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Australian sunglass standard

Australian sunglass standard

In 1971 Australia was the first country to introduce a national standard for sunglasses (AS 1067.1: 1990 ‘Sunglasses and fashion spectacles’). Australia is now one of the few countries along with UK, Germany, France and USA to have a standard for sunglasses. AS/NZS 1067 is the only mandatory sunglass standard in the world and the requirements for complying with the Safety Requirements and Performance Requirements sections are quite demanding. All sunglasses sold in Australia must comply with the standard.

In 2003 a revised sunglass standard AS/NZS 1067:2003: ‘Sunglasses and Fashion Spectacles’ was released. The new standard defines five categories of lenses:

Description of lens
Fashion spectacles that are not sunglasses and provide very low reduction in sunglare with some UV protection
Fashion spectacles that are not sunglasses and provide a limited reduction in sunglare with some UV protection
Sunglasses that provide a medium level protection against sunglare with good UV protection
Sunglasses that provide a high level of protection against sunglare with good UV protection
Sunglasses for special purposes that provide a very high level of
protection against sunglare with good UV protection