There are multiple pathways to demonstrating product compliance
and evidence of suitability in Australia. The ActivFire
Scheme outlined below is one of these pathways. FPA
Australia's Position Statement (PS-05) "Product Compliance &
Evidence of Suitability" sets out the Association's position on
product certification and provides comprehensive advice regarding
the current pathways available. For more information and to access
ActivFire is an independent listing scheme which lists fire
protection equipment that has been tested and evaluated to conform
to relevant standards and specifications.
The scheme was first established in 1989 by the Scientific
Services Laboratory (SSL) as a joint government agency and industry
initiative, in consultation with FPA Australia in response to the
Foley Report which identified a number of concerns which needed
addressing in regards to testing and certifying fire protection
In 2004, the SSL services and facilities were transferred to the
CSIRO division of Materials Science and Engineering
The ActivFire scheme publishes a list of fire protection
equipment which has been verified as conforming to Australian
Standards, international standards and technical specifications.
The list is known as the Register of Fire Protection Equipment.
Through an MOU with CSIRO, FPA Australia endorses the ActivFire
scheme and commends equipment listed. The CSIRO is one of a number
of organizations able to undertake third party testing of
ActivFire is administered by CSIRO. The ActivFire register of
fire protection equipment can be accessed at www.activfire.gov.au.