Certificates are usually issued for three years and, unless renewed, expire at the end of that period. All Certificates have an issue date and an expiry date.

Certificates go through a lifecycle and can be withdrawn for many reasons, including:

  • non payment of fess;
  • failure to have a production facility inspected for ongoing quality assurance;
  • failure to comply with CodeMark Australia Certification Scheme rule;
  • failure to comply with procedures of the certification body; or
  • a decision by the product owner to allow the certification to expire.
Limitations or conditions on building materials

Certificates commonly contain limitations or conditions for the installation and use of building materials. For example, building materials or products are usually required to be installed in a particular manner or in accordance with a technical manual supplied by the manufacturer.

If a Certificate is accepted, all conditions or limitations listed on the Certificate should be transferred to design documentation, including architectural drawings, specifications and fire engineering reports.

If a Certificate does not provide certainty to the relevant Building Surveyor regarding the compliance of a product for a particular use, it is not appropriate to rely on the Certificate.

Other sources of supporting evidence

Other sources of supporting evidence that may assist in the approval of the design and construction of a building can include:

  • reports from an Accredited Testing Laboratory;
  • reports with certificates pursuant to section 238 of the Building Act 1993 (the Act) from appropriately registered building practitioners;
  • reports from other appropriately qualified persons;
  • a certificate issued by the Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC); and
  • other forms of documentary evidence, such as product technical statements.

In determining whether to accept the evidence provided, the relevant building surveyor will consider the appropriateness of that evidence, as one type may be suitable for products and materials, while others are better suited to design or form of construction.

Source: Victorian Building Authority