One of the activities pursued by the RSM Compliance team is the monitoring and control
of sales of equipment, which may cause interference to radio services or endanger the licensing framework. This typically involves auditing of physical supplier outlets and internet based traders, and often requires RSM to seek further information from on-line auction sites. Over the past several years we have established very cooperative relationships with organisations such as Trade Me who have an interest in ensuring that traders operate lawfully and that products offered are acceptable for supply and use in New Zealand. Requests to the on-line auction company will normally include removal of the advertisement and provision of advertiser details to enable direct contact by the Ministry where there is evidence of non-compliant products being offered.
The recent Trade Me transparency report: July 2013, gives some background and statistical details regarding the provision of member information to agencies involved in ensuring compliance with the law.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is shown as being second only to the Police in the number of requests Trade Me received. Requests from RSM and Energy Safety for information to determine compliance with the Radiocommunications Act, the Electricity Act and the Gas Act making up most (213) of the 265 MBIE requests handled in the last year.
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