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NATA is independent of Government and operates under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commonwealth.

Accreditation determines the technical competence and integrity of organisations offering calibration, measurement, testing and inspection (collectively known as conformity assessment). In short, NATA ‘checks the checkers’.

Accreditation is increasingly being recognised as a valuable tool across a wide range of Government policy areas including deregulation, good governance, fair markets and public confidence. It is already being used by Government as an effective market-led tool for delivering policy more efficiently and to help deliver on its obligations in areas as diverse as healthcare, food production and energy supply. NATA has a major impact on the Australian economy and supports international trade. Many forms of accredited conformity assessment support Government policy.

For example:

  • NATA accreditation provides confidence in the testing carried out on food, drinking water and asbestos samples;
  • NATA accredited inspection provides reassurance of the safety of industrial machinery and pressurised equipment.

NATA accreditation is an on-going business process to establish that a conformity assessment body is:

  • impartial;
  • technically competent;
  • appropriately resourced;
  • performing to the required standard; and
  • performing to a standard that is sustainable.

NATA accreditation offers a single, transparent and repeatable approach applicable to all forms of conformity assessment that:

  • provides the assurance for Government to rely on commercial providers of calibration, measurement, testing and inspection services;
  • builds business and consumer confidence;
  • is voluntarily embraced by business and other service providers;
  • enables innovation in the private and public sectors;
  • reduces the need for central and local government to employ its own specialist assessment personnel;
  • provides an alternative to Regulation whilst ensuring the reliability of activities that have the potential to impact on public confidence, health and safety or the environment; and
  • reduces the need for legislation.

If you are responsible for setting or delivering policies that involve any form of independent evaluation, NATA can help in a number of ways including defining your needs or designing an assessment or accreditation service to suit your policy requirements.

For further information about how accreditation can support public policy objectives please contact John Mitchell, Manager Government Relations, Telephone +61 (03)9274 8200 Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Refer to A Guide to Using NATA Accreditation in Legislation, prepared for Government, which explains, with examples, how accreditation can be used as an effective, market-led tool for the efficient delivery of public policy.

Several Industry Guides have also been developed for specific industry sectors and additional ones are planned.

Briefing for Government
Policy makers can visit the Public Sector Assurance website to see how Government departments in other countries are using standards and accreditation in key policy areas. This is backed up with independent research and supporting information to confirm this success.