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ACMA Releases New Supplier Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) Form Template

Australian SDoC Requirements Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has recently Introduced, a new Supplier Declaration of Conformity form. The SDoC form serves as a Declaration from the supplier of the the product that should meet the applicable technical standards and requirements set by ACMA under the RCM approvals rules. By this manufacturer/Supplier/Importer’s SDoC, ACMA aims to ensure that products entering the Australian market meet essential Safety, ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC), and Telecommunications standards. The recent changes in Supplier Declaration of Conformity form align with the Telecommunications Labelling Notice. Based on the new update issued in May 2023, the ACMA approved form for a Declaration of Conformity under the following legislative instruments:

  • Radiocommunications Equipment (General) Rules 2021covering the old Radio and EME labelling Notices
  • Radiocommunications Labelling (Electromagnetic Compatibility) Notice 2017.
  • Telecommunications (Labelling Notice for Customer Equipment and Customer Cabling) Instrument 2015.

The supplier is required to retain the complete form in the following given manner as part of the documentation for compliance records. You can create your own declaration of conformity, but it must contain all the information in our current version of the form. Additionally, they must make it available for inspection by the ACMA upon request.

  1. Supplier’s details (manufacturer, importer or authorised agent)
    • Company name (or individual)
    • Street address (Australia or New Zealand) & Contact Details
    • ACN/ARBN Or New Zealand IRDN
 
  1. Product details and date of manufacture
    • Product description – brand name, type, current model, lot, batch or serial number (if available)
    • Software/firmware version (if applicable)
    • Date of manufacture or importation of the original/modified item
 
  1. Compliance – applicable standards and other supporting documents
    • To demonstrate compliance with applicable standards, you may provide evidence such as test reports, endorsed or accredited test reports, and certification or statements from competent bodies.
    • After reviewing these documents, you confirm that the mentioned product meets the requirements outlined in the relevant ACMA standards established under the Radiocommunications Act 1992 and/or the Telecommunications Act 1997.
    • A list of these documents, including the standard title, number, and, if applicable, the test report/endorsed test report number or certification/competent body statement number.
 
  1. Declaration – In the declaration section, you must confirm the following:
  • I am authorised to make this declaration on behalf of the Company mentioned above
  • The contents of this form are true and correct
  • The product mentioned above complies with the applicable above-mentioned standards and all products supplied under this declaration will be identical to the product identified above
  • I understand that giving false or misleading information is a serious offence
    • Note: It is an offence to knowingly provide false or misleading information to a Commonwealth entity or a person who is exercising powers, performing functions under, or in connection with, a law of the Commonwealth. It is an offence to knowingly provide false or misleading information or documents in compliance or purported compliance with a law of the Commonwealth. (See sections 137.1 and 137.2 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.)
 
Penalty: 12 months imprisonment

All records in the form of a Compliance Folder must be retained for up to 5 years from the last date of sale of the product. These documents will be audited by ACMA during surveillance.

Please refer the following link for updated Supplier Declaration of Conformity form: https://www.acma.gov.au/publications/2019-11/form/form-c02-suppliers-declaration-conformity

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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