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NATA is a government-endorsed, independent, not-for-profit company, operating as an association owned by its members. All NATA-accredited organisations are members of the Association. (NATA works closely with government and regulators to ensure that the standards are maintained.)

NATA is governed by a Board of Directors, drawn from its members and Stakeholders, that is responsible for overseeing all of the Association's activities. The Board is supported in the day-to- day running of the company's activities by an Executive drawn from senior NATA staff.

The Board receives technical advice from specialist technical committees that it appoints, referred to as Accreditation Advisory Committees (AACs).

NATA has a number of AACs to cover all conformity assessment activities provided by accredited facilities. AAC members are drawn from industry, government, professional bodies, academia and accredited facilities.

NATA’s professional status and expertise is underpinned by the specialist knowledge of its staff based around Australia in most Australian capital cities. NATA's staff are committed to providing a quality service to our clients and for the public good.

NATA is able to call on a resource pool of independent technical assessors who provide specific technical expertise and insight to complement the permanent staff. The technical assessors are specialists within their own disciplines who volunteer their time in evaluating the technical competence of facilities and as members of NATA's various technical committees.

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Accreditation operates within an international system and Australia has signed a number of agreements which help to lower barriers to trade by ensuring international acceptance of reports issued by NATA accredited facilities. 

NATA's competence as an accreditation provider is regularly evaluated by International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC) for continued inclusion in Mutual Recognition Arrangements. Evaluation teams comprise individuals from accreditation bodies in Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region. This ensures NATA's operations remain consistent with international practices. (NATA similarly participates in evaluations of its mutual recognition partners).

Domestically, NATA has signed agreements (Memoranda of Understanding and/or Deeds of Agreement) with some government agencies having specific requirements for NATA accreditation. These agreements provide the basis for a strengthened and ongoing relationship with the relevant agencies, and provide a formalised mechanism to facilitate the exchange of information which may otherwise be privileged and confidential. Many of the current agreements also provide for the exchange of high level strategic information to ensure the availability of accredited infrastructure to meet current and emerging needs.

In accordance with the Association’s objectives, as described in the Constitution, NATA has established a permanent forum of elected members’ representatives to act as a conduit between NATA’s Executive Management and members.