Frequently asked questions

1. What is a CodeMark Australia Certificate of Conformity and how long does it last?

A Certificate of Conformity issued under the CodeMark Australia scheme is one of several options available for meeting the evidence of suitability requirements of the BCA. This means that a Certificate of Conformity can be used as evidence that a product complies with nominated parts of the BCA provided the product is used as specified on the certificate and in accordance with any limitations and conditions included on the certificate.

A Certificate of Conformity will be valid for 3 years unless withdrawn or suspended. The date of expiry is identified on the certificate.

2. How do I get a product certified under the CodeMark Australia scheme?

To get a product certified under the CodeMark Australia scheme you will need to contact an accredited CodeMark Certification Body. A list of CodeMark Australia Certification Bodies is available on the JAS-ANZ website.

Certification Bodies are responsible for evaluating applications for Certificates of Conformity in accordance with the CodeMark Australia Scheme Rules. You will need to contact one of these bodies to find out what information you need to supply, what fees will be charged and how long the process is likely to take.

The cost of CodeMark certification will depend on a number of factors, including the quality of supporting evidence submitted about the product’s compliance and the complexity of the evaluation needed. Fees for obtaining CodeMark certification will form part of a commercial arrangement between the applicant and the Certification Body.

Examples of the information you may need to supply to a Certification Body could include:

  • A clear scope of use for the product
  • The relevant BCA provisions the certification is to cover
  • Product technical information/specifications
  • Product test results
  • Any independent assessments or appraisals

3. How can I tell if a Certificate of Conformity was issued under the previous scheme or under the CodeMark Australia scheme?

Transition to the new CodeMark Australia scheme commenced on 1 August 2017. Certificates of Conformity issued under the previous scheme use a blue certificate with a ‘CodeMark’ logo. Certificates of Conformity issued under the CodeMark Australia scheme use an orange and purple certificate with a ‘CodeMark Australia’ logo.

4. Is a Certificate of Conformity issued under the previous CodeMark scheme still valid?

A Certificate of Conformity issued under the previous CodeMark scheme remains valid unless it has expired or is withdrawn or suspended.

Users can confirm the validity of Certificates of Conformity by searching the register of Certificates of Conformity on the JAS-ANZ website.

5. Can my certifier refuse to accept a Certificate of Conformity?

A Certificate of Conformity is one of several options available for meeting the evidence of suitability requirements of the BCA.

You should check with your building control authority to determine if a Certificate of Conformity is an appropriate form of evidence of suitability for the specific product and your project. Whether your certificate is accepted will depend on relevant State or Territory legislation, policies or directives.

6. How do I check if a product has CodeMark certification?

A list of all current Certificates of Conformity is available on the JAS-ANZ website. The list is searchable by product name or certificate number.

7. How do I get a copy of a Certificate of Conformity?

Certificates of Conformity issued under the CodeMark Australia scheme are available through the register of Certificates of Conformity on the JAS-ANZ website.

Certificates of Conformity issued under the previous scheme are available from the Certification Body that issued the certificate. Contact details for Certification Bodies are available through the JAS-ANZ website.

8. What do I do if I find a product that claims CodeMark certification but cannot find it on the register of Certificates of Conformity?

In some instances, there may be a short delay between the product gaining CodeMark certification and the Certificate of Conformity appearing on the register of Certificates of Conformity.

If you doubt the authenticity of a Certificate of Conformity that does not appear on the register, contact the Certification Body that issued the certificate.

9. Can a Certificate of Conformity issued against a previous BCA edition be used to show compliance with the current BCA edition?

Continued acceptance of a Certificate of Conformity issued against a previous edition of the BCA is at the discretion of the appropriate authority, taking into consideration whether any of the relevant provisions have changed.

You can check with the appropriate authority to determine if a Certificate of Conformity is an appropriate form of evidence of suitability for the specific product and your project.

Note: Certification Bodies have an obligation under the CodeMark Australia Scheme Rules to review Certificates of Conformity following the release of a new BCA edition.

10. Should a Certificate of Conformity that certifies a product against the Performance Requirements be treated as evidence of suitability for a Performance Solution or a Deemed-to-Satisfy Solution?

A Building Solution that relies on evidence of suitability in the form of a Certificate of Conformity that certifies a product against the Performance Requirements is a Performance Solution.

The NCC defines a Performance Solution as one that complies with the Performance Requirements by a means other than by a Deemed-to-Satisfy Solution. A Deemed-to-Satisfy Solution is one that satisfies the Deemed-to-Satisfy provisions. Therefore, a Building Solution that relies on a Certificate of Conformity that certifies a product against the Performance Requirements cannot be considered as a Deemed-to-Satisfy Solution.

It should also be noted that a Certificate of Conformity may only relate to a part of a Performance Solution. In these circumstances, other evidence of suitability is needed to demonstrate that the relevant. Performance Requirements have been met. The relevant provisions of the Governing Requirements in Section 1 of the NCC will also need to be satisfied.

11. Who do I contact for technical information on a Certificate of Conformity?

You can obtain technical information about a Certificate of Conformity from the Certification Body listed on the certificate.

12. What should I do if I have a complaint regarding the CodeMark Australia scheme or its implementation?

For information on procedures for having complaints considered, see Section 6 of the CodeMark Australia Scheme Rules.