Governance Accreditation Advisory Committees (AAC)

What is an AAC?

NATA appoints Accreditation Advisory Committees (AACs) who provide advice on technical matters and administrative support for specific areas of accreditation aligned with defined activities or industries.

Each AAC consists of a group of experts appointed by the Board and the size and membership of an AAC is dependent on the needs of the area of accreditation.

If additional technical input to support the AAC is required, they may consult with professional bodies on a needs basis.

Technical activities

The primary role of an AAC is to provide advice and recommendations for the associated area/activity of accreditation.

AACs may be asked to:

  • Reviewing assessment reports and recommending to NATA’s Board the granting, extensionor changes to the accreditation status of organisations
  • Approving new technical assessors
  • Developing and reviewing criteria specific to the work carried out by accredited organisations in the particular area of accreditation
  • Providing guidance on interpretation of the criteria included in the relevant Standard used for accreditation
  • Supporting assessors and assist in their technical training as necessary
  • Keeping NATA abreast of technical developments and strategic issues in industry
  • Acting as a liaison between NATA and relevant industry and professional societies
  • Identifying proficiency testing (PT) needs in order to promote the availability of relevant PT programs
  • Identifying potential new areas of accreditation

Administrative activities

These activities may include:

  • Reviewing assessment reports and recommending to NATA’s Board the granting of, or extension to, or changes to the accreditation of facilities
  • Approving new technical assessors

Confidentiality, Conflict of Interest and Liability

All information obtained in connection with a committee’s activities are treated as confidential by all members of the committee according to the NATA Rules. All committee members are made aware of this requirement and must sign a confidentiality agreement at the time of appointment. Any observer who may be invited to attend an AAC meeting is also required to be bound by the same confidentiality agreement.

Committee members are required to declare any conflict of interest they may have in relation to the activities of the committee.

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Benefits of being a NATA accredited organisation

NATA accredits organisations to perform testing and inspection activities for their products and services. This gives consumers the assurance they need to make safe, healthy and reliable choices. When you choose to become NATA accredited, you can be sure of a number of competitive advantages for your business.
Assurance
NATA members receive a globally-recognised, peer-reviewed and government endorsed accreditation that provides a unique level of assurance to members, their clients and the community.
Competence
Our accreditation provides an independent benchmark for technical competence. Receiving NATA accreditation demonstrates to customers your organisation’s commitment to quality, safety and reliability of products and services.
Recognition
NATA accreditation is both nationally and internationally recognised. This provides a competitive advantage when compared to non-accredited organisations and ensures you are market-ready to capitalise on trade opportunities.
Training
NATA has been training individuals and teams both nationally and internationally for over 20 years and enjoys a global reputation for the quality of its courses and programs. Our active role in international accreditation education has seen us conduct training in over 20 countries.
International
NATA’s long standing and active involvement with international groups enables our members to gain international recognition for their accreditation and minimises the need for multiple assessments from different suppliers.
Innovation
NATA provides innovative and timely business solutions that meet the needs of our members and fulfil the expectations of the community. We have the experience and resources to ensure your accreditation provides you and your organisation with unique advantages.