Sprinkler head testing image The protection of the community through the maintenance and administration of a suite of appraisal and listing schemes is one the important roles within the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, (CSIRO Verification Services).

CSIRO Verification Services, is responsible for the maintenance and administration of the ActivFire® Scheme and maintaining the Register of Fire Protection Equipment.

As a Registered Testing Authority, defined in the Building Code of Australia, CSIRO Verification Services operates well-equipped laboratories throughout Australia, including the services provided by Fire Systems Group at the Clayton, Victoria site. Specific facilities include:

  • a purpose-built smoke test room;
  • environmental chambers;
  • corrosion and weathering apparatus;
  • detector test ovens;
  • electrical transient testers; and
  • a comprehensive range of electromagnetic susceptibility test equipment.

Testing monitoring panelWithin the structure of CSIRO Verification Services, the ActivFire® Scheme operates independently, but is backed by the expertise the laboratory has in the testing and evaluation of fire protection equipment.

The scheme recognises investigations undertaken by CSIRO Infrastructure Technologies, other Registered Testing Authorities and depending upon the product type and applicable compliance assessment criteria, investigations and approvals by a number of overseas agencies.

The ActivFire® Register of Fire Protection Equipment is referenced in the BCA 2006 Volume One, under Section A2.2 Evidence of Suitability.