Standards Australia has developed a permanent labelling system of Aluminium Composite Panel (ACP) products which has been published this week.

In early 2018, the Building Ministers Forum asked Standards Australia to develop the system.

During this time Standards Australia has worked with a range of technical experts to develop industry-backed guidance to support the identification of these products throughout their life-cycle.

The technical specification (SA TS 5344:2019, Permanent labelling for Aluminium Composite Panel (ACP) products) provides minimum requirements for the marking of ACPs to enable their identification throughout the life of the product.

Standard Australia's general manager of strategy and engagement, Adam Stingemore, said it was fires at Lacrosse and Grenfell that led to this publication.

“However this is a good news story, it is a step towards addressing this challenge for the building sector,” he said.

“There are no doubt challenges for the building industry in regards to the use of this type of product, and the community rightly expects a comprehensive solution.

“We are pleased to have been able to respond to the Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) in helping to address this challenge.”

The group responsible for the publication covers the entire ACP product supply chain including manufacturers, suppliers, designers, installers, testing bodies, certification bodies, regulators and building surveyors.

“The intent of this project was to improve the ability of consumers and building practitioners to identify ACP-type products, and as a result, to reduce the possibility of product substitution that can result in the wrong product being supplied and installed,”Stingemore said.

“Publication of this document is evidence that the experts and representatives involved believe this intention has been met, and community concerns have been heard and addressed.”

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