Australian standards of relevance to laboratories in the wine industry

A standard is a published document that sets out specifications and procedures designed to ensure that a material, product, method or service is fit for its purpose and consistently performs the way it was intended to perform.

There are many standards that relate to laboratories that are important to consider both when designing a new laboratory facility or in respect of the day-to-day operations. There are certain occupational health and safety legislative requirements of which the criteria for conformance are often based on such standards. Other standards relate to quality, including that of equipment items, such as glassware, or the management system.

In Australia, most standards are published by Standards Australia, which is an independent, non-government organization. However, through a Memorandum of Understanding they are recognized by the Commonwealth Government as the peak non-government standards body in Australia, and represent Australia on the two peak International Standards organizations, ISO and IEC. Standards Australia’s primary role is to prepare standards through an open process of consultation and consensus in which all interested parties from a variety of industries are invited to participate.

Standards are reviewed from time to time, mostly within ten years of their publication date. However, standards dealing with topics that are continually undergoing rapid change are revised and republished within a maximum period of seven years. It is therefore important to ensure that you have the most up to date version of any standards that are critical to your business operations. This can be achieved by contacting the Customer Service Centre of Standards Australia or by visiting their web site.

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The following listing shows some of the standards that may be of relevance to winery laboratories (as at December 2008) and is provided as an example only. For an up to date and current listing, please ensure that you consult the latest information available from Standards Australia. If you have internet access, then you can search the database of standards from their web site at Standards Australia.

  • Laboratory practice
    • AS ISO/IEC 17025-1999 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories
    • AS 2830.1-1985 Good laboratory practice – Chemical analysis
    • AS 1766.1.1-1991 Food microbiology – General procedures and techniques – Samples, materials, equipment, laboratory practice
  • Laboratory design and construction
    • AS/NZS 2982.1:1997 Laboratory design and construction – General requirements
  • Laboratory equipment
    • AS 2163-2002 Laboratory glassware – Measuring cylinders
    • AS 2164-2003 Laboratory glassware – One-mark volumetric flasks
    • AS 2165-1996 Laboratory glassware – Burettes
    • AS 2244-1999 Laboratory glassware – Test tubes
    • AS 2245-1999 Laboratory glassware – Filter funnels
    • AS 2408-1996 Laboratory glassware – Filter flasks
    • AS 4715-2002 Laboratory glassware – Narrow-necked boiling flasks
    • AS 4716.1-2002 Laboratory glassware – Bottles – Screw-neck bottles
    • AS 2164-2003 Laboratory glassware – One-mark volumetric flasks
    • AS 2234-2002 Laboratory glassware – Beakers
    • DR 01234 (Draft) Laboratory glassware – One-mark pipettes
    • DR 01311 (Draft) Laboratory glassware – Measuring cylinders
    • AS 2026-2003 Laboratory glassware – Density hydrometers
    • AS 2163-2002 Laboratory glassware – Measuring cylinders
    • AS 2164-2003 Laboratory glassware – One-mark volumetric flasks
    • AS 2165-1996 Laboratory glassware – Burettes
    • AS 2166-2002 Laboratory glassware – One-mark pipettes
    • AS 2234-2002 Laboratory glassware – Beakers
    • AS 2244-1999 Laboratory glassware – Test tubes
    • AS 2245-1999 Laboratory glassware – Filter funnels
    • AS 2408-1996 Laboratory glassware – Filter flasks
    • AS 4715-2002 Laboratory glassware – Narrow-necked boiling flasks
    • AS 4716.1-2002 Laboratory glassware – Bottles – Screw-neck bottles
  • Safety in laboratories
    • AS/NZS 2243.1:1997 Safety in laboratories – General
    • AS/NZS 2243.1:1997/Amdt 1-2000 Safety in laboratories – General
    • AS/NZS 2243.2:2006 Safety in laboratories – Chemical aspects
    • AS/NZS 2243.3:2002 Safety in laboratories – Microbiological aspects and containment facilities
    • AS/NZS 2243.3:2002/Amdt 1-2003 Safety in laboratories – Microbiological aspects and containment facilities
    • AS 2243.4-1998 Safety in laboratories – Ionizing radiations
    • AS 2243.5-1998 Safety in laboratories – Non-ionizing radiations
    • AS 2243.5:2004 Safety in laboratories – Non-ionizing radiations
    • AS/NZS 2243.5:2004 Safety in laboratories – Part 5: Non-ionizing radiations – Electromagnetic, sound and ultrasound
    • AS 2243.6-1990 Safety in laboratories – Mechanical aspects
    • AS 2243.7-1991 Safety in laboratories – Electrical aspects
    • AS/NZS 2243.8:2006 Safety in laboratories – Fume cupboards
    • AS 2243.9-2003 Safety in laboratories – Recirculating fume cabinets
    • AS/NZS 2243.10:2004 Safety in laboratories – Storage of chemicals
    • AS/NZS 2243.10:2004 Safety in laboratories – Part 10: Storage of chemicals
    • DR 03358 Safety in laboratories – Part 10: Storage of chemicals
    • AS/NZS 2430.3.6:1997 Classification of hazardous areas – Examples of area classification – Laboratories including fume cupboards and flammable medical agents
  • Quality system accreditation
    • HB 18.43.2:1998 Guidelines for third-party certification and accreditation – Guide 43 – Proficiency testing by interlaboratory comparisons – Part 2: Selection and use of proficiency testing schemes by laboratory accreditation bodies
    • HB 18.55-1991 Guidelines for third-party certification and accreditation – Guide 55 – Testing laboratory accreditation systems – General recommendations for operation
    • HB 18.58:1993 Guideline for third-party certification and accreditation – Guide 58 – Calibration and testing laboratory accreditation systems – General requirements for operation and recognition