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The Australian Building Codes Board introduced Product Technical Statements as one option to establish ‘Evidence of Suitability’ under the NCC.
In Queensland, a Product Technical Statement can also be used as the ‘required information’ for those with obligations in the ‘chain of responsibility’ under the QBCC Act.
A Product Technical Statement is provided by the manufacturer or supplier and includes details on how a product complies with the NCC, the limitations of its use and instructions on the appropriate installation. It should reference test reports etc. that provide evidence of the claims and details of where further information can be sought.
Master Builders encourages the use of Product Technical Statements across all building products. It is a tool that can provide consistent, easy to understand information on the use of products in regulated building work.
We recommend that builders and contractors request them from suppliers before accepting or installing building products. We are also working with manufacturers and suppliers to encourage their use.
The Australian Building Codes Board includes an example template for Product Technical Statements in the Evidence of Suitability Handbook.