A new look for NCC 2022

Please see the following statement from the ABCB

As part of the Australian Building Codes Board’s (ABCB) commitment to delivering a National Construction Code (NCC) that is user-friendly and modern, important changes are being implemented for the 2022 edition of the code.

In moving from what was historically a print-based publication, to what will become an innovative and agile digital product, the next phase of improvements are primarily to the code’s structure and format. These improvements are being implemented following considerable analysis, research and consultation with key industry groups, and do not change the intent of the code in any way.

The changes form part of the ABCB’s overall long-term strategy to improve useability of the code, and have been designed with NCC users in mind. This needs to have regard to those who are relatively new to the industry and becoming familiar with the NCC as a technical regulatory instrument, those who are using it in their studies and will therefore be future users of the product, as well as those who have been in the business for some time and are therefore familiar with how things have been done up to this point.

To guide users through the changes, the ABCB has developed a range of supporting material, which will be released in stages leading up to the release of the NCC 2022 Public Comment Draft (PCD) on 10 May 2021.

The first stage of supporting materials are being released (see below), which cover NCC 2022’s:

These changes are essential to ensure the NCC:

  • Is easily digested and comprehended by users, encouraging greater adoption across industry. Higher rates of use and comprehension will help lift compliance and improve building outcomes.
  • Can be converted into a range of digital formats, enabling features such as personalised filtering of content.
  • Encourages digital innovation such as integration with commonly used industry software and digital systems.
  • Facilitates contemporary education and training opportunities, incentivising new entrants to the building and plumbing industries to familiarise themselves with the NCC.

What will result is an NCC that is more usable and accessible to as many practitioners as possible, knowing that it will require some adjustment for those who have used it in its current form for many years.

The ABCB will be releasing a range of supporting material and useful resources prior to the NCC 2022 PCD. To ensure that you are kept up to date with these important changes please ensure you are subscribed to ‘ABCB Connect’ in your NCC profile.

https://www.abcb.gov.au/Connect

Technical Resource – Product Certification – External Contract Resource

CertMark International (CMI) is looking for an experienced person to provide Technical Review Services as an External Contract Resource covering our Product Certification Scheme for Product compliance to relevant Australian (AS or AS/NZS), New Zealand (NZS), NFPA & ISO Standards.

CMI is accredited by JAS-ANZ to provide Product Certification Services to specific Standards and we need an additional Technical Expert who can join our Team as an External Contracted Resource.

The position will involve the review of a Clients Product Technical Data and Test Reports against:

  • Relevant Australian, New Zealand, NFPA or ISO Standards
  • CertMark International Product Certification Scheme Manual, Procedures & Processes
  • ISO/IEC 17065:2012(R2018)
  • ISO 10005:2018

The position will provide additional contracted resource capabilities on an as required basis to meet CMI’s growing Client base.

This is an ideal position which allows you flexibility to work from your home, office or other remote locations. You can still have your other work or business interests and undertake this work for CMI outside of those hours.

CMI will need you to supply the following information:

  • Current CV detailing your work, experience and qualifications with particular emphasis in the areas that we are seeking such as Building Products / Fire System Products / Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) / Safety Products
  • Additional information regarding your specific knowledge and understanding of the any of the areas above.

If you are successful will need the following:

  • Australian Drivers Licence
  • As a minimum hold an Australian Sole Trader ABN

For more information on the CertMark Product Certification scheme see https://certmark.org/scheme-certmark-product-certificate/

If you have these skill sets and would like to be involved in the exciting area of providing Product Certification Services please send your information to office@certmark.org

Technical Resource – Plumbing & WaterMark Products – External Contract Resource

CertMark International (CMI) is looking for an experienced person to provide Technical Review Services as an External Contract Resource covering Plumbing & WaterMark products for compliance to the Plumbing Code of Australia and relevant Australian Standards.

CMI is accredited by JAS-ANZ to certify Plumbing Products to specific Australian Standards and also the WaterMark Scheme in accordance with the Plumbing Code of Australia and we need an additional Plumbing Technical Expert who can join our Team as an External Contracted Resource.

The position will involve the review of a Clients Product Technical Data and Test Reports against:

  • Relevant Australian Standards
  • WaterMark Scheme Rules
  • WaterMark Technical Specifications (WMTS)
  • WaterMark Schedule of Products
  • WaterMark Risk Assessments
  • 2019 (Amdt 1) National Construction Code (NCC) Volume 3 – Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA)
  • CertMark International WaterMark Scheme Manual, Procedures & Processes
  • ISO/IEC 17065:2012(R2018)
  • ISO 10005:2018

The position will provide additional contracted resource capabilities on an as required basis to meet CMI’s growing Client base.

This is an ideal position which allows you flexibility to work from your home, office or other remote locations. You can still have your other work or business interests and undertake this work for CMI outside of those hours.

CMI will need you to supply the following information:

  • Current CV detailing your work, experience and qualifications with particular emphasis in the area of Plumbing Products.
  • Additional information regarding your knowledge and understanding of the WaterMark Scheme and the Plumbing Code of Australia

If you are successful will need the following:

  • Australian Drivers Licence
  • As a minimum hold an Australian Sole Trader ABN

For more information on the WaterMark scheme see: https://certmark.org/scheme-watermark-certificate/
If you have these skill sets and would like to be involved in the exciting area of certifying Plumbing Products please send your information to office@certmark.org

Risk Assessment Notification – 2020/R67

R67 – RA Notice Fixture connector adaptor.pdf


Product Assessed: Fixture Connector Adaptor

Assessment
The WaterMark Administration advises it has reviewed a risk assessment submitted for the above mentioned product.
The WaterMark Administration verifies that the risk assessment for this product has identified risks requiring mitigation through the WaterMark Certification Scheme.

Outcome
The Risk Assessment identified the overall risk rating being medium for the nominated economic consequences incidences. In accordance with the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme, Appendix 3, Table D, any product with an overall risk rating of medium requires WaterMark Certification.
Approved WaterMark Conformity Assessment Bodies will now need to evaluate these products to the most applicable specification. If the identified risks are unable to be satisfactorily addressed through an existing Specification, then a new, or amended Specification shall be proposed. A submission to the ABCB shall be undertaken in accordance with the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme, Appendix 4, Protocol for Developing Product Specifications.
Upon receipt of the proposed nominated Specification the WaterMark Administration will review and verify the proposed nomination which shall include a public consultation period as outlined in clauses 1.7.2 and 2.7.2 of the Protocol for Developing Product Specifications.

Issued
16 November 2020.

CMI Advisory Notice: 11/2020

Scheme and JAS-ANZ Logo Usage –Terms & Conditions & CMI Style Guide

CMI have now updated our Terms & Conditions. The current Terms & Conditions, dated 05/11/2020, version 4, now specifies the requirement to comply with CMIs Style Guide.

The Style Guide details the requirements for logo usage under the WaterMark, Product Certification and CodeMark Schemes. Included in this update are the requirements for usage of the JAS-ANZ logo. All clients are asked to read and understand the CMI Style Guide and current Terms & Conditions and make any necessary adjustments to their logo usage if required.

Client’s onsite audits will continue to verify correct logo usage and any identified issues will be raised as Non-Conformities for rectification within a set timeframe.

Please contact our office immediately if any clarification is required on the above or you are unable to view the relevant documents on our website:

CertMark International
P: +61 (07) 5445 2199

E: office@certmark.org
W: www.CertMark.org

2020-11-11-CMI_Advisory_Notice_11-2020-Update_to_T&Cs-Logo_Usage.pdf

Risk Assessment Notification – 2020/R62

R62 – RA Notice Pedicure Foot Spa.pdf


Product Assessed: Pedicure Foot Spa

Assessment
The WaterMark Administration advises it has reviewed a risk assessment submitted for the above mentioned product.

The WaterMark Administration verifies that the risk assessment for this product has identified risks requiring mitigation through the WaterMark Certification Scheme.

Outcome
The Risk Assessment identified the overall risk rating being medium for the nominated health and safety consequences incidences. In accordance with the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme, Appendix 3, Table D, any product with an overall risk rating of medium requires WaterMark Certification.

Approved WaterMark Conformity Assessment Bodies will now need to evaluate these products to the most applicable specification. If the identified risks are unable to be satisfactorily addressed through an existing Specification, then a new, or amended Specification shall be proposed. A submission to the ABCB shall be undertaken in accordance with the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme, Appendix 4, Protocol for Developing Product Specifications.

Upon receipt of the proposed nominated Specification the WaterMark Administration will review and verify the proposed nomination which shall include a public consultation period as outlined in clauses 1.7.2 and 2.7.2 of the Protocol for Developing Product Specifications.

Issued
11 November 2020.

Risk Assessment Notification – 2020/R68

R68 – RA Notice stainless steel pipes and fittings greater than 160mm OD.pdf


Product Assessed: -Stainless Steel Pipes and Fittings greater than 160mm OD for non-pressure application

Assessment
The WaterMark Administration advises it has reviewed a risk assessment submitted for the above mentioned product.
Currently, sizes up to 160mm OD are included in the WaterMark Certification Scheme with the applicable specification for evaluation being AS 3495.
However, the risk assessment reviewed by the WaterMark Administration caters for stainless steel pipes and fittings of nominal outside diameter greater than 160mm (200mm 250mm 315mmOD), in grade 304 or 316 stainless steel, with socketed joint and included elastomeric seal.
The WaterMark Administration verifies that the risk assessment for this product has identified risks requiring mitigation through the WaterMark Certification Scheme.

Outcome
The Risk Assessment identified the overall risk rating being medium for the nominated health and safety, economic and water wastage consequences incidences. In accordance with the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme, Appendix 3, Table D, any product with an overall risk rating of medium requires WaterMark Certification.
Approved WaterMark Conformity Assessment Bodies will now need to evaluate these products to the most applicable specification. If the identified risks are unable to be satisfactorily addressed through an existing Specification, then a new, or amended Specification shall be proposed. A submission to the ABCB shall be undertaken in accordance with the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme, Appendix 4, Protocol for Developing Product Specifications.

Upon receipt of the proposed nominated Specification the WaterMark Administration will review and verify the proposed nomination which shall include a public consultation period as outlined in clauses 1.7.2 and 2.7.2 of the Protocol for Developing Product Specifications.

Issued
3 November 2020

Assisting the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in Australia

Assisting the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in Australia

CertMark International (CMI) an Australian based Certification Body is at the forefront in assisting Australian Manufacturers to certify Respiratory compliant Australian Standards compliant Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).

With the devastating effects of Covid-19 still ravaging the world the need for fully compliant locally Australian made and Australian tested AS/NZS 1716 P2 Respirators is of the upmost importance to ensure we have a locally based manufacturing supply chain for PPE.

CMI has just recently certified the Brisbane based IPKIS Medical (Evolve Group) as one of the first local Australian manufactures of P2 Respirators. The Evolve Group has worked closely with CMI through the certification processes involved for their new Australian established manufacturing site.

https://ipkismedical.com.au/products/ipkis-p2-respirator-face-mask

Specification Sheet

CMI is also currently assisting a number of other locally based Australian Respiratory PPE manufacture on certification of AS/NZS 1716 P2 Respirators and other vital PPE such as Single use face masks for use in health care to AS 4381 and combinations of both types of respirators to ensure the safety of those working on the front line of the fight against Covid-19.

CMI is guiding Manufacturers through the complex testing and certification processes for PPE so that we can deliver compliant PPE to the Australian community.

Contact CMI for further information at:

CertMark International
14 / 76 Wises Road, Buderim, QLD 4556

T: 1800 CERTMARK P: +61 (07) 5445 2199

E: office@certmark.org
W: www.CertMark.org

https://certmark.org/form-enquiry/

AS/NZS 4766:2020 Adoption

See below notice from the ABCB


Dear State and Territory Plumbing Administrations, WMCABs and JAS-ANZ,

The WaterMark Administration has recently adopted a new version of the following Australian/New Zealand Standard:-

AS/NZS 4766:2020 Rotationally moulded buried, partially buried and non-buried storage tanks for water and chemicals

The current 2006 version of this Specification is a listed WaterMark Specification and the ABCB wishes to inform you of the adoption of the 2020 version into the WaterMark Certification Scheme and subsequent listing onto the WaterMark Database. The existing listed 2006 version will remain on the WaterMark Database for 12 months from the date of this correspondence to provide sufficient time for products to be re-evaluated to the new 2020 version.

If you require any further clarification relating to this advice please do not hesitate to contact the WaterMark Administration.

Regards

WaterMark Administration Team
Australian Building Codes Board
GPO Box 2‌013 Canberra ACT 2601

Risk Assessment Notification – 2020/R66

R66 – RA Notice domestic clothes washer_dryer.pdf


Product Assessed: – Domestic clothes washer/dryer

Assessment
The Administering Body advises it has reviewed a risk assessment principles checklist submitted for the above mentioned product. The product is a free-standing appliance designed for domestic use.
The Administering Body verifies that the risk assessment principles checklist undertaken for this product type has identified risks that potentially require mitigation through the
WaterMark Certification Scheme.

Outcome
This product type does present a risk requiring mitigation through the WaterMark Certification Scheme, however, this would be a duplication of risk mitigation to the already recognised national electrical safety regulations.
The Administrating Body considers that the mandatory compliance to AS/NZS 60335.1, AS/NZS 60335.2.7 & AS/NZS 60335.2.11 through the WaterMark Certification Scheme.

Electrical Equipment Safety System
Registration satisfactorily mitigates the risks identified for this product type.
Therefore, this product type will now be listed on the WaterMark Schedule of Excluded Products, notwithstanding the need for this product type to be supported with evidence of suitability to be installed within a plumbing and drainage system in accordance with A5.6 (3) of the Plumbing Code of Australia. The option of evidence of suitability that will be listed on the Schedule will be compliance to AS/NZS 60335.1, AS/NZS 60335.2.7 & AS/NZS 60335.2.11.

Issued
15 September 2020