Recognised Testing Authorities (Telecomms)

DETERMINATION OF RECOGNISED TESTING AUTHORITIES DISCONTINUED

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 ceased determination of RTAs effective from the 12 December 2018.

Implications for Recognised Testing Authorities (Testing Laboratories)

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 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 MRA signatory:

  • the applicable Standard(s) specified in the TLN must appear in the laboratory’s scope of accreditation; and
  • 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 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The RTA listing that NATA previously maintained on its website has been archived.

Enquiries

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