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. 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 www.aplaustralia.com.au NATA 15393
ACO Polycrete Pty Ltd www.acoaus.com.au NATA 15193
Acoustic Logic Consultancy Pty Ltd www.acousticlogic.com.au N/A N/A
Air Quality Sciences, Inc. (AQS) www.aqs.com ANSI 0198
Aluminium Specialities Group Pty Ltd www.alspec.com.au NATA 15657
Applied Acoustics Laboratory, RMIT University, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering www.rmit.edu.au NATA (Withdrawn) N/A
Applus+ Laboratories (LGAI Technological Center S.A.) www.appluslaboratories.com ENAC 0370
ATTAR, Advanced Technology Testing and Research www.attar.com.au NATA 2735
Australian Certification Services Pty Ltd www.certificationservices.com.au JAS-ANZ N/A
Australian Hearing National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) www.nal.gov.au NATA (Withdrawn) 5472 (Withdrawn)
Australian Paint Approval Scheme (APAS) www.apas.gov.au N/A N/A
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.awtaproducttesting.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.cambridgematerials.com SCC 59
Centre for Window and Cladding Technology (CWCT) www.cwct.co.uk N/A N/A
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, Acoustics Testing Laboratory www.csiro.au N/A N/A
CSIRO Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Fire Technology Laboratory www.csiro.au NATA 165
CSIRO Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Highett www.csiro.au N/A N/A
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
Day Design Pty Ltd www.daydesign.com.au N/A N/A
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
EngTest ecms.adelaide.edu.au N/A N/A
Eurofins ams Laboratories Pty Ltd www.eurofins.com.au NATA 15773
Eurofins Product Testing A/S www.eurofins.com/Galten DANAK 522
Exova Canada, Inc., Mississauga Laboratory www.exova.com IAS TL-407
Exova Warringtonfire Aus Pty Ltd www.exova.com NATA 3277
Exova-BM Trada www.exovabmtrada.com UKAS 012
FERMAX ELECTRÓNICA S.A.U. www.fermax.com N/A N/A
FIW München www.fiw-muenchen.de Dakks D-PL-14116-01-00
FM Approval www.fmapprovals.com IAS TL-221

Fraunhofer IBP

Foray Laboratories Pty Ltd (CETEC)

www.ibp.fraunhofer.de

www.cetec.com.au

DAkkS

NATA

D-PL-11140-11-04

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
Marshall Day Acoustics Pty Ltd au.marshallday.com N/A N/A
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
PKA Acoustic consulting pka.com.au N/A N/A
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.scsglobalservices.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
Stork Technimet, Inc. www.stork.com N/A N/A
Structural Laboratory, Discipline of Civil, Surveying and Environmental Engineering, The University of Newcastle www.newcastle.edu.au N/A N/A
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
The Glued Laminated Timber Association of Australia (GLTAA) www.gltaa.com.au N/A N/A
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 NATSPCE’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.
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