Acceptance of international standards and risk assessments for product approvals

As part of the Australian Government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda and the broader Deregulation Agenda, the Government has adopted the principle that if a system, service or product has been approved under a trusted international standard or risk assessment, then Australia’s regulators should not impose any additional requirements for approval in Australia unless it can be demonstrated that there is a good reason to do so. The objective is to reduce unnecessary red tape, thus removing barriers to trade and increasing productivity.

To implement this principle, the Department developed criteria for assessing the appropriateness of adopting a particular international standard or risk assessment. This criterion was open for public consultation (closed 28 October 2015).

If you have any comments or suggestions to make on the Department’s adoption of international standards or risk assessment for product approval please forward your input to .

For further information on the adoption of international standards