CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT BODY

“Conformity assessment body:

A body that performs conformity assessment services. An accreditation body is not a conformity assessment body.”

– AS ISO/IEC 17000-2005 Conformity assessment—Vocabulary and general principles

A conformity assessment body (CAB) may be a 1st, 2nd or 3rd (independent) party that performs conformity assessment activities that provide various types of assurance that products, processes, systems, persons or bodies fulfil requirements set out in specifications such as international, regional, or national standards, guides or other normative documents. Activities include testing, inspection, audit and assessment associated with the product.

Test laboratories, certification bodies and the NCPR

NATSPEC is not a conformity assessment body and the NCPR relies on conformity assessment performed by others, including the following organisations with accreditation from accreditation bodies, at the time of the product's registered assessment. Note that product testing may be performed as part of product development and not as part of the conformity assessment process, in which case the test laboratories are not acting as conformity assessment bodies.

Conformity Assessment Body (CAB)

Website

Regional Accreditation Authority

Accreditation Number

APL (Applied Physics Laboratory) Australia Pty Ltd

APL (Applied Physics Laboratory) Australia Pty Ltd  

NATA (at the time of listed assessment)

15393

ACO Polycrete Pty Ltd

ACO Polycrete Pty Ltd  

NATA

15193

Air Quality Sciences, Inc. (AQS)

Air Quality Sciences, Inc. (AQS)  

ANSI

0198

Aluminium Specialities Group Pty Ltd

Aluminium Specialities Group Pty Ltd  

NATA

15657

Applied Acoustics Laboratory, RMIT University, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

www.rmit.edu.au  

NATA (at the time of listed assessment)

1421

Applus+ Laboratories (LGAI Technological Center S.A.)

www.applus  laboratories.com  

ENAC

0370

ATTAR, Advanced Technology Testing and Research

www.attar.com.au  

NATA

2735

Australian Certification Services Pty Ltd

www.certification  services.com.au  

JAS-ANZ

N/A

Australian Hearing National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL)

www.nal.gov.au  

NATA (at the time of listed assessment)

5472 

Australian Water Quality Centre

www.awqc.com.au  

NATA

1115

Australian Window Association (AWA)

www.awa.org.au  

NATA

13739

Australian Wool Testing Authority Ltd (AWTA)

www.awtaproduct  testing.com.au  

NATA

1356

BRANZ Limited

www.branz.co.nz  

IANZ

37

BRE Global Ltd

www.breglobal.co.uk  

UKAS

578

Cambridge Materials Testing Limited

www.cambridge  materials.com  

SCC

59

Ceram Building Technology (Changed name to Lucideon)

www.lucideon.com  

UKAS

0006

CertMark International Pty Ltd

www.certmark.org  

JAS-ANZ

N/A

CSIRO Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Fire Technology Laboratory

www.csiro.au  

NATA

165

CSIRO Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Slip Resistance Laboratory

www.csiro.au  

NATA

165

CSR Building Products Technical Centre/CSR Building Materials Technical Centre

www.csr.com.au  

NATA

701

Cyclone Testing Station, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, James Cook University

www.jcu.edu.au/cts  

NATA

14937

Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik (DIBt)

www.dibt.de  

EOTA

N/A

Eco-Scan

www.eco-scan.be  

Belac

451-TEST

Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia (EWPAA)

www.ewp.asn.au  

JAS-ANZ

Z4351009AN

Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia (EWPAA)

www.ewp.asn.au  

NATA

765

Eurofins ams Laboratories Pty Ltd

www.eurofins.com.au  

NATA

15773

Eurofins Product Testing A/S

www.eurofins.com  /Galten  

DANAK

522

Element Missassauga, Canada

www.element.com  

IAS

TL-407

Warringtonfire Australia Pty Ltd

www.warringtonfire.com  

NATA

3277

BM Trada

www.bmtrada.com  

UKAS

012

FIW München

www.fiw-muenchen.de  

Dakks

D-PL-14116-01-00

FM Approval

www.fmapprovals.com  

IAS

TL-221

Fraunhofer IBP

www.ibp.fraunhofer.de  

DAkkS

D-PL-11140-11-04

Foray Laboratories Pty Ltd (CETEC)

www.cetec.com.au  

NATA

1231

Global-Mark Pty Ltd

www.global-mark.com.au  

JAS-ANZ

N/A

Hansa-Nordlabor Pinneberg

www.hansa-nord-labor.de  

DAkkS

1502

Ian Bennie & Associates

www.ibalab.com.au  

NATA

2371

IAPMO R&T OCEANA

www.iapmooceana.org  

JAS-ANZ

N/A

ISSeP, Institut scientifique de service public

www.issep.be  

BELAC

060-Test

Laboratoire national de métrologie et d’essais (LNE)

www.lne.eu  

COFRAC

3-0998

Labosport Canada

www.labosport.com  

UKAS

4098

Material Testing Institute North (Das Materialprüfinstitut Nord)

www.bauzert.de  

DAkkS

D-PL-17407-01-00

Mechanical Testing Services Pty. Ltd

www.nata.com.au  

NATA

14931

Melbourne Testing Services Pty Ltd

melbtest.com.au  

NATA

1047

MFPA Leipzig GmbH

www.mfpa-leipzig.de  

DAkkS

 

SAI Global Certification Services Pty Limited

www.saiglobal.com  

JAS-ANZ

N/A

Säurefliesner-Vereinigung E. V. (The Acid Tiling Association, Institute for Wall and Floor Coverings)

www.saeurefliesner.de  

DakkS

D-PL-18372-01-00

Schlegel Pty Ltd

www.schlegel.com  

NATA

1764

Scientific Certification Systems Global Services (SCS)

www.scsglobal  services.com  

JAS-ANZ

N/A

SGS

www.sgs.com.au  

JAS-ANZ

N/A

Southwest Research Institute, (SwRI) Fire Technology Department & Chemical Engineering Department

www.swri.org  

IAS

TL-214

Staatliche Materialprüfungsanstalt Darmstadt (MPA)

www.mpa-ifw.tu-darmstadt.de  

DAkkS

D-PL-11048-01-01; D-ZE-11048-01-00

Testing, Inspection and Certification Body of the Municipality of Vienna

www.ma39.wien.at  

Akkreditierung Austria

1139

TFI Textiles & Flooring Institute GmbH

tfi-aachen.de  

DAkkS

D-PL-17152-01-00

TUV Rheinland

www.tuv.com  

NATA

1700

TÜV SÜD PSB Pte. Ltd.

www.tuv-sud-psb.sg  

SAC

PC-2017-06

UL

www.ul.com  

ANSI

0198

 

Accreditation

Accreditation is a third party attestation of the competence of the CAB to perform specific types of testing, inspection, calibration, certification and other related activities. Refer to the accreditation body for the scope of accreditation of the CAB.

A CAB may not have accreditation for a specific conformity assessment. Whilst the lack of accreditation does not necessarily mean that a CAB is not competent to undertake conformity assessment, third-party accreditation is recognised around the world as the highest and most credible type a certification or inspection body can obtain.

Note that, for some standards, there may not be a test laboratory accredited to perform the conformity assessment.

See CAB Accreditation  for more information.

Authentication Status

“Sighted by NATSPEC” vs “Authenticated by CAB”

Sighted by NATSPEC” means a batch of certificates were received at the same time by the NCPR team. The authenticity of the batch was represented by a sample certificate which was drawn at random and sent to the issuing CAB for authenticity verification. Due to the resources required to verify every report with the issuing CAB, NATSPEC adopted the procedure to verify different standards, which represent different unique characteristics, of every unique product type, with the issuing CAB.

  • It is common that all types of conformity assessment, from the pre-market to the post-market testing, inspection, auditing and certification, involve sampling throughout the whole chain of quality surveillance. A sampled product, process, system or a service is verified at some point by the CAB to represent a consistent performance of the entire assessed batch. Typically, the sampled product, process, system or service may be used to “pass” or “fail” the entire batch.
  • The NCPR is for assistance, not assurance. The threshold at which product conformity/compliance is deemed to have been satisfied must be determined through a risk assessment process which considers the likelihood and consequence of product failure. “Sighted by NATSPEC” indicates that the manufacturer of the product has and can make available the cited evidence of conformity/compliance. Depending on the risk associated with using the product in a particular situation, application or project, a designer might or might not choose to further verify the certificate.
  • Currently, evidence of conformity/compliance is rarely checked by designers/consultants/contractors/builders. NATSPEC only lists products with copies of the original evidence of conformity/compliance submitted in full. At the point of submission, manufacturers are made aware that some certificates will be randomly drawn for authenticity verification, and the subsequent consequences of submitting false evidence. The fact that a manufacturer voluntarily demonstrates evidence of conformity/compliance for NATSPEC’s scrutiny, providing the product a point of differentiation in the marketplace. With a stringent authenticity verification procedure, the NCPR aims to reduce the probability of false evidence entering the Australian construction industry, to that end, raising the awareness of the importance of product conformity/compliance.