SAFEGUARDS | Consumer Products NO. 108/17
Two new Australia / New Zealand Standards (AS/NZS 1067.1: 2016 & AS/NZS 1067.2: 2016) were published at the end of September 2016.
The objective of those standards is to specify minimum requirements for sunglasses, fashion spectacles and replacement filters that are nominally afocal (plano power)—excluding prescription filters—providing protection against solar radiation for general use including road-use and driving.
AS/NZS 1067.1: 2016 (Eye and face protection—Sunglasses and fashion spectacles Part 1: Requirements ) aligns its requirements closely to those of ISO 12312-1:2013 (Eye and face protection—Sunglasses and related eyewear, Part 1: Sunglasses for general use.)
Test methods referred to in AS/NZS 1067.1: 2016 are now located in AS/NZS 1067.2 (Eye and face protection—Sunglasses and fashion spectacles, Part 2: Test methods), which is an identical adoption of ISO 12311:2013 (Personal protective equipment—Test methods for sunglasses and related eyewear).
One of the major differences between AS/NZS standard and ISO standard is that AS/NZS 1067: 2016 provides protection to a higher wavelength of 400nm, while ISO standard provides protection against harmful UVR to a maximum of 380nm.
Currently, Consumer Protection Notices No. 13 of 2003 and No. 4 of 2005 sets out the mandatory requirements for sunglasses and fashion spectacles. They are based on certain sections of the voluntary standard AS/NZS 1067: 2003.
ACCC has issued proposals to amend the mandatory standard with reference to the latest voluntary standard, AS/NZS 1067:2016, in order to keep the regulation relevant, avoid confusion and facilitate compliance. There will be a further announcement for the new regulation and its transition period.
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