Gas equipment certification Scheme Rules (The Rules) have been published that impose new requirements on certification schemes recognised in Victoria. These Rules enhance the individual acceptances granted to existing gas equipment certification bodies. The Rules clearly outline regulatory expectations for certification bodies and allow for a consistent safety and compliance outcome across all recognised certification bodies. While most of the requirements in The Rules are consistent with current certification processes, there are a number of important changes the certification bodies will be required to enforce:
- certified appliance to be fitted with a national compliance mark
- certified products details to be provided to a publicly searchable national database of certified products
- suppliers are to sign a declaration confirming they are aware of their legal obligations to manufacturer and supply a product that is safe under normal and reasonably foreseeable use
- certifications are to be updated within 2 years from the date of publication of a standard amendment.
Reviewed 18 January 2023