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APAS tests and certifies paints, coatings and non-paint products to ensure they meet stringent performance specifications. The APAS List of Certified Products contains more than 1500 approved products and is a comprehensive guide for specifiers.

The day to day management of APAS resides with the APAS Secretariat who are part of the Verification Services department of CSIRO Infrastructure Technologies. APAS offices are located at Clayton, Victoria, Australia. APAS certifies that certain paints, coatings and non-paint products, such as glass beads used in pavement marking, meet stringent performance specifications documented in more than 200 APAS performance specifications. APAS itself does not do any testing per se as it is a requirement that it remain independent of testing activities. The APAS List of Approved Products contains more than 1500 approved products and is a comprehensive guide for specifiers.

APAS is also active in environmental and workplace health and safety. In 1997, APAS together with the industry employer body, the Australian Paint Manufacturers Federation (APMF), were responsible for setting limits for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in paints and coatings. Since then, VOC levels have been progressively reduced whilst still maintaining performance standards. An independent government audit of the industry’s self-regulation of VOCs in 2007 found there to be no case for external intervention as satisfactory progress in reducing VOC content continues to be made by APAS and the industry. Over the years, APAS has withdrawn approval for products containing lead, chromates and other toxic ingredients.

The basis of the Scheme are the performance specifications prepared by APAS. Draft versions are widely circulated for public comment prior to publication. Products are certified against these specifications and are required to be produced in APAS recognised manufacturing plants, known as an RMU (Recognised Manufacturing Unit). Currently there are APAS RMUs in nine countries other than Australia – Belgium, Denmark, Fiji Islands, Germany, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, USA and India.


Scheme Updates


[15-September-2022]: Updated AP-D152 APAS Participating Manufacturers and Resellers

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Jiga Jiga Paint Pty Ltd to the APAS Scheme as a Recognised Reseller.

A copy of the current AP-D152 document can be downloaded from the Document List on the APAS website or by clicking this link AP-D152.

For enquiries on the AP-D152 document and/or further clarity on what it means to be a Participating Manufacturer or Reseller, please CONTACT APAS.


[06-September-2022]: Updated APAS Specification 0041 suite – Pavement Marking Materials: AP-S0041/2 (Solvent-borne), AP-S0041/3 (CAP), AP-S0041/4 (Thermoplastic), AP-S0041/5 (Water-borne) and AP-S0041/6 (Runway)

The APAS specification AP-S0041 suite of documents have had the following updates:

  • Updated SUSMP information (all documents updated)
  • Review of Luminance Factor requirements (Laboratory Testing) in line with Y values for AS 2700 colours and variation with swatches and equipment used: Yellow amended to ≥ 45 – ≤ 50 % (from ≥ 50 %); Grey amended to ≥ 5 – ≤ 15 % (from > 5 % – < 15 %) and Other Colours amended to ≥ 5 – ≤ 15 % (from ≥ 15 %); addition of Red, Blue and Green values (≥ 5 – ≤ 15 %). Addition of NOTE to Luminance requirement – Exceptions to the above luminance range values will be assessed on a case by case basis depending on end user requirements within the AS 2700 colour range (all documents updated except AP-S0041/6 V1 as this document is not affected)

The documents can be downloaded from the Specification List on the APAS website.

For enquiries on any of the pavement marking material documents and/or further clarity on what it means to be a Participating Manufacturer or Reseller, please contact us at Contact APAS


[28-June-2022]: JAS-ANZ Endorsement of APAS and Update of APAS document AP-D192

APAS would like to formally announce that the APAS Scheme has attained Endorsement under JAS-ANZ and Verification Services is now in the process of applying to be a Conformity Assessment Body under JAS-ANZ.

In line with the work undertaken as part of this endeavour, APAS is moving towards aligning product certifications with the versions of the APAS specifications the product has certification to, as follows:

  • All new product applications will be assessed according to the rules detailed in the updated APAS document AP-D192 V32 and the most recent applicable specification version.
  • All RMU’s holding existing product certifications are encouraged to seek recertification as soon as possible to the current specification versions.
  • If RMU decides that they prefer to wait until the end of their current certification, then the product will be marked according to the specification version that it is currently certified against.
  • This process will commence with the most recently technically reviewed specifications (as per the below list) and then proceed to all specifications.
Specification & Version No.s:

 

Specification Name: Specification Link:
AP-S0041/2 V0 PAVEMENT MARKING MATERIAL – SOLVENT-BORNE PAINT AP-S0041/2 V0
AP-S0041/3 V1 PAVEMENT MARKING MATERIAL – COLD APPLIED PLASTIC AP-S0041/3 V1
AP-S0041/4 V0 PAVEMENT MARKING MATERIAL – THERMOPLASTIC AP-S0041/4 V0
AP-S0041/5 V1 PAVEMENT MARKING MATERIAL – WATER-BORNE PAINT AP-S0041/5 V1
AP-S0041/6 V0 PAVEMENT MARKING MATERIAL – AIRPORT RUNWAY MARKINGS AP-S0041/6 V0
AP-S0042 V7 GLASS BEADS – FOR USE IN AND WITH PAVEMENT MARKING MATERIALS AP-S0042 V7
AP-S2903 V11 CHLORINATED RUBBER COATING FOR STEEL AP-S2903 V11
AP-S2916 V11 ORGANIC ZINC-RICH PRIMER FOR THE LONG-TERM PROTECTION OF STEEL AP-S2916 V11
AP-S2920 V10 SILOXANE AND POLYSILOXANE COATINGS FOR THE LONG-TERM PROTECTION OF STEEL AND MASONRY AP-S2920 V10
  • This will also be updated on the APAS online List of Approved Products. Only current specification versions are available to download directly from the website. A notation has been added above the List regarding what the version codes refer to and also how to gain access to a previous superseded specification versions (if required). The specification version number(s) are being added into the ‘Product Name B’ column as part of the description and ‘Specification reference id’.
  • Certificates of Product Conformity are being supplied from this point on with specification version numbers. If a previously issued Certificate of Product conformity is required to be updated accordingly, please CONTACT APAS to arrange.

For enquiries on the AP-D152 document and/or further clarification on this progression and what it means to your current certified products, please CONTACT APAS.


[16-June-2022]: APAS welcomes back WSAA as a Member – updated AP-D151 APAS Members

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome back Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) as a Member of the APAS Scheme.

This document can be downloaded from the Document List on the APAS website or by clicking this link AP-D151.

For enquiries on the AP-D151 document and/or further clarity on what it means to be a Member of APAS, please CONTACT US.


[15-June-2022]: Technically Reviewed and Updated APAS Specifications: AP-S2916 Organic Zinc-Rich Primer for the Long-term Protection of Steel and AP-S2920 Siloxane and Polysiloxane Coatings for the Long-term Protection of Steel and Masonry

The APAS specification – AP-S2916 Organic Zinc-Rich Primer for the Long-term Protection of Steel – underwent a full Technical Review and was updated as follows:

  • Inclusion of clause 3 – Definitions and Acronyms
  • Updated SUSMP
  • Document brought in line with Australian Standard AS/NZS 3750.9
  • Name change from Organic Zinc-Rich Coating for the Long-Term Protection of Steel to Organic Zinc-Rich Primer for the Long-Term Protection of Steel
  • Inclusion of Clause 3 Definitions and Acronyms
  • Standardising accelerated durability testing for interim and final testing results in line with material type (primer)
  • Removed Resistance to Immersion – Salt and Fresh Water test as is not relevant
  • General format changes

 

The APAS specification – AP-S2920 Siloxane and Polysiloxane Coatings for the Long-term Protection of Steel and Masonry – underwent a full Technical Review and was updated as follows:

 

  • Inclusion of clause 3 – Definitions and Acronyms
  • Updated SUSMP
  • ISO 20340 superseded by ISO 12944-9
  • Updated clause 7.1 for requirements of test panels
  • Updated clause 7.2 for CLASS II accreditation requirements
  • Updated clause 8, Table 1 requirements for:

– Flexibility and Heat Resistance from a 12 mm to a 6 mm diameter mandrel (more stringent requirement) in line with requirements of Recoating Properties; standardise cure times for testing involving mandrel to 28 days under standard conditions for uniformity of testing

– Updated Accelerated Durability in line with material types for Gloss requirements (2920/1 and 2920/3 sub-classes do not require the same level of gloss retention as 2920/2); inclusion of secondary panel for comparative gloss and colour changes if scribed panel has too much rust staining

– Direct Impact Resistance requirements for number or panels, maximum DFT test material & intended system and reporting of panels

– Adhesion – inclusion of a requirement for total coating thickness not to exceed 150μm DFT

– Gloss – inclusion of semi-gloss and low-gloss requirements

– Colour – inclusion of colour match requirements

– Resistance to Chemicals & Solvents – increased timeframe for material contact to increase the stringency of test

  • Update of Appendix A in line with ISO 16474-3 (UVA lamps) and ISO 9227 (neutral salt spray requirements); additional requirement added for testing to be performed by an independent 3rd party testing provider
  • General format changes

These documents can be downloaded from the Specification List on the APAS website or click these links AP-S2916 or AP-S2920 .

For enquiries regarding these documents and/or further clarity on what it means to be a Participating Manufacturer or Reseller, please Contact Us.


[03-June-2022]: Updated AP-D152 APAS Participating Manufacturers and Resellers

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Ennis-Flint’s Dandenong South VIC manufacturing site to the APAS Scheme, joining their already well established Ingleburn NSW site.

A copy of the current AP-D152 document can be downloaded from the Document List page of the APAS website or by clicking this link AP-D152.

For enquiries on the AP-D152 document and/or further clarity on what it means to be a Participating Manufacturer or Reseller, please CONTACT APAS.


[27-April-2022]: APAS welcomes Taralac and Parchem – updated AP-D152 APAS Participating Manufacturers and Resellers

  • Tara Paints and Chemical, trading as Taralac, has been added as a Recognised Manufacturing Unit (RMU)
  • Parchem Construction Supplies Pty Ltd has been added as a Recognised Manufacturing Unit (RMU)

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome them both to the APAS Scheme.

This document can be downloaded from the Document List page of the APAS website or by clicking this link AP-D152

For enquiries on the AP-D152 document and/or further clarity on what it means to be a Participating Manufacturer or Reseller, please CONTACT APAS.


[16-February-2022]: APCO Fiji have ceased participation in the APAS.

APCO Fiji have chosen to no longer participate in the APAS, and have subsequently been removed from the APAS document AP-D152 (APAS® Participating Manufacturers and Resellers).
All previously certified products have now been deactivated and removed from the searchable and downloadable List of Approved Products.
We would like to thank APCO Fiji for their involvement with the Scheme for many years and wish them continued good fortune in all future endeavours.

The current List of Approved Products can be searched and is downloaded here on the List of Certified Products
For enquiries on the List of Approved Products document and/or further clarity on what it means to be a Participating Manufacturer or Reseller, please contact us at 
CONTACT APAS


[10-February-2022]: Temporary Suspension of Glass Bead Certification

Due to the present inability to fulfil the requirements of glass bead re-certification, as per the APAS specification AP-S0042 and APAS documents AP-D192, the following products have been temporarily suspended in line with APAS document AP-D004 and have been removed from the List of Certified Products.

The batch numbers listed below are the current stock on hand for these suppliers and this stock only is covered by the previous product certificates:

SupplierAPAS IDCodeDescriptionBatch NumberStock Quantity on Hans
Dura Products Industries (DPI)5622GB-TYPBVirgin Glass Bead Grade Type B1711
1706
1611
1,000 Kg
1,000 Kg
1,000 Kg
Dura Products Industries (DPI)5623GB-TYPBHRVirgin Glass Bead Grade Type B-HR1712
203301
203302
1,000 Kg
1,200 Kg
6,000 Kg
Dura Products Industries (DPI)5895GB-TYPCHRVirgin Glass Bead Grade Type C-HR20380
20362
48,000 Kg
45,600 Kg
Dura Products Industries (DPI)5624GB-TYPDVirgin Glass Bead Grade Type D20352211,500 Kg
Geveko Markings5587NHB-BHRHi-Brite Type BHR Silicone Coated Glass Beads18510
2011191
211115
99-0915.11
99-0915.12

200906

210328
190630
200810
200316
41,982 Kg





21,540 Kg

19,200 Kg
Geveko Markings5589NHB-CHRHi-Brite Type CHR Non-Coated Glass Beads211016
211017

201025
210327
210511
211017
19,200 Kg


25,680 Kg
Geveko Markings5591NHB-DHRHi-Brite Type DHR Silane Coated Glass Beads2600

5129
5261
5102
58
65

5162
1,580 Kg

34,100 Kg





37,400 Kg

For any enquiries regarding these temporary product suspensions, please CONTACT APAS.


[24-January-2022]: Updated AP-D004 RULES GOVERNING APPEALS AND COMPLAINT HANDLING

The APAS document AP-D004 Rules Governing Appeals and Complaint Handling has been updated in clauses 1, 3.1, 5.3 and 8.3 to include how a suspended product is handled and resolved, including penalties or sanctions that may be applied.

This document can be downloaded from the Document List page of the APAS website or click this link: AP-D004

For enquiries on the AP-D004 document and/or further clarity on any other APAS document, please CONTACT APAS.


[07-January-2022]: Updated AP-D152 APAS PARTICIPATING MANUFACTURERS AND RESELLERS

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Newkem Australia Pty Ltd as a Recognised Manufacturing Unit (RMU) to the APAS.

This document can be downloaded from the Document List page of the APAS website or click this link: AP-D152

For enquiries on the AP-D152 document and/or further clarity on what it means to be a Participating Manufacturer or Reseller, please CONTACT APAS.


[24-November-2021]: OPEN for public comment – DRAFT Technical Review of APAS specification AP-S2916 (Organic Zinc-Rich Primer for the Long-term Protection of Steel).

The DRAFT technical review of APAS specification AP-S2916 Organic Zinc-Rich Primer for the Long-term Protection of Steel and the template for public comments are now available. If you would like a copy of this DRAFT document and Comments form so as to supply feedback to APAS, please contact us at Contact APAS

All feedback and comments will be accepted until COB Tuesday 21st December 2021.


[24-November-2021]: New Member welcomed to APAS.

APAS would like to take this opportunity to welcome Homes Victoria (Department of Families, Fairness and Housing) as a new Member of the APAS and PCCP.

The current list of APAS Members is located in the APAS Documents and Forms section or by clicking on this link.
For enquiries on becoming an APAS Member, please contact us at Contact APAS


[13-October-2021]: DULUX NZ (Lower Hutt, NZ) have ceased participation in the APAS from 13th October 2021.

DULUX NZ (Lower Hutt, NZ) have chosen to no longer participate in the APAS, and have subsequently been removed from the APAS document AP-D152 (APAS® Participating Manufacturers and Resellers).
All previously certified products have now been deactivated and removed from the searchable and downloadable List of Approved Products.
We would like to thank DULUX NZ for their involvement with the Scheme for many years and wish them continued good fortune in all future endeavours.

The current List of Approved Products can be searched and downloaded here on the List of Approved Products

For enquiries on the List of Approved Products and/or further clarity on what it means to be a Participating Manufacturer or Reseller, please contact us at Contact APAS


[07-Oct-2021]: Updated AP-D152 APAS PARTICIPATING MANUFACTURERS AND RESELLERS

  • Colorall Tinters Pty Ltd has been added as an Recognised Manufacturing Unit (RMU)
  • Inspiration Paints Gladstone has been added as a Recognised Reseller (RR)

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome them both to the APAS Scheme.

This document can be downloaded from the Document List page of the APAS website or click this link: AP-D152

For enquiries on the AP-D152 document and/or further clarity on what it means to be a Participating Manufacturer or Reseller, please CONTACT APAS.


[13-September-2021]: The Surface Coating Association Australia (SCAA) Recognised as a Proficiency Testing Provider

The Surface Coating Association Australia (SCAA) has been assessed in accordance with the APAS in relation to the provision of service as a proficiency testing assessment provider for surface coating materials and glass beads, as per the rules and requirements detailed in APAS document AP-D178, and has now been awarded a Certificate of Recognition – Proficiency Testing Provider.

Should you require further information about the SCAA PT program, you can contact the SCAA Secretariat at: P: 1800 803 378 or E: admin@scaa.asn.au

For enquiries on the APAS rules associated with Proficiency Testing and the providers of this service who are currently recognised under APAS, please click Contact Us


[09-August-2021]: Resene Paints Ltd (Lower Hutt, NZ) have ceased participation in the APAS
From the 8th August 2021.

Resene Paints Ltd (Lower Hutt, NZ) have chosen to no longer participate in the APAS, and have subsequently been removed from the APAS document AP-D152 (APAS® Participating Manufacturers and Resellers).
All previously certified products have now been deactivated and removed from the searchable and downloadable List of Approved Products.
We would like to thank Resene for their involvement with the Scheme for many years and wish them continued good fortune in all future endeavours.

The current List of Approved Products can be searched and downloaded here on the List of Certified Products
For enquiries on the List of Approved Products document and/or further clarity on what it means to be a Participating Manufacturer or Reseller, please contact us at https://vs.csiro.au/apas/contact-us-2/


[02-August-2021]: Technically Reviewed and Updated APAS Specification 0042 – Glass Beads – For use in and with Pavement Marking Materials

The APAS specification AP-S0042 Glass Beads – For use in and with Pavement Marking Materials underwent a full technical review and was updated as follows:

  • Change of name from Glass beads for use in pavement marking materials to Glass Beads – For use in and with Pavement Marking Materials
  • Addition of Appendix D Document History and removal of the Editorial Note previously used in specification versions
  • Inclusion of clause 5 b) Reference material
  • Document brought in line with requirements of AS/NZS ISO/IEC 17065
  • Updated document to the current format
  • Updated internal and external document references
  • Addition of “People + Product = Protection” to Footer

The documents can be downloaded from the Specification List page of the APAS website https://vs.csiro.au/apas/specifications/ or click this link AP-S0042.pdf.

For enquiries on the glass beads document and/or further clarity on what it means to be a Participating Manufacturer or Reseller, please contact us at https://vs.csiro.au/apas/contact-us-2/


[29-July-2021]: Technically Reviewed and Updated APAS Specification 0041 – Pavement Marking Materials – now split into 5 documents

The APAS specification AP-S0041 Pavement Marking Materials underwent a full technical review, was split into 5 separate documents and was updated as follows:

  • Full Technical review – Revision of laboratory based testing parameters and expansion and revision of performance based testing parameters
  • Document was split into the following five separate documents:
  1. AP-S0041/2: Pavement Marking Material – Solvent-borne Paint AP-S0041-2
  2. AP-S0041/3: Pavement Marking Material – Cold Applied Plastic AP-S0041-3
  3. AP-S0041/4: Pavement Marking Material – Thermoplastic AP-S0041-4
  4. AP-S0041/5: Pavement Marking Material – Water-borne Paint AP-S0041-5
  5. AP-S0041/6: Pavement Marking Material – Airport Runway Markings AP-S0041-6
  • Documents, where applicable, have been further defined into sub-classes based primarily on application modes
  • Documents have been brought in line with requirements of AS/NZS ISO/IEC 17065
  • Documents now include clause 4 (Definitions and Acronyms)
  • Documents now include clause 5 b) (Reference material)
  • Documents AP-S0041/3 CAP and AP-S0041/4 Thermoplastics have the additional inclusion of clause 6.4 regarding certification requirements of glass beads use in the production of these materials
  • Updated Poisons Standard Reference information
  • Addition of an alternative Field Testing agency – the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB)

The documents can be downloaded from the Specification List page of the APAS website https://vs.csiro.au/apas/specifications/ or click the above applicable link.

For enquiries on the Pavement Marking Material documents and/or further clarity on what it means to be a Participating Manufacturer or Reseller, please contact us at https://vs.csiro.au/apas/contact-us-2/


[29-April-2021]: Technically Reviewed and Updated APAS document AP-S2903 Chlorinated Rubber Coating for Steel
The APAS specification AP-S2903 Chlorinated Rubber Coating for Steel underwent a full technical review and was updated in the following areas:

  • Document brought in line with requirements of AS/NZS ISO/IEC 17065
  • Inclusion of clause 3 Definitions and Acronyms
  • Inclusion of clause 5 b) Reference material
  • Updated Poisons Standard Reference information
  • Inclusion of all three Types in line with AS/NZS 3750.11, clause 1
  • Hard dry time brought in line with AS/NZS 3750.11

This document can be downloaded from the Specification List page of the APAS website or click this link: AP-S2903.PDF (300 KB).

For enquiries on the AP-S2903 document and/or further clarity on what it means to be a Participating Manufacturer or Reseller, please CONTACT APAS.


[29-Mar-2021]: Updated APAS document AP-D181 Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) Limits
The AP-D181 document, detailing important information on VOCs and their limits for APAS approved products, has undergone a major revision:

  • Contact information for Accredited Agencies for Conformity Evaluation
  • Further definitions, acronyms and changes reflecting the requirements of ISO 17065
  • Inclusion of a guide for the determination of very low VOC classification
  • Update methods for VOC determination
  • Updated VOC limits: inclusion of limits for APAS specifications 0111, 0114, 0041/3, 0055, 0209/1L and 0209/2L and reduction in limits for 0172, 0183, 0280/1, 0280/2, 0280/3

This document can be downloaded from the Document List page of the APAS website or click this link: AP-D181.PDF (341 KB).

For enquiries on the AP-D181 document and/or further clarity on what it means to be a Participating Manufacturer or Reseller, please CONTACT APAS.


[29-Mar-2021]: Technical Specification Revisions – DRAFT documents available for public comment

  • DRAFT Pavement Marking Material documents relating to APAS specification AP-S0041 (solvent-borne, cold applied plastic, thermoplastic, water-borne and airport runway markings) are now available for inspection and public comment.
  • DRAFT Chlorinated Rubber Coating for Steel AP-S2903 is now available for inspection and public comment
  • For further information, or to obtain copies of the DRAFT documents and public comment form, please CONTACT APAS

 


[15-Feb-2021]: Updated AP-D152 APAS PARTICIPATING MANUFACTURERS AND RESELLERS

  • Automark Technologies, Jotun Malysia & Jotun China have been added to the APAS Manufacturers and Resellers listing and we would like to take this opportunity to welcome them to the APAS Scheme

This document can be downloaded from the Document List  page of the APAS website or click this link: AP-D152.PDF (191 KB)

For enquiries on the AP-D152 document and/or further clarity on what it means to be a Participating Manufacturer or Reseller, please CONTACT APAS.


[1-Jul-2020]: Updated AP-D192 Rules Governing the APAS Product Certification Scheme
The AP-D192 document, detailing the rules that govern the APAS Product Certification Scheme, has undergone a major revision:

  • Further definitions and changes reflecting the requirements of ISO 17065
  • Website detail changes, where applicable
  • Level of conformity changes from Interim/Full certification to CLASS I and CLASS II categories
  • Updated Child Product requirements – including references added to Recognised Reseller documents AP-D140 (Application Form for Product Certification – Reseller) and AP-F003 (Application Form for Accreditation as an APAS Recognised Reseller)
  • Inclusion of Toll/Contract Manufactured products
  • Re-submission reclassification
  • *NEW* Appendix D for updating existing / requesting new specifications
  • Appendix E (Table E1: Summary of Submission Requirements) updated to reflect all submission types

This document can be downloaded from the Document List page of the APAS website or click this link: AP-D192.PDF (429 KB)

 

For enquiries on the AP-D192 document and/or further clarity on what it means to be a Recognised Reseller and the associated documentation, please CONTACT APAS.

 


[25-Jun-2020]: CSIRO/APAS submission to Standards Australia – AS 3554

The Australian Standard AS 3554: Adhesives – Epoxy – For Raised Pavement Marker (RPM) Installation, currently holds a withdrawn status with Standards Australia. This means that, although it can still be obtained and referred to, it is no longer deemed relevant. Australian regulators and Austroads have expressed their concerns regarding the differences in quality of adhesives used in road marker installation around Australia. These quality issues pose a very real and potential threat to life and safety as the adhesives, together with the RPMs, play a crucial role in road safety by providing delineation in both day and night-time conditions, particularly in poor weather conditions and where insufficient retroreflectivity exists in pavement marking materials.

CSIRO’s APAS, on behalf of industry members and regulators, has submitted a proposal for a full review and update of this standard. Currently, Australian state-based regulators refer to their own documents for tender and accreditation purposes, but with the ever increasing emergence of vehicle assisted and driverless technologies requiring very specific and high quality products, the need for a country-wide approach is being sort.

Within this proposal, APAS have requested that not only the current use of epoxy adhesives be revised and updated, but also this document also reflect the current industry, road authority and government body practices locally and globally by the inclusion of bituminous adhesives e.g. hot melt, pads, and other types that may be in use or under development, such as butyl mastic. The revised standard would then form the backbone for national consistency for infrastructure regulators, state road authorities and local councils regarding: materials conformity and compliance used in RPM adhesion; potentially decreasing the current levels of RPM adhesives failing prematurely and high maintenance costs associated with RPM reinstatement and OH&S issues with the general public when RPM’s become projectiles through adhesives failure.
For enquires, please CONTACT APAS.


[17-Apr-2020]: Review of APAS Specification 0041

As part of the APAS ongoing quality assurance, specifications and documentation are being reviewed and updated to reflect current industry practices, methodologies and standards. APAS, in conjunction with the APAS Technical Advisory Panel (ATAP), industry associations (RIAA, ACA, SCAA etc) and experts in the fields, are currently reviewing specification 0041 (AP-S0041.PDF (315 KB)) Pavement Marking Materials. This specification currently encompasses solvent-borne (0041/2), cold applied plastics (0041/3), thermoplastics (0041/4), water-borne (0041/5), and airport roadway markings (0041/6). As this specification is in the review stage, any new submissions or resubmissions for products that fall under any of these subcategories will be issued, where applicable, with a Certificate of Conformity (Interim or Full certification) for a maximum 2 year period only. The review process is extensive and will involve feedback being sought from not only those mentioned above, but also from road marking producers themselves and will be contacted in due course. For enquires, please CONTACT APAS.


[Sep-2019]: Important change to APAS Specification 0042

The CSIRO supports the need for industry accreditation programs underpinned by best practice where possible. The APAS scheme is about safety on our roads and saving lives. We therefore bring to your attention a new version (5) of the APAS Specification AP-S0042 with a formal issue date of 05-08-2019. The requirement for ISO/IEC accreditation has been reinstated and referenced specifically within Clause B3(d). the updated specification can be found on the APAS website or through this link AP-S0042.PDF (362 KB).

It will be business as usual for Australian companies with a NATA ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratory that already meet the scheme requirements. Those companies who have yet to achieve ISO/IEC 17025 laboratory accreditation (from their or their supplier’s laboratories, locally or internationally) will be granted a grace period until 30 June 2020 to complete the process and provide evidence of accreditation. APAS will work with and support those companies wherever possible and implement an extra level of rigour in the auditing processes for those companies in the interim. For any advice or questions please contact the APAS or PCCP team at the CSIRO.