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Another Australian First – NATA Accreditation for Approval of Cellular Devices


EMC Technologies is proud to announce that it has achieved NATA ISO 17020 accreditation for the assessment of ACMA compliance of products connecting to the mobile phone and cellular network.  EMC Technologies can now issue NATA endorsed reports showing compliance of 3G, 4G/LTE devices, and Satellite phones with the applicable mandatory standards: AS/CA S042.1 and AS/CA S042.4.

A NATA endorsed report gives a high level of confidence of compliance with the complex regulatory requirements of the mobile telecommunications sector.


The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) requires that devices connecting to the mobile phone network must comply with the applicable mandatory standards specified within the ACMA Telecommunications (Labelling Notice for Customer Equipment and Customer Cabling) Instrument 2015; known as the TLN.

The TLN prescribes a range of mandatory standards including standards for devices that connect to the mobile phone and cellular network.  The applicable mandatory standard is:

Telecommunications Technical Standard (Requirements for Connection to an Air Interface of a Telecommunications Network – AS/CA S042.1 2018.

Depending on whether the device is a 3G or 4G/LTE device or a Satellite phone, compliance with the following is required:

AS/CA S042.1   Australian Standard AS/CA S042.1: – Requirements for connection to an air interface of a Telecommunications Network – Part 1: General

AS/CA S042.4: – Requirements for connection to an air interface of a Telecommunications Network – Part 4: IMT-2000 Customer Equipment

The mandatory standards above apply to devices such as mobile phones, cellular devices, satellite phones, and any device that connects to the Cellular network.

Our NATA accreditation for S042 complements EMC Technologies’ extensive NATA accreditations for EMC, EMR, SAR, and Safety. EMCT is the only test house in Australia that can provide all the necessary services under one roof.

NOTE 1: Radiated spurious emissions testing of the compliant cellular module and host device to EN 301 908-1 and FCC Part 22 may be required as part of the telecommunications assessment. This is an S042 requirement and may not be covered by existing test reports. EMC Technologies can provide this service if required.

NOTE 2: Certification Body Statements are no longer mandatory. We can arrange one if required through a partner company. 

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ACMA Compliance with these applicable RCM (formerly C-tick, A-tick) standards is mandatory for all devices that connect to the mobile phone network and use voice or data.

  •  WBCDMA (3G) and LTE (4G) devices must comply with AS/CA S042.1 and AS/CA S042.4.
  • Satellite Phones must comply with AS/CA S042.1.
  • Other applicable ACMA RCM test standards may also apply for SAR/EMR, EMC, Radiocommunications, Safety, and MEPS
  • Power Adapters or Chargers must be RCM certified and registered on the ERAC National Database.

ACMA Compliance is mandatory for mobile phones (cell phones), modems, GPS Trackers, etc,  and any device connecting to the mobile phone network, or to a satellite service. Determination of the requirements is a complex task fraught with risk.  EMC Technologies can advise and guide you and assess the reports, documents, and administrative steps required for ACMA RCM certification and RCM compliance.

After the product has been tested and found to be RCM compliant, certain other RCM reports and RCM documents  (based on the assessment of overseas CE marking RED test reports), the RCM compliance label must be applied to the product before it can be legally sold. EMC Technologies can assess the relevant documentation and if found satisfactory, a  NATA accredited report is issued indicating compliance with the relevant ACMA telecommunications regulations.

EMC Technologies can perform all testing to wireless telecoms standards, prepare your ACMA DoC, complete the ACMA approval or ACMA certification and act as your Local Representative in Australia for RCM compliance purposes.