Type-approval of an OBM System is the process that TCA uses to determine:

  • If an Applicant is suitable from a probity, financial and commercial perspective to have its OBM System type-approved by TCA, and
  • Whether an OBM System presented by the Applicant meets the functional and technical requirements set out in the On-Board Mass (OBM) Functional and Technical Specification.

An Applicant must meet all of the prudential, financial, technical and functional requirements necessary to achieve type-approval of its OBM System.

Applying for type-approval of an OBM System

Applicants can apply for type-approval by contacting TCA.

The On-Board Mass (OBM) System Guideline for type-approval details the four-stage process that Applicants will progress through with TCA to obtain type-approval.

TCA recovers the costs associated with each stage of type-approval of an OBM System from Applicants, as detailed below.

Stages of type-approval of an OBM System

Stages 1 and 2 Application and Checklist Stage  $10,000 (excl GST)
Stage 3 Risk Focussed Review and Testing Stage  $25,000 (excl GST)
Stage 4 Type-approval Stage  $5,000 (excl GST)


Certificates of Conformance

Once type-approval has been obtained, the Applicant will issue a Certificate of Conformance with each type-approved OBM System supplied to consumers.

Each Certificate of Conformance is valued at $20 (excl GST), and is payable by the Applicant.


TCA reserves the right to adjust the costs associated with type-approval and Certificates of Conformance.