Different Type of classes & levels in Australian RCM compliance

Navigating the diverse classifications and levels within Australian RCM Compliance for electronic products can be perplexing, particularly for those embarking on their careers in product testing and compliance. Here, we demystify these standards and regulations, providing clarity and ease of understanding for readers at the onset of their professional journey.

Contents

EMC Classes: (Class A & Class B)

Electrical Safety Classes (Class I, Class II & Class III)

In Scope Electrical Equipment Levels (Level 1, Level 2 & Level 3) in Australia

ACMA Compliance Levels (Level 1, Level 2, Level 3)

Conclusion

 

EMC Classes: (Class A & Class B) as defined in most EMC Standards
In the context of EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility), Class A and Class B refer to two different levels of electromagnetic emissions limits for electronic devices.

Class A: Devices that comply with Class A standards are typically intended for use in industrial environments, where there are fewer restrictions on electromagnetic interference. Class A devices are expected to have higher emission levels of electromagnetic emissions compared to Class B devices. Class A compliant devices are not meant to use in class B environment.

Class B: Devices that comply with Class B standards are intended for use in residential, commercial, and business environments, where there are stricter regulations on electromagnetic interference. Class B devices are required to have a higher level of electromagnetic interference suppression compared to Class A devices to minimize their impact on other electronic systems operating in its close vicinity. Class B compliant devices can be used in class A environment.

 

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Praveen Rao

CEO & Technical Director, C-PRAV Group: Australia, New Zealand, India & Canada 

C-PRAV Labs & Certifications 

Professional engineering experience of 30+ years with technical and managerial skills obtained from professional degree, courses, and hands-on experience, while working with organizations and companies involved in Design & Development, Testing, Inspection, Certification and Compliance (TICC). 

Management of electrical/electronic products & systems Testing and Certifications for Global markets in Consumer, Industrial, IT, Telecom, Defence, Medical, and Automotive Industries. Overall advisory for Standards, Regulations, Testing and Certifications for Global Market Access (GMA). 

  • ISO/IEC 17025 Lab Quality Management 
  • NATA Authorised Signatory (1995 to 2000) for EMC Testing 
  • NATA & IANZ Authorised Technical Assessor (current)
  • EMI/EMC, RF/Wireless, EMR-RF Exposure/SAR 
  • NATA Technical Assessors Advisory Committee (current) 
  • Current Chair of Australian EMC National Standards Committee 
  • Member of Australian National standards committees for Safety, Radio, RF Exp/SAR 
  • Represent Australia in International Standards committees like IEC, CISPR, IEEE 
  • Member of Telecommunications Certification Body Council, USA and European REDCA