On the 1st August 2017 the updated CodeMark Australia Certification Scheme progressive implementation commenced.
What is the CodeMark Australia Certification Scheme?
The CodeMark Certification Scheme is a voluntary third-party building product certification scheme which authorises the use of new and innovative products in specified circumstances in order to facilitate compliance with Volumes I and II of the NCC*.
The aim of the scheme is to provide certainty and confidence to regulatory authorities as well as the market as a whole via the issue of a Certificate of Conformity. This is one of several options available for meeting the ‘evidence of suitability’ requirements of the Building Code of Australia.
State and Territory legislation requires building approval authorities to accept CodeMark Certificates of Conformity as evidence of compliance with the BCA, as long as the product is used as specified on the certificate. – Australian Building Code Board
The Scheme was reviewed in 2012 resulting in a number of recommendations and the Australian Building Codes Board supporting enhancement of the CodeMark Certification Scheme. The resultant CodeMark Australia Scheme Rules (V2016.1) only cover the CodeMark Australia Scheme with New Zealand continuing to operate under the distinct New Zealand CodeMark Scheme rules.
To ensure differentiation between the CodeMark schemes that operate in Australia and New Zealand, the Australian scheme is called ‘CodeMark Australia’. A new certification trade mark has also been launched. While the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) will continue to oversee the scheme on behalf of the Commonwealth and all States and Territories of Australia, the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) will be responsible for both the administration of the scheme and accrediting Certification Bodies.
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* also known as the Building Code of Australia or BCA