Sunglasses are a great way to protect your eyes against ultraviolet radiation (UVR) and glare from the sun
Requirements for sunglasses in Australia
Any glasses that claim to be sunglasses or fashion spectacles and are sold for that purpose must comply with the Australian and New Zealand standard, AS/NZS 1067.1:2016: Eye and face protection – Sunglasses and fashion spectacles. This standard applies to uniformly tinted, polarising, photochromic and gradient tinted lenses. Copies of the sunglass standard are available from Standards Australia. The retailer, distributor or importer is responsible for ensuring that sunglasses comply with the standard.
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC), as part of their Product Safety Australia initiative, summarises the requirements for sunglasses on their webpage Sunglasses & Fashion Spectacles including a downloadable supplier guide. State governments publish sunglass fair trading compliance guidelines, check the relevant fair trading websites for up-to-date information. ARPANSA also publishes a fact sheet on sunglasses and protection from solar UVR.
Sunglass testing at ARPANSA
ARPANSA operates a service for measuring the transmission properties of all types of sunglasses and visors. The UVR and visible transmission of the lenses are measured in accordance with the optical transmittance requirements of Section 5 of AS/NZS 1067.1:2016: Eye and face protection – Sunglasses and fashion spectacles.
The report includes the lens category and labelling requirements.
Note that sunglasses sent to ARPANSA cannot be returned as the testing procedures require the lenses be removed from the frame, marked and in some cases cut into smaller pieces. Allow up to ten working days for the testing of the lenses.
Schedule of charges
Effective 1 July 2019
Some types of lenses require more time-consuming testing procedures and the charges reflect the amount of work involved.
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Prices quoted are in Australian dollars. 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.
Sunglass testing request form
Send sunglasses samples and a testing request form to:
619 Lower Plenty Road
Yallambie VIC 3085
Sample sunglass report
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.