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Product Selection Criteria for Verification Testing Activities in Australia and New Zealand

01-May-2012

This report examines the process used by the E3 Program, a labeling program jointly managed by the Governments of Australia and New Zealand, to select products for check testing. It examines the criteria used in similar compliance programs overseas. Additionally, the report provides recommendations to improve the product selection criteria so as to better target products that are prone to fail the program requirements.

Verification testing, also known as check testing, has been undertaken according to the existing criteria for many years. Those criteria were often derived from methodology specified by the test standard or protocol. Verification testing is the most certain means to confirm whether individual models meet the performance requirements specified in the mandatory program.

The existing selection criteria match closely with those used by similar programs and were found to have served the E3 Program well. The existing criteria have assisted regulatory agencies manage the objectives of fairly assessing competitor complaints and non-compliance risk. The introduction of a scoring system against specified selection criteria will provide for an enhanced selection process and greater transparency of the selection process for products undergoing verification testing.

More specifically, new proposed criteria will:

  • enhance the process of selecting products for testing to ensure that there is a spread of testing across all equipment types regulated under the Program; and
  • establish a scoring system, based on the new criteria, to identify and rank products that pose the greatest risk to the program.

While confidentiality will continue while investigations are conducted, a more open scheme including public reporting in several forms will become a feature of the revised process. This more open system will be achieved by documenting reasons for product selection which will be available to suppliers and eventually third-parties. This greater disclosure should enable E3 and third parties to evaluation if the selection process is indeed delivering benefits to regulatory agencies.