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.

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.

WaterMark: Adoption of AS/NZS 4129:2020

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

Adopted applicable specification Replacing
AS/NZS 4129:2020 – Fittings for polyethylene (PE) pipes for pressure applicationsAS/NZS 4129:2008 – Fittings for polyethylene (PE) pipes for pressure applications

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.

Announcement of Change of Certmark International (CMI) Management

CMI is pleased to announce that Mr Richard Donarski, CMI’s National Compliance Director Australia & New Zealand will be taking over the day to day operations and management of CMI from our CEO Mr John Thorpe. Assisting Richard, will be Ms Talissa Ireland, CMI’s General Manager.

REASONS FOR THE CHANGE

CMI is going through a period of re-organisation and growth and will be diversifying its certification activities into the areas of Fire Systems & Products, Safety Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment, Construction & Building Materials as well as continuing the expansion of our services in the areas of WaterMark and CodeMark Certification.

Mr Donarski has over 30 years’ experience at senior managerial level in all these areas of certification activities and is ideally suited to manage CMI during this period of growth. Mr Donarski will be representing CMI on a range of relevant Standards Committees, Fire Protection Association of Australia (FPAA) Committees, Working At Heights Association (WAHA) as well as representing CMI with the Joint Accreditation System of Australia & New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) and the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB).

CLIENT ACTIONS

Moving forward with this change, could you please ensure that any existing communications with John Thorpe or CMI should, in the first instance, be sent to office@certmark.org or if you have been dealing with one of our other Staff directly, the Staff member involved.

CMI is very excited about the direction it is taking and we are very confident in CMI’s abilities moving forward.

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

Prompted by a major PE pipeline failure in January 2019 the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA), in consultation with The Plastics Industry Pipe Association of Australia (PIPA), has undertaken a review of its Product Specifications for Polyethylene pipe.   

WSAA considers that the requirements for recyclate and the current batch definition and Batch Report Testing requirements within AS/NZS 4130 need to be amended and will ensure a review of the Standard is undertaken through the Standards Australia process. 

In the interim the following Clauses have been inserted into WSA PS 207 and WSA PS 215. These specifications are available at: https://www.wsaa.asn.au/shop/product/35716.

Clause 2 (b)

The use of recyclate in pipe other than a manufacturer’s own clean in-house production for which full batch traceability is maintained, is expressly prohibited

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 12 hours of production for that pipe batch or when a new raw material compound is introduced.

Note the following update has since been released;

Product Certification in New Zealand

11/10/2019

Product Certification in New Zealand
CMI wishes to clarify that the lifting of the suspension relates to the JAS-ANZ accredited, CodeMark Australia, WaterMark and the CertMark Product Certification Scheme. CMI has not applied for CodeMark New Zealand to be added back onto its scope at this point in time and as such cannot offer this service.

In New Zealand CMI can offer the following accredited certification services;

  1. CertMark Product Certification Scheme. This scheme is JAS-ANZ accredited and a Type 5 scheme. The relevant standards under this scheme can be found at jas-anz.org/.
  2. WaterMark. Although this scheme is an Australian mandatory plumbing scheme it is accepted in NZ as evidence of compliance for plumbing products. Historically, this is of use to NZ manufacturers wishing to sell plumbing product into Australia.

CMI Accreditation Schedule – Issue 27 Dated 26th July 2019.pdf