UPF testing information pack

ARPANSA tests thousands of materials every year and rates their sun protection abilities.

Our testing laboratory is NATA-accredited to ensure the quality of results. Our test reports contain all the information required by the Australian standard for sun protective clothing and you can use the results to ensure your products are correctly labelled.

An information pack is available from ARPANSA that describes how to have your materials tested by our laboratory and the costs involved.

The complete UPF testing information package includes the testing request form, schedule of charges and payment details.

UPF Testing Request Form

Send samples and a testing request form to:

UVR Services
ARPANSA
619 Lower Plenty Road
Yallambie VIC 3085
Australia

Sample UPF Report

PDF icon Sample UPF report

Explanatory Notes for UPF Reports

PDF icon Explanatory notes for UPF reports

Microsoft Office document icon Explanatory notes for UPF reports

Australian companies pay the charges in the GST-included column. Non-Australian companies pay the charges in the GST-exempt column. All prices are in Australian dollars. The preferred methods of payment are in Australian dollars, either by bank cheque made out to ‘ARPANSA’, by electronic funds transfer (EFT), BPAY or by credit card (VISA or MasterCard) up to $5000.

Payment Methods

Schedule of charges

Effective 1 July 2019

Fabrics and single-colour garments:

Number of samples Cost per sample (including Australian GST) Cost per sample (excluding Australian GST)
1 to 10 AUD $150.00 AUD $136.36
More than 10 AUD $130.00 AUD $118.18

Hats and multi-component garments:

Number of samples Cost per sample (including Australian GST) Cost per sample (excluding Australian GST)
1 to 10 AUD $160.00 AUD $145.45
More than 10 AUD $140.00 AUD $127.27

Prices are in Australian dollars. Australian companies pay the charges in the column that includes Australian GST. Non-Australian companies pay the charges in the column that excludes Australian GST. Payment is in Australian dollars, either by bank cheque made out to ‘ARPANSA’, by electronic funds transfer (EFT), BPAY or by credit card (VISA or MasterCard) up to $5000.

Notes about fabric sampling and identification

To obtain meaningful UPF results it is essential that samples sent for UPF testing are representative of the bulk of material. Due to manufacturing variations, UPF results for one batch of material may not apply to different batches of the same material.

The Australian/New Zealand standard for sun protective clothing, AS/NZS 4399, specifies certain requirements for test reports. These include adequate descriptions of the type and colour of the material tested. ARPANSA cannot issue an AS/NZS 4399 compliant report unless adequate descriptions are supplied with samples.

Re-issue of test reports

If you require changes to a test report after it has been issued, a processing charge of $35 per report will apply.

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