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)


May 1st, 2022

The Covid-19 situation in Australia and NZ has gradually improved and  restrictions in all states have been lifted .

Effective 1st May 2022, APAS and PCCP physical audits will resume under the current health guidelines and will be reviewed accordingly.

The cost of audits will stay the same till the end of 2022 and  the prices can be viewed on Document PP-D003.

For further information contact:

Elenora Stepanova

T +61 3 9545 2624 M 0477 753 069


September 30th, 2021

There are current public health directions restricting business operations in some industries across Australia. For information about what COVID-19 public health rules apply in your state or territory, go to your government website.

This is a rapidly evolving situation, and we at CSIRO are committed to providing as much certainty for you as we can during this time. We also understand the importance of APAS and PCCP accreditation for specific projects and the need to attend to our members and clients ongoing accreditation requirements in a timely fashion.

Effective 1st October 2021, APAS and PCCP physical audits will continue under the current health guidance where allowed and if they cannot be carried out in person we will organise an Online Video Conference and Online Desktop Audits. Online Desktop Audits can be conducted via selected video conferencing platforms or email and can be arranged with the APAS and PCCP audit manager. These Audits will allow for the accreditation to be issued as per APAS/PCCP Guidelines. The reversion to business as usual will be dependent on the state of COVID-19 restrictions at each review.

The cost of audits has decreased from the previous listed prices to accommodate the hardships that some business are facing due to Covid-19 – all new prices can be viewed on Document AP-D003.

For further information contact:

Elenora Stepanova

T +61 3 9545 2624 M 0477 753 069