CodeMark Certification Scheme

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Progressive implementation of the improved CodeMark Australia Certification Scheme commenced on 1 August 2017.

The CodeMark Certification Scheme (the Scheme) is a voluntary third-party building product certification scheme that authorises the use of new and innovative products in specified circumstances in order to facilitate compliance with Volumes One and Two of the NCC, also known as the Building Code of Australia or BCA.

CodeMark provides confidence and certainty to regulatory authorities and the market through the issue of a Certificate of Conformity, which is one of several options available for meeting the ‘evidence of suitability’ requirements of the BCA.

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.

A new-look and revised Scheme Rules

The Scheme was reviewed in 2012 with a number of recommendations resulting in the ABCB Board supporting enhancement of the Scheme. This has resulted in the development of the CodeMark Australia Scheme Rules (Version 2016.1), which only cover the CodeMark Australia Scheme. CodeMark will continue to operate in New Zealand under separate New Zealand CodeMark Scheme Rules.

To differentiate the CodeMark schemes that operate in Australia and New Zealand, the Australian scheme is called 'CodeMark Australia'. A new certification trade mark with this name has also been introduced. While the ABCB will retain oversight of the scheme on behalf of the Commonwealth and all States and Territories, the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) will be responsible for both accrediting Certification Bodies and administration of the Scheme.

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