Aspirations Present Compelling Outcomes
In broad terms, technology compliance is a permanent part of the landscape, impacting all participants and clearly one of the most challenging, even stressful issues our industry has to deal with. Overcoming complexity and understanding the compliance environment has been an ongoing ACETA priority. Whilst a vast amount of resource has been expended, we have arrived at several concise conclusions that will deliver significant benefit to the ACETA constituency.
We begin with Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC); supported by the ACMA who administer the federal RCM legislation that addresses EMC compliance, ACETA has authored a guide that presents the path to RCM compliance in accessible language. All current ACETA members will soon receive this brief, to-the-point document of several pages, comforted in the fact that the issue is not nearly as daunting as many assume. Moving on to electrical safety compliance, ACETA has reached a position clarified first of all in the following brief introduction.
As previously suggested a peak body can and does establish standards when necessary. Electrical safety is a prime example where commonsense and commonality would consign confusion, stress and non-compliance to history. There are a number of pre-existing electrical safety standards residing in Australia, and it is an ACETA priority now to locate a regime that best suits our needs and adopt it as our own, with acknowledgement to the originator. In this endeavor we are developing relationships with a number of organization associated with our industry and the subject matter including www.neca.asn.au, www.copper.com.au and www.erac.gov.au, to assist us in locating and establishing an industry best practice electrical safety standard that can satisfy all scrutiny. This initiative is deemed the most logical and effective path to travel, but will require significant application. However, today ACETA possesses the skill, the drive, along with the personal and corporate resourcing generosity, to realize a positive outcome.
In further compliance developments, at the October meeting in Brisbane the ACETA board will be asked to adopt the International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging (ICOPER). In adopting this code as a standard, we help establish a domestic industry best practice regime, but also help reinforce a highly desirable international harmonization, as ICOPER is the code developed and adopted by both ESTA (USA) and PLASA (UK), two international peak bodies that ACETA is now developing an interactive relationship with.
The establishment of technology compliance guides and standards will play a role in the proposed ACETA accreditation and/or certification programs currently under development. These programs may manifest in up to three sector specific streams; manufacturers, manufacturer’s representatives and providers of services, but will have one criterion in common. By virtue of their membership/associate membership status, organizations will have committed to compliant and fair trading, a fact that will be exposed and promoted to all acquirers of goods and services, a mutual benefit to both entertainment technology suppliers and their clients.
In the next issue we will address many new finalized or proposed member benefits including a foreign currency agreement and relationship, a corporate change facilitation relationship and a potential American Express / ACETA partnership to benefit corporate development in all sectors including technology creation and manufacturing. We will also present the approved second convention program, the delivery of the Aptitude Test regime and much more. Finally, we are also exploring the most convenient and secure method of transferring benefit and general information to the membership. This will take a little time, but we hope to activate a new system in the not-to-distant-future.
Until next month
All the best