Recognised Testing Authorities (Telecomms)

DISCONTINUATION OF DETERMINATION PROCESS FOR RECOGNISED TESTING AUTHORITIES

On 12 December 2018, the Telecommunications (Labelling Notice for Customer Equipment and Customer Cabling) Amendment Instrument 2018 (No. 1) removed requirements for the use of Recognised Testing Authorities (RTA).

The amended Telecommunications (Labelling Notice for Customer Equipment and Customer Cabling) Instrument 2015 (TLN) is now available via the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

As such, NATA has ceased to determine RTAs effective from the 12 December 2018.

Implications for all existing and applicant RTAs

Equipment identified as being high risk in the 2015 version of the TLN (as amended) will still require testing to the specified requirements.

Testing laboratories wishing to continue their testing services for equipment covered by the TLN should maintain their accreditation by NATA or another ILAC/APAC MRA signatory accreditation body for applicable standards identified in the TLN as required by the laboratory’s customers.

For regulatory purposes, the Australian Communications and Media Authority will continue to recognise a laboratory’s testing capability on the basis of their accreditation without the additional step of having to be determined by NATA.

Reporting requirements for accredited laboratories as specified in the TLN continue unchanged.

Implications for equipment manufacturers and suppliers

The requirements for all equipment to comply with the TLN continue unchanged.

Where the evidence of compliance requires testing and this is to be performed in a laboratory accredited by NATA or another ILAC/APAC MRA signatory; 

  • the applicable Standard(s) specified in the TLN must appear in the laboratory’s scope of accreditation; 
  • test reports must bear the accreditation body’s ‘endorsement’ or approved means of showing that the testing was performed in accordance with the accreditation.

To identify appropriately accredited laboratories, the search facilities of the relevant accreditation body(ies) should be used. A listing of ILAC signatory accreditation bodies and their contact/website details is maintained on the ILAC website at https://ilac.org/ilac-mra-and-signatories/.

RTA List The RTA listing that NATA maintains on its website is now closed to new determinations.

The list will be removed from the website at the end of January 2019. A copy will be retained in NATA’s archives for reference by the Australian Communications and Media Authority in case of disputes regarding the compliance of equipment already on the Australian market.

Enquiries

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