Archived FAQs

Can I register products under a previous version of the HA TR25** Series?
TOPAS is only accepting registration for products under the HA specification versions (as at 1st January 2015) and limited to those under TR25**.  HA Type Approval remains in force for products registered under previous versions of their specifications  unless obsoleted or removed by the HA.  HA Approval is not however transferrable to an updated version of a specification without further application from the Design Authority.
For consistency the TOPAS Management Board introduced an historical cut off point for prior registration products.  It was felt by the Management Board  that products not registered to the current HA 25** Specs as at 1st January 2015 either were becoming obsolescent or had a dedicated customer base who is satisfied.  Where there was order demand then manufacturers would already have migrated to the latest specification.


How do I register a product which does not entirely match the TOPAS Specification?
As previously with the HA process, manufacturers may apply for registration of a product with identified exceptions/exclusions to specifications, which applications will be considered on an individual basis.  Such exceptions will be required to be declared on the Declaration of Conformity.  Please refer to TOPAS 0600 for the procedure for registration.


How will I know if a specification is due to be reviewed?
Please check on the Specification Review page.  TOPAS Management Board will invite all manufacturers, and particularly those with products registered under the specification(s) in question,  to contribute to the specification review process via this site.   While TOPAS intends to review all its specifications regularly, any such review may not result in an up-issue of the specification if there is no material change required.   Specification changes and the consequent need for  re-registrations will only occur in line with best practice for the industry.
Manufacturers may request the Management Board to review a specification at any time.


What happens to current HA Type Approvals?
Existing HA Type Approvals against a given version of a HA specification are not affected in any way by TOPAS and remain valid (subject to any withdrawals through the HA).  It is expected that most products will migrate to TOPAS and new products will of course only be registered with TOPAS.  Purchasing organisations will use the TOPAS register for procurement purposes.


How long does TOPAS Registration last for?
TOPAS Registration is not time limited. However, since TOPAS Specifications are primarily procurement specifications, it is recommended that manufacturers notify TOPAS when products are withdrawn from sale so that they can be removed from the current register and ensure potential purchasers are aware of the most current availability of products.

What happens when a product is becoming obsolescent?
There will be products which will not be registered with TOPAS because a manufacturer considers it not longer has demand and thus it will not appear on the product register.  However, manufacturers will of course already provide information on their own website or catalogue regarding those particular products and support available and other options for procurers.


What happens to current HA Type Approvals?
Existing HA Type Approvals against a given version of a HA specification are not affected in any way by TOPAS and remain valid (subject to any withdrawals through the HA).  It is expected that most products will migrate to TOPAS and new products will of course only be registered with TOPAS.  Purchasing organisations will use the TOPAS register for procurement purposes.


What happens when a product is withdrawn from sale?
Since TOPAS Registration is fundamentally to ensure up to date information for the procurement of products which conform to specifications, where a product becomes withdrawn from sale then manufacturers are advised to notify TOPAS so that the products can be removed from the register.  This will help to ensure the register isrecognised as an effective and straightforward process for all manufacturers and purchasers alike. 


Is a Notified Body mandatory for product registration?
As part of the registration process manufacturers must provide a technical file, which file must be audited by a body which is completely independent from the manufacturer - a technical assessor.  This would normally be a  Notified Body as generally understood, but is not limited to Notified Bodies.  Organisations approved by TOPAS may fulfil this requirement, provided these are independent of the application organisation.  A list of technical assessors will be published on this website.

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