The Australian Paint Approval Scheme (APAS) is an independent 3rd party conformity and product prequalification scheme that tests and certifies all types of surface coating materials and associated products. We specialise in the ‘verification of conformity’, whereby the extent to which a products specified requirements is systematically examined. These requirements can be part of a national or international standard, an APAS specification or they can be a specification that has been widely adopted by an industry sector as a de facto standard. Verification procedures involve regularly repeating tests devised specifically to ensure that the product, service, or system continues to meet the initial design requirements, specifications, and regulations as time progresses. APAS performs all of the prequalification work so that you, the asset owner, does not need to do so, saving the Members of this scheme considerable time and money.

Our certification services include:

  • Verifying and validating submitted evidence of conformity, and
  • where appropriate, issuing a certificate of conformity with a definite expiry date.

Our service is independent of any testing bodies, but recognises certain testing bodies as complying with specified criteria and having equipment, skills, expertise and quality assurance systems to undertake conformity evaluation assessments.

We carry out ongoing surveillance testing to confirm continuing compliance to requirements during the life of the certification.

APAS is managed by an Executive Officer and administered by a technical panel comprised of representatives of manufacturers, end users and key stakeholders. The technical panel meets regularly to resolve any verification submission issues and to set policy and direction for the scheme. APAS is a partner to the Paint Contractors certification Program (PCCP): People (PCCP) + Product (APAS) = Protection (Of your assets)