Australian Window Association Certificate of Compliance All window manufacturers must comply with Australian Standard 2047 and must be able to verify compliance on request.
The AWA Certificate of Compliance confirms that the manufacturer is a participating member of the AWA Accreditation Programme, provides a 6 year warranty against faulty workmanship and materials, is committed to the AWA Code of Conduct, and has met the requirements of the annual AWA Compliance Audit conducted by a NATA accredited auditor.
Third Party Certification Schemes reduce the risk of buying and using products which do not meet minimum requirements, and enable feedback and corrective action in case problems arise.
In 2011 the Association tested numerous samples of imported decorative plywood for wall lining and particle board used in flat-pack kitchen cabinets and found emissions of formaldehyde were two to four times higher than Australian limits.
Manufacturers in over 150 locations in over a dozen countries now use ACRS to demonstrate that their products comply with Australian Standards such as AS4671, AS4672, AS3679, AS3678 and AS1163.
The rigorous third party verification processes includes minimum annual inspections of all products in all locations of suppliers, with quarterly monitoring of long term quality production data and third party testing independently organised by ACRS.
Some certifiers like ACRS are much more rigorous than others, particularly in respect to the independent verification testing of steel products in the following areas: ACRS select the samples for verification testing rather than allow the manufacturer to selectively provide the samples.
The choice of laboratory for the verification testing is chosen by ACRS and not dictated by the manufacturers.