The Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ)
JAS-ANZ is the Government appointed accreditation body for Australia and New Zealand responsible for providing accreditation of CABs that undertake management system, personnel and product certification, and inspections.
The criteria for bodies seeking JAS-ANZ accreditation for inspection are based on ISO/IEC 17020 – Conformity assessment – Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection, SA HB 18.23-1991 (R2016) Guidelines for third-party certification and accreditation – Guide 23 – Methods of indicating conformity with Standards for third-party certification systems, SA HB 18.27-1991 (R2016) Guidelines for corrective action to be taken by a certification body in the event of either misapplication of its mark of conformity to a product, products which bear the mark of the certification body being found to subject persons or property to risk).
At the international level, JAS-ANZ is a signatory to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF)
The National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA)
NATA is Australia’s national authority for accreditation of laboratories and reference material producers performing specific types of testing, inspection, calibration, and other related activities. NATA provides assessment, accreditation and training services to laboratories and technical facilities.
The criteria for determining a facility's competence are based on the relevant international standard (eg AS ISO/IEC 17025-2005 (R2016) General requirements for the competence of testing and callibration laboratories and AS/NZS ISO/IEC 17020:2013 Conformity assessment – Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection) and include: the qualifications, training and experience of staff; correct equipment that is properly calibrated and maintained; adequate quality assurance procedures; appropriate sampling practices.
At the international level, NATA is a signatory body for testing, calibration, reference
material producer and inspection accreditation through APAC
To avoid costly re-testing, and technical and international recognition barriers, Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRA) and Multilateral Recognition Arrangements (MLA) are established between 113 Regional Accreditation Authorities in 65 countries. Mutual recognition is decided following evaluation including standard harmonisation and peer review according to strict requirements agreed at international level. Conformity assessment bodies with accreditation from a Regional Accreditation Authority of the international accreditation cooperation are mutually recognised by all other international signatory member states to that cooperation through the relevant MRA and MLA.
Conformity assessment body accreditation and the NCPR
NATSPEC is not a conformity assessment body and the NCPR relies on conformity assessment performed by conformity assessment bodies with accreditation from the following accreditation bodies:
Akkreditierung Austria (Austria)
IANZ (New Zealand)