2020 Audits – COVID-19 Update – Important Notice


CMI has received provisional approval from JAS-ANZ to remotely undertake audits that are currently affected by travel restrictions and lockdowns not only in Australia but on a global basis due to the COVID-19 Virus.

CMI will be undertaking these remote audits using the IAF mandatory standard MD 4:2018 Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Auditing/Assessment Purposes.

CMI will be contacting clients who have upcoming 2020 audits to organise your remote ICT audit.

CMI is seeking our client’s assistance in facilitating this ICT remote audit when we contact you. This will ensure that we can complete your 2020 audit within the required regulatory time frames so that we do not have to place your certification in suspension due to it not being completed.

There would be limited grounds to request a postponement of this ICT audit such as:

  • The manufacturing facility being audited has suspended/stood down all production and has temporarily shut down.
  • The client’s certification staff have been temporarily suspended/stood down and the client is not operating.

In such cases, can you please advise CMI of such situations and an expected resumption date if known. This information is important as CMI may need to place a client’s certification into suspension in such cases during this period. Once the manufacturing facility and client’s certification staff have returned to normal operations, CMI will not be able to lift the suspension until the required ICT audit or actual onsite audit are completed.

ICT remote audits are a positive way for a client to maintain their product certification without the need for an actual onsite audit being carried out due to the impact of the COVID-19 Virus.
Where onsite audits can still occur normally, CMI will also be contacting our clients to organise these onsite audits.

If you have any questions regarding this notice, please contact CMI at: surveillance@certmark.org
CMI remain committed to offering the best possible service to our clients and remain positive in our outlook for the future.


WaterMark: Adoption of AS/NZS 2280:2020

Please note the following applicable specification has been adopted into the WaterMark Certification Scheme:

Adopted applicable specification Replacing
AS/NZS 2280:2020 – Ductile iron pipes and fittingsAS/NZS 2280:2014 – Ductile iron pipes and fittings

The adopted applicable specification has been listed in the WaterMark Product Database and will be referenced in the next publication of the WaterMark Schedule of Products.

As per 8.7.2 of the WaterMark Manual. The following will need to be undertaken to maintain compliance.
8.7.2 –
When there has been a change in the applicable specification, the Approved Certifier shall advise the Approved User of this change. It is the Approved User’s responsibility to renew certification of their product and ensure that products are manufactured to comply with all amendments to the applicable specifications referred to in the WMSP (WaterMark Schedule of Products). Modifications shall be completed within a period of 12 months from the date of listing of the applicable specification on the WMSP. This period may be extended in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Administering Body.

NCC 2019 Amendment 1 preview released

Please See the following Statement from the ABCB regarding the up coming NCC amendment.

Access the preview of the out-of-cycle amendment for NCC 2019.

In preparation for the expected adoption of the National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 Amendment 1 by all States and Territories from 1 July 2020, the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has released a preview of the Amendment.

NCC 2019 Amendment 1 will include:

  • a new provision in NCC Volume One regarding egress from early childhood centres;
  • an update to the Governing Requirements for all Volumes to require labelling of aluminium composite panels in accordance with SA Technical Specification 5344;
  • clarification of the concession in NCC Volume One that permits the use of timber framing for low-rise Class 2 and 3 buildings;
  • clarification in NCC Volume Two that anti-ponding board requirements only apply to roofs where sarking is installed; and
  • correction of minor errors.

In addition to the above, the NCC 2019 Amendment 1 preview also contains the following proposed changes that are yet to be confirmed:

  • a new defined term, building complexity, that may be used in the future to identify buildings for which additional oversight is appropriate; and
  • a new provision to require that a process be followed to improve the quality of, and documentation for, Performance Solutions.

NCC 2019 Amendment 1 can be viewed or downloaded from the NCC Suite, or you can download the summary and instructions for all Volumes from the ABCB Resource Library.

Risk Assessment Notification – 2020/R55

R55 – Risk Assessment commercial pot washing machine.pdf


Product Assessed: – Commercial pot washing machine

Assessment
The WaterMark Administration advises it has reviewed a risk assessment submitted for the above mentioned product. The function of this product is to wash commercial cooking pots.
The WaterMark Administration verifies that the risk assessment for the commercial pot washing machine 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 or 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.
The WaterMark Schedule of Products will now be revised to reflect the most appropriate specification for these products. Approved WaterMark Conformity Assessment Bodies will be required to evaluate these products in accordance with the Scheme Rules to the listed specification.
Issued
18 March 2020.

Important Notice – AS/NZS 4130 Polyethylene (PE) pipes for pressure applications – January 2020 (update)

This is a follow up to post https://certmark.org/articles/2020/03/important-notice-as-nzs-4130-polyethylene-pe-pipes-for-pressure-applications-january-2020/

The WSAA Codes and Appraisals Group have met and included within their Agenda was a joint meeting with Mark Heathcote from PIPA to discuss the status and feedback relating to the recently introduced WSAA specification amendments to BRT procedures for AS/NZS 4130 PE pipe production. 

The outcome was that WSAA’s specifications were amended to extend the maximum frequency for OIT testing from 12 hours to 24 hours.

The revised Clause in WS PS 207 and WS PS 215 is now:

Clause 2 (c)

The manufacturer’s quality plan shall include within their  batch release test procedures a thermal stability test to ISO 11357-6 to be completed on a sample taken from the inside surface of the first pipe manufactured in a batch of a particular DN and PN and at an ongoing frequency not exceeding 24 hours of production for that pipe batch or when a new raw material compound is introduced.

Updated versions of the specifications can be accessed at: https://www.wsaa.asn.au/shop/product/35716    

WaterMark: Adoption of AS 3498:2020

Please note the following applicable specification has been adopted into the WaterMark Certification Scheme:

Adopted applicable specification Replacing
AS 3498:2020 – Safety and public health requirements for plumbing products – Water heaters and hot-water storage tanksAS 3498:2009 – Authorization requirements for plumbing products – Water heaters and hot-water storage tanks

The adopted applicable specification has been listed in the WaterMark Product Database and will be referenced in the next publication of the WaterMark Schedule of Products.

As per 8.7.2 of the WaterMark Manual. The following will need to be undertaken to maintain compliance.
8.7.2 –
When there has been a change in the applicable specification, the Approved Certifier shall advise the Approved User of this change. It is the Approved User’s responsibility to renew certification of their product and ensure that products are manufactured to comply with all amendments to the applicable specifications referred to in the WMSP (WaterMark Schedule of Products). Modifications shall be completed within a period of 12 months from the date of listing of the applicable specification on the WMSP. This period may be extended in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Administering Body.

Risk Assessment Notification – 2020/R50

R50 – Risk Assessment Notice – Retrofit sub meter (V2).pdf


Product Assessed: – Retrofit Sub Meter

Assessment
The WaterMark Administration advises it has reviewed a risk assessment submitted for the above mentioned product. The product is a retrofit sub meter with integral shut off valve for installation into the existing property service valve.
The WaterMark Administration verifies that the risk assessment for the retrofit sub meter has identified risks requiring mitigation through the WaterMark Certification Scheme.
Outcome
The Risk Assessment identified the overall risk rating being high 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 high 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.
Issued
2 March 2020 (V2).

Risk Assessment Notification – 2020/R41

R41 – Risk Assessment Notice Heated and cold water piping systems.pdf


Product Assessed: – Heated and cold water piping systems (PE-RT)

Assessment
The WaterMark Administration advises it has reviewed a risk assessment submitted for the above mentioned product. The product is polyethylene of raised temperature resistance (PE-RT) pipe and fittings
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 or wastage of water 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.
The ABCB believes that given the current issues with certain plastic type piping and fittings that Standards Australia Committee (PL006) undertake a new project to develop an appropriate specification. By Standards Australia undertaking this project it would be in keeping with the precedence already set with multi-layer pipes (AS4176) and PE-X fittings (AS/NZS 2537).
In developing a product specification published by a third party standards writing body Approved WaterMark Conformity Assessment Bodies shall undertake this procedure in accordance with the Manual for the WaterMark Certification, Appendix 4, Section 1.
Issued
26 February 2020

Risk Assessment Notification – 2020/R44

R44 – Risk Assessment Notice Bakery Doser.pdf


Product Assessed: – Bakery doser mixer

Assessment
The WaterMark Administration advises it has reviewed a risk assessment submitted for the above mentioned product. The function of this product is to dose a specific volume and temperature of water in commercial bakery applications.
The WaterMark Administration verifies that the risk assessment for the bakery doser mixer 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 or 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.
The WaterMark Schedule of Products will now be revised to reflect the most appropriate specification for these products. Approved WaterMark Conformity Assessment Bodies will be required to evaluate these products in accordance with the Scheme Rules to the listed specification.
Issued
26 February 2020.