The NAA Archival Quality testing program

National Archives testing logoIf you are you in the market for archival quality paper and board products you can consult the National Archives of Australia (NAA) website for the current list of approved products in their Archival Quality testing program. The program has been run since 1997 by the NAA and is aimed at ensuring that high quality paper and board products are readily available in the marketplace.

The program is based on a quality standard created by the NAA. The NAA have also registered a certification trademark (see below) which can be applied to materials which meet the standard.

To test product quality the NAA have established a paper testing facility which has been accredited by National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA).

Products tested and found to meet the quality standard are allowed to use the trademark. Products given approval are retested every two years.

A listing of currently approved products is available on the NAA website at:

http://www.naa.gov.au/records-management/agency/preserve/physical-preservation/register.aspx

The standard itself can be seen at:

http://www.naa.gov.au/records-management/agency/preserve/physical-preservation/certification-trademark.aspx

If you have further questions, please contact Ian Batterham: ian.batterham@naa.gov.au