Technical Assessors News November 2015
In this Issue:
- NATA Annual General Meeting and Annual Report 2015
- New online Technical Assessor training tool
- Second stage of Aged Standards Review
- Social Media
- Technical Assessors’ Trip to Gallipoli
- NATA Office Closures over the Christmas and New Year Period
Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on 14th October, 2015 at NATA’s Sydney Office.
Thank you to all the members who attended the meeting.
Technical Assessors and their companies provide NATA with their time to allow the National Laboratory Accreditation scheme to operate. NATA provides face-to-face training, on its accreditation process and the role of the Technical Assessor, at sites around Australia via the Technical Assessor Development Program (TADP). The training of Assessors is an essential part of any laboratory accreditation program.
For those Technical Assessors who are in remote locations in Australia, or are overseas, NATA has provided an e-Learning alternative to the face-to-face training.
NATA has been working on the development of a webinar style training tool to replace the current e-Learning program. The webinar approach will allow more interaction with the NATA trainers in a time effective manner.
The content of this webinar is based on the Assessor Information Guide (AIG) which is provided to all Technical Assessors in the Assessor Resource Kit when they join the body of NATA Assessors. We aim to present this content via two webinars held on one day - am and pm. Part A would be approximately 1 ½ hours in length and Part B would be approximately ¾ hour in length. So although an Assessor will need to put aside a day for this training they do not need to leave the facility and will have time to catch up on other matters in between the two sessions.
To be considered to be a trained Technical Assessor both sections of the training will need to be completed.
It is also hoped that this webinar training will allow current Technical Assessors, who attended a training course many years ago, to register for a refresher course.
We will advise you when this program is ready for registration and those Assessors in remote location who are untrained will receive an invitation to register from the NATA Training Services Group. This will occur in 2016.
Professional Development Manager
Standards Australia has advised that it is currently in the second stage of the Aged Standards Review and is seeking the views of the general public, nominating organisations and a broad range of stakeholders about all aged standards that do not fall within the area of oversight of any active technical committee.
Australian Standards which have not been revised for more than 10 years, are not referenced in regulation and do not fall within the area of oversight of any active committee are being proposed to be withdrawn after a period of public consultation. There will be a consultation period on the list of Australian Standards proposed for withdrawal, which is released in batches and by sector.
The consultation period for the Manufacturing and Processing Sector is now open and will end on 15 January 2016.
Please be advised that the status of ‘withdrawn’ indicates that a publication is not up-to-date technically; no longer reflects current practice; is not suitable for new and existing applications; or is not compatible with current national views and expectations.
It is still possible, however, for a withdrawn standard or publication to be used within an industry, community or by a government if they choose to do so. One reason for this may be because there are no replacement technical documents readily available.
Please note that the date of issue of a standard is not usually included by NATA on a facility's Scope of Accreditation unless for regulatory requirements or (for valid contractual reasons) the facility is accredited for a superseded edition.
The NATA Executive examined social media as a communication channel that could enhance communication with members and stakeholders. It was decided that the social media channels most important to NATA in a corporate sense are Facebook, Twitter and Wikipedia. Other existing channels can also become more applicable to NATA over time.
We encourage members to ‘like’ our Facebook page and to ‘Follow’ us on Twitter to receive the latest news, accreditation updates and much more.
Our account details are:
Account details: National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia
Account details: NATAAUS
In April 2015, national ballot winners Lou Carro and Jamie Hislop travelled to Gallipoli to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli. Lou and Jamie previously served for Australia.
Lou and Jamie at Lone Pine Ceremony, Gallipoli
NATA’s offices will close during the Christmas and New Year period. All offices will close officially at 3.00 pm on Thursday, 24 December 2015 and re-open on Monday, 4 January 2016.
NATA would like to warmly thank the Technical Assessors for their efforts, support and professionalism throughout the year. We look forward to working with you all in 2016.