Accessing any new market is challenging due to everything from business practices and regulations to cultural nuances and relationship building. The Australian market is no exception, and entering the market can easily become a slow, expensive process. For a large part of the globe, the significant time zone difference alone can also complicate day to day processes.
UL has a vast global network of market experts who can help ease these challenges. In addition to state-of-the-art testing facilities that are equipped to conduct globally relevant tests in-house, our experts can help you navigate the market, build business relationships and keep everything on schedule so you can get to market as quickly as possible. For Australia, UL now offers Australian (AU) testing and certification services for Smoke Alarms and Fire Panels.
“We welcome the Australian launch of the UL Mark for fire detection, providing another option for fire protection equipment manufacturers looking to improve access to international markets,”
said Matthew Wright, general manager – technical services and deputy CEO of Fire Protection Association Australia. “This investment in our region can support further good practice initiatives and improve consistency. UL brings with it a reputation for rigorous testing protocols and a commitment to improving life safety, both of which can only be assets for the Australian fire protection sector.”
Our expertise is global, meaning we can work to understand your broader market access needs and streamline the overall process with one point of contact. For example, due to the similarities between the AU and European (EN) standards, we combine testing to save both time and cost while also minimizing the sample burden.
AU Certification in Detail
Initially, the new mark for Australia is available for a range of products: residential smoke alarms and detectors, fire alarm control equipment and accessories, spa and swimming pool equipment, and lighting products. In the future, it will be available for additional industries.
Smoke alarms and fire panels are currently tested in UL’s fire testing and certification facilities in the United States. In addition to other global standards, UL can now test products to the following standards in AU:
- AS 3786 – Smoke Alarms
- AS 7240.2 – Fire Detection and Alarm Systems, Control and Indicating Equipment
- AS 7240.4+A1 – Fire Detection and Alarm Systems, Power Supply Equipment
- AS 4428.3 – Fire Detection, Warning, Control and Intercom Systems - Control and Indicating Equipment, Fire Brigade Panels
- AS/NZS 60335.2.60:2006 – Particular requirements for whirlpool baths and whirlpool spas (IEC 60335-2-60 Ed 3.1, MOD)
- AS/NZS 60335.2.41:2013 – Particular requirements for pumps (IEC 60335-2-41:2012)
- AS/NZS 3136:2001 – Particular requirements for electrical equipment for spa and swimming pools
- AS/NZS 60598.2.1:2014 – Particular requirements for fixed general purpose luminaires (IEC 60598-2-1:1979/AMD1:1987)
- AS/NZS 60598.2.2:2016 – Particular requirements for recessed luminaires (IEC 60598-2-2:2011)
- AS/NZS 60598.2.4:2005 – Particular requirements for portable luminaires (IEC 60598-2-3:2002+A1:2011)
- AS/NZS 60598.2.8:2015 – Particular requirements for Inspection handlamps (IEC 60598-2-8:2013)
When equivalency exists between AU and EN standards, we work with our customers to determine the potential benefits of combining market access efforts. More than anything, UL experts work to understand every customer’s unique needs so market access concerns become a thing of the past.