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Australia launches Procurement of Construction Products guide

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The Australasian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) has launched a new procurement guide, Procurement of Construction Products, A guide to achieving compliance. Innes Willox, Australian Industry Group Chief Executive, said: "It is a great example of government and industry working together to reduce the risks presented by dangerous proliferation of non-conforming building products in Australia.

"This guide, the result of contributions and support from more than 30 peak industry and government organisations, will help businesses in construction industry supply chains to understand Australian regulatory and product requirements when placing construction products onto the market and when specifying and installing these products.

"The performance and quality of construction products is critical to ensuring the safety and durability of our built assets. With hundreds of thousands of construction products competing within the Australian marketplace and with high rates of non-conformance reported in this sector, it is important to be able to ascertain whether or not products conform to our National Construction Code and standards requirements. This guide will assist procurers identify conforming construction products and help prevent products being sold on an unsuspecting market,” continued Willox.

“Ai Group's recently published report – The quest for a level playing field: The non-conforming building products dilemma – revealed the widespread use of non-conforming products across the building and construction sector. The report highlighted concerns that non-conforming building products could jeopardise consumer and employee safety, detract from long-term asset values; and impact negatively on Australian businesses.

"Given the scale of the problems identified in the report, Ai Group believes that engagement of all stakeholders and a firm commitment to address the problems is needed. We acknowledge there may be no quick fix, but active steps such as this guide are needed to rectify the problems presented by non-conforming products across the economy," said Willox.

Access the Procurement of Construction Products guide via the APCC website.

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling

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