CMI is pleased to advise that the suspension of our
accreditation has been lifted by JAS-ANZ and that we are once again able to offer
our full range of services.
The lifting of our suspension comes with several conditions
placed on CMI by JAS-ANZ. CMI has agreed to these conditions and moving forward
we will strive to meet these requirements.
One of these conditions will be JAS-ANZ conducting random technical
oversite of new certifications issued by CMI on a 3 monthly cycle, as well as
reviewing, at random, existing certifications. CMI sees this as a positive
initiative and is happy to work with JAS-ANZ in this way moving forward.
As part of its process for reviewing CMI’s policy and
procedures during the suspension period, JAS-ANZ conducted a comprehensive on
site 3 day audit of CMI. The audit included JAS-ANZ having their Building Code
of Australia Expert in attendance for the 3 days which was a very enlightening
A number of very important changes to CMI’s Policy’s & procedures
were agreed upon during the audit which will strengthen the procedures already
in place. Consequently, a number of New Policies and Procedures have also been
Moving forward, any such changes or additions to our
policy’s and procedures which affect your certification, will be notified to
you during your next scheduled surveillance or Certification activity where you
will transition across to CMIs updated documentation, as advised to you
previously in CMIs Advisory Notice 08/2019.
Construction site audits
One area that was identified as requiring greater attention
was the need for ongoing construction site audit. In particular these are of
vital importance for systems that are “Manufactured on site”. By
Construction Site Audits we refer to a product or system that is installed
on-site and relies on other components to achieve the tested specifications
cited on the Certificate of Conformity.
CMI has now put together a Protocol for the determination of
Construction Site Audits which confirms it is a requirement that any system
which relies on an installation method, that incorporates the application of
certain materials to a specific brand, composition, thickness, density/weight
et cetera, to achieve tested compliance parameters, requires onsite
verification of the installation methodology.
Further to this, the Unrestricted Building Certifier (UBC)
and CMI are required to consider the following criteria, at the Evaluation
Planning stage, when making a determination on the requirement for a
Construction Site Audit.
It should be
noted that one or a combination of the following may trigger the requirement
for this audit:
Whether the product is applied onsite. If
Yes, this will require a site audit.
The risk assessment conducted by CMI at the Application Review stage
to determine the ongoing Audit Schedule
The complexity of product’s installation
and the skill levels required indicate specialised trade skills
Declaration of product Compliance
CMI has recently advised all of its clients for the need to
supply declarations of compliance. Unfortunately, some of the responses we have
received have been unacceptable. Declarations of compliance are much more than
a letter stating the product complies. As advised in our recent notice 08/2009
there are 3 categories of Certificate Holder;
Each of these categories has different requirements in
relation to the products they provide into the marketplace. CMI has prepared a
template and will make this available upon request. It is important to note
that if your system relies on other components from achieve its compliance, its
your responsibility to obtain declarations of compliance from the various
manufacturers. This can be done by obtaining specific sheets from the
As a result of the suspension and working with JAS-ANZ on
areas that required revision and improvement, CMI are sure that our procedures
moving forward, will be more robust and better able to inspire confidence in
CMI would like to thank its valued clients for the
tremendous amount of support received during the period of suspension, and
thank you all for your patience.
Previous updates – https://certmark.org/articles/2019/07/important-notice/