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
Schedule of Charges for UPF Testing
Sample UPF Report
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" or by electronic funds transfer (EFT). Note that overseas EFT payments attract an additional bank fee of A$20 per transaction.
Schedule of Charges for Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) Testing
Testing of Fabrics
|Number of Fabric Samples||Cost per sample ($) including Australian GST||Cost per sample ($) excluding Australian GST|
|1 to 10||AUD $125.00||AUD $113.64|
|More than 10||AUD $105.00||AUD $95.45|
Testing of Hats
|Number of Hat Samples||Cost per sample ($) including Australian GST||Cost per sample ($) excluding Australian GST|
|1 to 10||AUD $135.00||AUD $122.73|
|More than 10||AUD $115.00||AUD $104.55|
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.
Samples are processed in order of receipt. An additional Express Testing charge of 50% of the standard charge applies to each sample that requires processing out of sequence (priority testing).