legal entity who places the device on the market is known as a Responsible Supplier. This can be an importer of goods, a local developer, manufacturer or local representative.

Oversees entities can export to New Zealand however a local NZ company or NZ resident must take responsibility for compliance, sign the SDoC and hold the compliance folder or Permit where applicable.

Responsible Suppliers must register on the ERAC Database.

Equipment can also be registered on the database.

It is possible to appoint a local New Zealand company or resident to act on behalf of an overseas supplier.

If the overseas entity does not have representation in New Zealand then a local representative can be arranged.

Global Approvals can arrange representation is New Zealand. Contact us to find out more.

It is an offence to supply a product that does not comply with the relevant RSM RCM notices or is not appropriately labelled with the RCM and/or R-NZ Mark.

Penalties are defined in the Radiocommunications Regulations 2001.

Important Downloads and Links:

Download RCM Label

RCM mark artwork

Download RSM Supplier Declaration (SDoC)

RSM Supplier Declaration of Conformity (SDoC)

ACMA/ERAC database

ERAC Database

Electromagnetic Compatibility

RSM EMC requirements are specified in the Radiocommunications (EMC standards) Notice 2019. Only conducted and radiated emissions testing is mandatory. Immunity testing is recommended for a more reliable product and is mandatory for EU compliance.

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EMC compliance for NZ RSM

There are three risk levels for RSM EMC:

Level of Conformity 1 (Low Risk)

Basic devices with a low potential for interference that generally contain:

  • manual switches or simple relays
  • brushless squirrel cage induction motors
  • wire-wound, mains frequency transformers
  • rectifier diodes
  • resistive heating elements

Level of Conformity 2 (Medium Risk)

  • Devices with a moderate interference potential that contain:
  • microprocessor or other clocked digital device
  • radio frequency oscillator
  • commutator or slip-ring motor
  • arc welding equipment
  • lighting ballast
  • switch-mode power supplies, lighting dimmers, electronic transformers, motor speed controllers
  • Group 1 ISM as per AS/NZS CISPR 11
  • Telecommunications terminal equipment (TTE) designed for installation in customer premises

Level of Conformity 3 (High Risk)

Devices which are classed as:

  • Group 2 industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) equipment, as defined in AS/NZS CISPR 11

Specific EMC Requirements

For all levels the product must comply with an applicable standard.

Level of Conformity 1 (Low risk):  Evidence of compliance; product description and Supplier Declaration of Conformity (if labelled with RCM voluntarily)

Level of Conformity 2 (Medium Risk): Product description, Supplier Declaration of Conformity, valid test report, label with the RCM

Level of Conformity 3 (High Risk): Product description, Supplier Declaration of Conformity, accredited test report, label with the RCM

A Compliance Folder must be maintained that includes the necessary documents. It can be electronic or hard copy.

Click here to download the RSM SDoC and RCM Mark.

EMC Standards

A list of mandated EMC standards is maintained by the Chief Executive, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The most applicable EMC standard for the product shall be applied.

Reports for high risk devices must be issued by an ilac accredited laboratory.

Refer to the ACMA EMC page for a list of common EMC standards.

NOTE: There are variations to CISPR 14.1 and equivalents standards.

Overseas EMC Test Reports

CE Marking EMC test reports can be used provided they are valid, written in English and adequately prove that the product complies with the relevant standard.

If there is doubt as to the reports validity it should be assessed by an expert before the RSM SDoC is signed.

Global Approvals provides economical, expert EMC report review services. Should any top-up EMC testing be necessary we can arrange it.


Various exemptions apply such as very low power devices, spare parts, devices supplied with quantity no more than 10 per year, battery powered devices or equipment for the New Zealand Defence Force. Contact us for expert advice.

HOT TIP: If you are importing a device ask your supplier for ACMA RCM or CE Marking documentation!


RSM EMC requirements are specified in the Radiocommunications Regulations (Radio Standards) Notice 2020. All products must comply with the Unwanted Emissions Limits as shown in the notice, regardless of conformity level.

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NZ Radio compliance


Some radio devices are conformity levels 1, 2 and 3 and are harmonised with Australia. The majority of radio products are conformity level A1, A2 and A3.

Radio Devices

The RSM GURL (General User Radio Licence) Notices cover a range of radio technologies such as:

  • Cordless Phones
  • Satellite
  • Aeronautical
  • CB and PRS
  • Maritime UHF
  • Radar

The most common Notice is for Short Range Devices (SRDs), Restricted Radiation Devices (RRDs), Low Interference Potential Devices (LIPDs), or Spread Spectrum Devices (SSDs).

An SRD may be used provided it conforms to the requirements specified in the SRD GURL.

Industry standard AS/NZS 4268 specifies standards and methodologies.

Examples of common Short Range Devices include the following:

  • Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Transceivers (2.4GHz)
  • Wi-Fi Transceivers (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • LoRa (915MHz)
  • RFID (13.56MHz)
  • Garage door openers (433MHz)
  • Zigbee Transceivers (2.4GHz)
  • Sigfox Transceivers (915MHz)

Specific Conformity Level Requirements

The product must comply with an applicable standard.

Level of Conformity 1 (Low risk): Product description, Supplier Declaration of Conformity, evidence of compliance, label with the RCM

Level of Conformity A1 (Low risk): Product description, Supplier Declaration of Conformity, evidence, label with R-NZ

Level of Conformity A2 (Medium Risk): Product description, Supplier Declaration of Conformity, valid test report, label with the R-NZ

Level of Conformity A3 (High Risk): Product description, Supplier Declaration of Conformity, accredited test report, label with the R-NZ

The product must also meet relevant licence requirements.

A Compliance Folder must be maintained that includes the necessary documents. It can be electronic or hard copy.

Radio Modules

Refer to the ACMA RCM Radiocommunication page for information on radio module integration.


Refer to the ACMA RCM Radiocommunication page for a list of standards that can be used to demonstrate compliance.

Report Assessments

It is not mandatory to hold test reports for SRD’s (level 1), only sufficient evidence of compliance. Holding valid test reports is the best evidence. Ultimately the Responsible Supplier must sign the SDoC hence having an assessment of an existing report by an expert is a sound investment.

Global Approvals can expertly review your existing radio reports.


Various exemptions apply such as Short Range Radio’s installed in a vehicle and New Zealand Defence Force radio’s. Contact us for expert advice.

HOT TIP: Refer to the ACMA Radiocoms page for Radio Module integration advice.


Telecommunications compliance is legislated in New Zealand under the Telecommunications Act 2001. Equipment may only be connected to a network if the network operator has agreed to the connection. Each network operator has their own requirements for connection which generally includes compliance with relevant EMC, Telecoms, Safety, EMR and RF standards in order for connection permits to be issued.

Q: Is ACMA RCM Telecommunications compliance accepted?

A: The compliance evidence can be used as part of the permit application process although there are unique New Zealand standards.

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NZ Telecoms compliance

Each carrier or network operator has their own rules for device connection as per the Telecommunications Act.

Spark NZ uses a Permit to Connect (PTC) approval system. An application must be made to Spark in order for a Telepermit to be issued.

The following compliance evidence must be submitted as part of the application:

  • EMC test report (typically AS/NZS CISPR 32 or equivalent)
  • Electrical Safety test report (AS/NZS 60950.1)
  • Telecommunications test report (relevant NZ PTC standards, for example PTC 200 for PSTN devices and PTC 220 for private voice networks)
  • Energy Efficiency Test report for external AC power adapters (AS/NZS 4665.1 and AS/NZS 4665.2)
  • Radiocommunications test reports for any radio transmitters (typically AS/NZS 4268 for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, RFID technologies or relevant CE and FCC reports).

If your telecoms device already has ACMA RCM approval then reports for most of the necessary standards should be available.

Once the application has been successfully processed a Telepermit will be issued with the Telepermit label and unique Telepermit number.

Global Approvals can arrange a Telepermit on your behalf. Contact us to find out how.

Worksafe New Zealand

Worksafe New Zealand is a New Zealand federal government agency with a mandate under the Electricity Act 1992 to ensure electrical equipment is safe and high quality in order to meet the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010.

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    Worksafe NZ safety compliance

    Essential safety requirements

    Suppliers of electrical equipment must take all reasonable steps to ensure equipment is safe. 

    Equipment must comply with relevant product family standards or as an alternative under certain circumstances, the requirements of AS/NZS 3820 Essential safety requirements for electrical equipment.

    Compliance evidence can be in the form of test reports from recognised testing laboratories and International Certifications through Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRA’s).

    Medium Risk Products

    These products are also known as Declared Medium Risk Articles. Compliance requirements are as follows:

    • Compliance with a relevant product family standard as per schedule 4 of the Electricity (Safety) Amendment Regulations 2011 or  AS/NZS 3820
    • Test report or Certificate of Conformity
    • Supplier Declaration of Conformity (SDoC)

    Australian ERAC EESS Certification is acceptable to accompany the SDoC under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement (TTMRA).

    High Risk Products

    These products are also known as Declared High Risk Articles. Compliance requirements are as follows:

    • Compliance with a relevant product family standard as per schedule 4 of the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010 or  AS/NZS 3820
    • Test report from an accredited and recognised laboratory, Certificate of Conformity or IECEE CB report & CB Certificate
    • Supplier Declaration of Conformity (SDoC)
    • Mark each product with the appropriate approval number or Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM)

    High Risk products are generally household items.

    Only WorkSafe New Zealand or a recognised agency can approve a high risk article.

    Alternatively, Australian ERAC EESS Certification is recognised under the TTMRA, provided the New Zealand Supplier is registered on the EESS database as a responsible or affiliated supplier.

    A product can also be certified in accordance with one of New Zealand’s other EEE MRAs, in which case an additional approval by WorkSafe is not required.

    Certification is valid for up to five years.

    Interesting Fact: The Electricity (Safety) Regulations also cover supply of second hand appliances!

    Global Approvals can arrange Certification of your electrical equipment in New Zealand and a local agent if required. Contact us for a quote.

    Electromagnetic Radiation

    Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) compliance is not specified in any New Zealand legislation.

    The New Zealand Ministry of Health recommends compliance with NZS 2772.1:1999 and ICNIRP guidelines.

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    NZ EMR compliance

    NZS 2772.1 specifies RF exposure limits to protect workers (OH&S) and the general public from Electromagnetic Radiation in the 3kHz to 300GHz range. Assessment is completed per the methodology of AS/NZS 2772.2.

    Below 3kHz compliance with the limits of ICNIRP are recommended.

    Exposure sources typically include nearby radio transmitters (mobile phone towers,  rooftop antenna arrays, Wi-Fi repeaters and boosters) and electrical substations.

    Compliance to Australian standard ARPANSA RPS3 referencing AS/NZS 2772.2 may also be sufficient evidence of compliance.

    Energy Efficiency

    Energy Efficiency in New Zealand is governed by EECA (Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority).

    The Energy Rating Label applies to certain electrical goods under the Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002.

    The Energy Rating Label was developed under the trans-Tasman Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Program and applies in both New Zealand and Australia.

    NZ energy efficiency

    If your product has been approved for Energy Efficiency in Australia under the E3 Program you don’t have to re-test in New Zealand.

    For more information on the Energy Rating Label and the E3 Program please click here.

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