Appliance acceptance submissions
The information below relates to ESV’s acceptance schemes for gas appliances, which ensure the safe design, installation and sale of Type A and Type B gas appliances in Victoria.
Acceptance procedure for appliances
ESV must “accept” the safe design of a gas appliance before it can be legally supplied, sold or installed in Victoria.
Acceptance for appliances typically used in residential and light commercial settings is generally through a certification scheme run by the Australian Gas Association (AGA), SAI Global, IAPMO R&T Oceana, Global-Mark or Vipac.
Applications must be made directly to one of these certifying bodies.
Other appliances, such as those used in industrial or manufacturing premises are only accepted on application to ESV.
ESV adopts the relevant Australian Standard for acceptance of gas appliances. Where no relevant Australian Standard is available, ESV may specify appropriate standards.
Every accepted gas appliance is required to have a data plate affixed to it. The data plate must display the following information:
- certificate holder’s trade name or identifying symbol
- model designation
- month and year of manufacture or serial number
- gas or gases for which the appliance is intended to be used
- total nominal gas consumption
- the certification number.
Type A acceptance safety scheme for new appliances
Under the Gas Safety Act 1997, ESV is empowered (after publishing a notice in the Government Gazette) to declare any acceptance scheme for appliances or any part of the scheme specified in the notice, to be authorised for the purposes of the Act (see Division 5 – Appliances and gas installations, section 68: Authorisation of acceptance scheme).
The acceptance schemes operated by the Australian Gas Association (AGA), SAI Global, IAPMO R&T Oceana, Global-Mark and Vipac are all authorised by ESV. Gas safety regulators in all other States and Territories have also accepted these schemes.
The AGA certification scheme
The AGA certification scheme operates to Rules Governing (published by AGA), which describes terms and conditions related to securing and retaining an AGA certification. Each model certification relies on a technical assessment of a representative sample product by an approved test laboratory using relevant safety standards, nominated by AGA.
Serial manufacture is subject to regular product and process audits by the AGA in order to verify continued compliance. Certification may be suspended or withdrawn where unauthorised product modifications have been carried out.
The appliance acceptance scheme operated by AGA is subject to periodic review by ESV, based on a declaration by AGA of the ongoing integrity of the scheme.
The SAI Global scheme
SAI Global’s gas safety certification scheme is offered for gas appliances and components including domestic gas cooking appliances, gas fired water heaters, gas space heaters, domestic outdoor gas barbecues and gas pool heaters.
Compliance to the relevant standard is confirmed through independent testing and review of test reports. Ongoing compliance of the certified product is demonstrated via an annual product evaluation.
The SAI Global gas scheme incorporates:
- Type A gas appliances (up to 500 MJ/h),
- Commercial catering equipment,
- Industrial appliances (generally appliances up to and not exceeding 500 MJ/h),
- Camping and leisure equipment, and
International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) gas certification acceptance scheme
IAPMO’s gas certification acceptance scheme assists manufacturers and distributors with obtaining gas appliance and component certification to appropriate Australian Standards.
The IAPMO scheme incorporates:
- Type A gas appliances (up to 1,000 MJ/hr)
- commercial catering equipment
- industrial appliances (up to 1,000 MJ/hr)
- camping and leisure gas equipment
- gas components.
The scheme is subjected to regular product and process audits by IAPMO and ESV and is recognised by all Australian state and territory regulatory authorities.
ESV also recognises IAPMO for Tier 2 certification of gas appliances in small numbers (a maximum of 5 units).
Global-Mark’s certification is based on a type test process, including product testing or assessments acceptable to Global-Mark or the appropriate state technical regulator.
The certification program applies to:
- Type A appliances (up to 500 MJ/h),
- Commercial gas appliances,
- Low volume products (less than two items produced each month),
- Components, and
- Camping and leisure gas appliances.
The Certificate of Approval is valid for the product or a range of products with similar characteristics, materials and production processes, as tested.
If any of the products critical components are changed, a new test report is required so approval of the altered product can be granted prior to being implemented into production.
Vipac certification scheme
Vipac’s gas certification scheme is recognised by all Australian States and Territories regulatory authorities. The certification scheme is a type test, certification program for the certification of gas appliances and gas components covered under specific standards.
The scheme covers certification of Type A gas appliances and gas components, independent type test and test report reviews and ongoing compliance verification.
Vipac certifies gas products including:
- New gas products (not pre-used or refurbished),
- Appliances (up to 1000 MJ/h),
- Commercial catering equipment,
- Industrial appliances (generally appliances up to, but not exceeding1000 MJ/h),
- Camping and leisure equipment,
- Components used as a part of a certified appliance, and
- Products not covered above, subject to the support of regulatory authorities on the basis of compliance with AS3645 Essential requirements for gas equipment.
Vipac Gas Mark certificates are valid for a period of five years. The certified, issue and expiry dates are detailed on the Certificate and the Product Listing Schedule.
The Certificate will normally be reissued after five years without the need for additional laboratory assessments, providing Vipac is satisfied there are no matters impeding the issuance i.e. Standard update or product changes requiring additional laboratory assessment.
Type B Appliance accepted safety case
Division 3 of the Gas Safety Act 1997 provides that ESV may permit the manufacturer of a class of Type B appliance intended for use in manufacturing or industrial premises to submit a safety case for supply and installation of those gas appliances.
Applications must be in writing, specifying the safety management system to be followed. Refer to the Gas Safety Act 1997 section 53 for further details.
ESV will discuss requirements for a safety case upon review of each application.
If you have any queries in relation to this information, please contact our Gas Technical Helpline directly on 1800 652 563 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.