Important Notice Update

There has recently been some inaccurate reporting surrounding the reasons for the current suspension of CMI’s accreditation.

CMI has attempted to maintain some distance between it and the press however, in a couple of instances, we see that this has allowed some parties to provide their own ‘interpretation’ of the notices we have published on our website and issued to our valued clients. As a result of this, we have decided to provide clarity to a few of the salient points, where some creative licensing had been applied to them. So:

  1. JAS-ANZ identified some issues with CMIs internal documentation, which we have now addressed. JAS-ANZ is now booked in on the 13th of August to conduct an onsite review to verify the implementations of the changed documents.
  2. CMI did NOT base any ACP certifications on testing that was not valid. All four of the ACP certificates, revised and supplied to JAS-ANZ, were peer reviewed by JAS-ANZ’s experts and all were accepted. This includes a review of the Core Combustibility content of all four ACP. The point raised by JAS-ANZ was that the Core Combustibility content testing, conducted by the CSIRO and CETEC, was not covered in either labs accreditation. CMI advised JAS-ANZ that this testing was independent of the claims of compliance and WAS NOT relied upon for the revision and reissue of the four ACP Certifications; rather, it was used to determine the Core combustibility as required by the VBA.
  3. JAS-ANZ pointed out to CMI, that our own policy for accepting test reports did not cover the use of testing from Accredited Test Labs without the relevant testing under its scope of accreditation. Remedy requested by JAS-ANZ, CMI to revise our policy and procedure to cover this situation. This has been completed.
  4. Why did CMI opt to withdraw from the CodeMark Scheme in NZ? As stated previously, what it mainly came down to was the current uncertainty around the future of CodeMark in NZ, and the subsequent potential risk to our company and the Certificate Holders. CMI will await for either the revised Scheme or Scheme replacement before making a decision to apply to provide Product Certification into New Zealand under the Regulations again. As stated previously, CMI will continue issuing Evaluation Reports which can be used as evidence of conformity against either the NZBC and/or the BCA.

We trust that the above clarifies the situation and ask that any news outlet wishing to ‘quote’ CMI on any of the above, may also provide their readers with a link to this notice.

Kind Regards,

John Thorpe
Chief Executive

Previous updates – https://certmark.org/articles/2019/07/important-notice/

Important Notice

Update 24/07/2019 – Important Notice Update

Update 17/07/2019 – Please see the following link for the latest update. CMI Suspension Update 20190717.pdf

11/07/2019
To our valued clients,

Please be advised that CMI has, this morning, received a notification from JAS-ANZ of a temporary suspension in relation to several minor procedural matters that relate to ISO 17065. JAS-ANZ has provided CMI with a detailed list of six (6) actions to be undertaken in order to have the suspension lifted. CMI was surprised to receive this notification as we are audited regularly by JAS-ANZ, including repeated reviews of the six points raised. That said, we are confident that we can close out the non-conformities in a timely manner.

During this period, CMI will not be able to issue any new certifications. CMI will continue with all Surveillance activities for the Australian schemes; however, should the surveillance result in the recommendation to reissue the certificate, reissuance of the Certificate will not occur until the current matters are resolved. For clients waiting to progress to the 2019 building code under CodeMark Australia, your certification under BCA 2016 Amendment 1 remains valid during the 12 month transition period; however, it is at the discretion of the state or territory authority as to whether they will accept the current CodeMark. It should be noted that CodeMark is only one form of evidence of compliance with the BCA.

CMI wishes to assure all of our clients that current certificates in the marketplace are not affected by the suspension and that CMI will be working diligently to have the suspension lifted as soon as possible. In the interim, CMI will directing all of it resources to the rectification of these issues and ask for your patience during this time. CMI will provide a further update to our clients early next week and request that correspondence be limited to emergencies only. Anything urgent should be directed to office@certmark.org.

John Thorpe
CEO / Director

Press Release – Certificate Withdrawals

Update 04/03/2019:

Please see link below for response from the ABCB.

https://certmark.org/downloads/Supplementary Press Release – Certificate Withdrawals – 20190304.pdf

Update 28/02/2019:

Please note, CMI is currently liaising with the ABCB (the CodeMark Scheme Owners) regarding the status of completed and in progress projects and their reliance on the withdrawn certificates. CMI will update our press release as soon as possible and thank you for your patience.


Please see the following Press Release regarding the recent withdrawal of a number of CodeMark certificates for ACP and EPS products.

https://certmark.org/downloads/Supplementary Press Release – Certificate Withdrawals – 20190222.pdf

Withdrawn Certificates Update – 25/02/2019 https://certmark.org/articles/2019/02/withdrawn-certificates-update/

OZONE Panel Certificate Withdrawal

Please be advised that OZONE Panel has decided not to seek reissue of their CodeMark certificate CM40029.

Ozone panel have advised that the company is “currently not trading and is not selling any panels”.

Please note that the withdrawal of the CodeMark certificate does not impact on any installations of the product prior to the date of withdrawal 12th February 2019.

Withdrawn Certificates Update

Further to CertMark Internationals (CMI) notification of the withdrawal of 9 CodeMark Certificates last week, CMI wish to issue the following update.

  • Firstly; CMI wishes to advise that the withdrawal of the Certificates in no way implies that any of the products certified do not meet the requirements of the National Construction Code (NCC) as detailed on the certificates.
  • Secondly; all construction previously installed with a reliance on the Withdrawn certificates, prior to the date of withdrawal, is to be considered compliant with the requirements of the National Construction Code (NCC) as detailed on the certificates.

CMI is currently undertaking a review of the withdrawn certificates and expects the revised certificates to be lodged with JAS-ANZ for approval end of next week.

In several cases, the Certificate Holders have opted not to renew their certifications, as a result of having moved to replacement paneling systems.  In such cases, as detailed above, any construction previously installed with a reliance on the Withdrawn certificates, prior to the date of withdrawal, is to be considered compliant with the requirements of the National Construction Code (NCC) as detailed on the certificates.

Certificate Withdrawals

The following certificates were withdrawn on the date of 12/02/2019;

  • CM40029 – Ozone Panel building Systems
  • CM40066 – Alpolic A2
  • CM40067 – Alpolic FR
  • CM40076 – Ultrabond FR
  • CM40079 – Vitrabond FR
  • CM40082 – Dulux Exsulite Kooltherm Facade System
  • CM40093 – Larson FR
  • CM40138 – Dulux Exsulite Thermal Facade non-cavity system

Please refer to our Press release for further information regarding these.
https://certmark.org/articles/2019/02/press-release-certificate-withdrawals/

CertMark assisted study on MGO boards has been published by the Elsevier – Construction and Building Materials journal

A CertMark assisted study on MGO boards conducted by;
the a School of Science and Engineering, University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore, Qld 4556, Australia; and
College of Engineering, Information Technology and Environment, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT 0909, Australia,
has been published by the Elsevier – Construction and Building Materials journal.

Assessing variability in the hygrothermal performance of magnesium oxide (MgO) cladding products of the Australian market
Published 19 January 2019

a b s t r a c t
Magnesium oxide (MgO) boards are relatively new cladding materials on the Australian construction
market. They are chosen primarily for their fire resisting properties and are fast replacing traditional cladding
materials in newer buildings. Recent reports of water staining on MgO boards is thought to be due to
the effects of relative humidity promoting corrosion of metallic fasteners. Different commercially available
MgO board samples were investigated by following their behaviour in a controlled relative humidity
environment and when in contact with different metallic fasteners. It is observed that water absorption is
different for different products and that staining varied with the composition of the metallic fasteners.
Staining and water absorption was not a problem at a low relative humidity (RH) of 75% but was evident
at a high humidity of 97% for all but one of the MgO board samples. The concentration of chloride is implicated
and has its origin in the binder material. These results emphasise the need for standard characterisation
of commercially available MgO boards for their use in high humidity environments.
 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Full Report: Assessing_variability_in_the_hygrothermal_performance_of_magnesium.pdf

Changes being introduced in NCC 2019

 

The following notification has been provided by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) to assist in preparing the market for the introduction of the National Construction Code (NCC) 2019. Further information can be found at;

https://www.abcb.gov.au/Connect/Articles/2019/01/14/What-to-Expect-in-NCC-2019

Changes being introduced in NCC 2019 are almost here. As seen in the public comment draft released last year, there’s lots to take in! Read on to find out more about key changes, dates and what’s available to help you understand it.

What’s changed?

All Volumes

Performance

Quantifying many of the NCC Performance Requirements to provide more performance-based compliance options is a key feature of NCC 2019.  You’ll see more Performance Requirements quantified with the introduction of 20 new Verification Methods (VMs).

Readability

The ABCB’s readability project aims to improve the NCC requirements to be more readily understood. Introducing consistent NCC Governing Requirements is the first step of this major piece of work with all three Volumes of the NCC having the same requirements from 2019. Significant changes have also been made to the structure of NCC Volume Three, the Plumbing Code of Australia.

 

NCC Volumes One and Two

Safety

New VM for construction in bushfire-prone areas.

Health and amenity

New condensation management provisions.

Accessibility

New VMs for access to and from a building and for ramps.

Sustainability

New heating and cooling load limits for residential buildings using the NatHERS DTS compliance pathway.

NCC Volume One only

Safety

Fire sprinklers
New DTS Provisions for fire sprinkler systems, for apartment buildings and other residential buildings (i.e. Class 2 and 3 buildings) 4 storeys and above and up to 25 metres in effective height (generally those buildings 4 to 8 storeys).

Occupiable outdoor areas

New DTS Provisions clarifying requirements for occupiable outdoor areas, such as roof-top bars and cinemas.

Fire safety VM

A new, non-mandatory VM for fire safety introduced (NCC Schedule 7). This VM can be used for developing a Performance Solution for up to 24 Performance Requirements. Its adoption will be delayed until 1 May 2020 to allow time for training and support.

Sustainability

Energy efficiency
The commercial building energy efficiency requirements (i.e. Section J) are significantly changed, including new VMs for NABERS and Green Star. This change is subject to a 1 year transition period from 1 May 2019, during which time, either the NCC 2016 or NCC 2019 requirements may be used.

Accessibility

Accessible adult change facilities (AACF)

AACFs are sanitary facilities with additional features to assist people with more profound or complex disabilities who are unable to independently use standard accessible facilities. New requirements mean these facilities are required in certain new or redeveloped public buildings such as shopping centres, museums, theatres, sporting venues and airports.

NCC Volume Two only

New and improved acceptable construction practices (ACPs), including new ACPs for masonry and attachment of decks and balconies and improved ACPs for roof and wall cladding and fire safety.

NCC Volume Three only

New and consolidated requirements for heated water temperature control, cross-connection control and rainwater harvesting and use.

NCC 2019 Key Dates

Preview released NCC 2019 adopted Energy efficiency transition ends FSVM adopted
February 2019 1 May 2019 1 May 2020 1 May 2020

CMI signs formal cooperation agreement with Guocai Test and Certification Service Co.,Ltd

 

Two years ago CMI established formal relationships with the China Building Materials Federation (CBMF).

CMI visited the office of CBMF in Beijing  and was introduced, not only to the highly efficient and well qualified staff of CBMF, but also to a large number of high profile Chinese manufactures.

During this visit we were provided with the opportunity to meet with the China Standards office, at which time we discussed plans for the harmonisation of the Chinese Standards with International Standards as well as Australian and New Zealand Standards.

Further to this, CBMF made it possible for us to visit the CTC Test laboratories headquarters and discussed, at length, with CTC the testing requirements needed to meet Australian and New Zealand testing standards. We were very impressed with the desire expressed by both CBMF and CTC to ensure that building products and testing facility’s meet the requirement of the Australian and New Zealand Building code.

Over the past two years CMI has worked, on a regular basis with CBMF on providing assistance to Chinese manufacturers wishing to introduce their products into the Australian and New Zealand market place.

Recently CBMF has advised CMI that they are founding the Guocai Test and Certification Service Co.,Ltd. . Guocai is wholly owned by the China Building Materials Federation and consequently is under the direction of the government of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC).

Guocai Test and Certification Service Co.,Ltd. will be unique, in that it is the first time a government run building product testing and certification service has been established in the PRC.

The depth of concern expressed by Guocai in ensuring that only high quality, fit for purpose, building products are certified for export has led to CMI feeling great confidence in the future of this cooperative agreement.

Moving forward CMI and Guocai have set in place checks and balances that will ensure that any product that is certified through our Cooperation will meet the Building Code and be fit for purpose.

Further to this the establishment of ongoing monitoring of the manufactures in China by Guocai, and the extra annual surveillance and testing of certified product as required under the CodeMark and Watermark schemes by CMI, will give the market place confidence and peace of mind.

CMI look forward to growing this relationship with Guocai, and working with Manufactures in China and with the regulatory bodies in Australia and New Zealand to ensure that the products sold under our certification banner will be of a high quality and certified under a government regulated frame work that guarantees accountability and oversight.

CMI congratulate the China Building Materials Federation  for their foresight in the creation of Guocai. And congratulate the management and staff of Guocai for taking the initiative of travelling to Australia and New Zealand to meet with the relevant industry and Government bodies as a means of expanding their knowledge of the Code Compliance requirements in each country.

CMI Advisory Notice: Surveillances, Renewals & Multiple Product Certificates.

Advisory Notice
No. 01/2019

CMI Advisory Notice: Surveillances, Renewals & Multiple Product Certificates.

Subject: Surveillances and Renewals

Following the conclusion of 2018, CMI has conducted an internal review of the timeframes for notification, organisation and completion of Surveillance and Renewal Audits, which are a requirement of all CMI run schemes.

The outcome of this review determined that sufficient time has not been allocated to ensure the timely execution of the required procedures, which includes the close out of any Non-Conformities which could be the requirements for additional evidence to substantiate the clauses or standards listed on the Certificate of Conformity. Subsequently, CMI has produced, and published on our website, a Policy and Procedure relating to Surveillance and Renewal Audits, including the increase of notification time to our Clients from three months, to four months. CMI strongly recommends that this document be reviewed ASAP so that you are aware for your next upcoming audit. It is available here for your viewing, along with other public documents CMI publishes – https://certmark.org/documents/.

Subject: CMI Fee Structures

Further to CMIs published documents, CMI also publishes our fee structures to provide our clients with current certifications costs, inclusive of ongoing certification fees.

Please note, at present, these have been temporarily taken down for review and will be back up on our website by 25/01/2019.

Subject: CMI Amendment to Multiple Product Certificates of Conformity

CMI wishes to advise all our valued Clients of the following amendment in relation to multiple products on Certificates of Conformities.

In some cases, CMI has issued Certificates of Conformities that reference products which have different uses in the construction process.

For example, paneling which can be used for both wall and flooring applications. Upon consultation with JAS-ANZ and building code compliance experts, this practice has been deemed to be less than ideal. Many of the compliance clauses cited on such certificates carry over from one section of the building code to another. This has the potential to make the Certificate appear ambiguous.

CMI, in consultation with JAS-ANZ, have agreed that any certificates which fall into this category must be reviewed and reissued as separate Certificates of Conformities, dealing specifically with the use of the product and its related code conformity clauses.

CMI will undertake this process at the next audit of the Certificate of Conformity or Certificate Holder, unless there is a more pressing need such as industry or regulatory body input.

CMI would like to thank our Clients for their understanding in the above matters, should clarification be required please do not hesitate to contact us.

CertMark International
P: +61 (07) 5445 2199
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