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The Australian Greenhouse Office (AGO) and the Collaborative on Labelling and Standards Programs (CLASP), led by IIEC, organized a study tour for technical experts from APEC and ASEAN economies to visit Australia from 22 to 26 November 2004. The tour brought together high-level technical experts from lighting testing laboratories and certification bodies in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand, and it provided a unique opportunity for these experts to discuss the test methods and procedures for energy performance testing of fluorescent lamp ballasts.

During the study tour, official delegates had a number of meetings with Australian organizations based in Victoria and New South Wales including the Australian Greenhouse Office (AGO); the Department of the Environment and Heritage; the Office of the Chief Electrical Inspector Victoria (state energy regulator); the Lighting Council of Australia (industry association); Standards Australia (national standard body); and two testing laboratories (Tridonic.Atco, the largest lighting manufacturer in Australia, and LightLab)

 
As a result of the study tour, delegates agreed to work with CLASP and AGO in conducting "round-robin" testing within participating laboratories to confirm the usefulness of the Australian/NewZealand ballast test methodology, which references IEC and EN standards, within APEC economies. The results on this round-robin testing are expected to be available by mid-2005. For more information, contact Sommai Phon-Amnuaisuk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .