Vipac works hand-in hand with appliance manufacturers, importers and distributors. Whether you require National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited reports for certification or registration, or assistance developing your products to gain that all important competitive edge, our highly qualified team of engineers will assist you to improve and get your product to market.Appliance/Component testing can be for any of the following purposes:
- Approval of products before they are offered for sale and use, by certification through a Conformity Assessment Body, which include schemes catering for gas appliances and components (Gas Compliance Mark), WaterMark Level 1 & 2 plumbing products, and other product certification schemes
- Gas appliance and component certification is regulated by the Gas Technical Regulators Committee (GTRC)
- WaterMark certification of plumbing fixtures and fittings is managed and administered by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB), as specified in the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA).
- Numerous schemes run by CABs are applicable for products such as solar water heaters
- Registering for the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards scheme (WELS)
- Compliance testing for registering the appliance with the Equipment Energy Efficiency Program (E3) for Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) and Energy Rating Labelling scheme.
- Stage 2 Check-testing under the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) legislation. (Note we also conduct Stage 1 check-testing directly for GEMS / E3 program.)
- Testing for eligibility to the register of Solar Water Heaters and Heat Pumps under the Clean Energy Regulator
- Testing of solid fuel heaters for certification with the Australian Home Heating Association
- Preparation of due diligence compliance folders for risk management and routine quality assurance when only a voluntary scheme exists to ensure product safety. This is strongly recommended by the ACCC.
- Screen testing for manufacturers to confirm for risk mitigation that today’s manufactured unit produces the same performance results as the original registered version
- Research and development to improve performance or safety of an appliance or system prior to certification or compliance testing
- Testing to understand the effect of manufacturing tolerances
- Testing to add independent value to claims provided to your suppliers
- Testing for comparative reasons
- Design assistance for new technology ideas
- Testing small scale mock-ups prior to building
- Data for use in advertising material and marketing.
The E3 Program Website
Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) Scheme Website
Gas Technical Regulators Committee Website
The Australian Building Codes Board Website
Australian Competitor & Consumer Commission Website