Expression of interest to join the Animal Health Accreditation Advisory Committee

14 November 2019

The Animal Health Accreditation Advisory Committee (AHAAC) advises NATA on technical issues related to animal health testing in the areas of anatomical pathology (including aquatic animal health), clinical biochemistry, microbiology, parasitology, molecular diagnostics and bioinformatics.

The position is honorary with the term of appointment being five years.  Reappointment may be possible following the initial term.

The Committee convenes at 12 to 24 month intervals with NATA meeting all costs for travel and accommodation.  It is expected that Committee members make themselves available to attend all meetings in person.

Committee members are appointed for their knowledge and technical expertise.  The duties of a Committee member include:

  • Review of NATA’s Technical Criteria applicable to the Animal Health Sector;
  • Review of assessment reports for applicant and accredited facilities, where required;
  • Provision of advice on technical issues arising from assessment activity; and
  • Review and approval of the appointment of technical assessors

Further information about the role of the AAC, Chair and Members can be obtained from the Technical Committees page.

The AHAAC is currently seeking expressions of interest to join the Committee from persons qualified and experienced in the following disciplines:

  • Aquatic Animal Health;
  • Clinical Biochemistry.

Applicants must:

Hold a degree in a relevant subject applicable to the area of expertise and have a minimum of 10 years practical experience;
Be familiar with NATA’s accreditation requirements through either practical experience in an accredited facility or experience as a NATA technical assessor;
Be committed to NATA and the accreditation process;
Be committed to abide by NATA’s policies, including the need to maintain confidentiality, be objective, act impartially and to declare any conflicts of interest; and
Prepare for and attend AAC meetings and provide written reports on activities related to their specific discipline.

It is also desirable that applicants can demonstrate experience in the following areas:

Publications and/or presentations related to the relevant discipline(s);
Awareness of regulators and industry associations;
Membership of and active participation in the activities of professional societies and industry groups;
Awareness of international activities related to the undertakings of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and Australia’s biosecurity arrangements related to the maintenance of ‘disease-free statuses’;
Awareness of international activities including standards development.

Expressions of interest comprising of a covering letter detailing why you wish to join the Committee, addressing the requirements/attributes detailed above, and a current resume should be forwarded to the Sector Manager - Life Sciences, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applications will close on 11 December 2019 and will be considered by the current AHAAC Members.

Final approval of AAC membership rests with the NATA Board.