For over 70 years we have been the nation’s leading organisation in assessing and accrediting government and business organisations.
Across a broad range of fields from mining and construction to health and pathology services – NATA accreditation services touch on nearly every facet of our daily lives.
We are proudly the world’s first and most experienced laboratory accreditation body and provide a national testing service that spans all technical, industrial and geographical areas of the country.
NATA is the authority on the assurance of technical standards in Australia, and a leading authority on the world accreditation stage.
Across the decades
NATA issues its first promotional brochure “Testing in industry and commerce” to attract testing authorities and potential users of NATA endorsed reports.
We become established as Australia’s leader in testing laboratories involved in chemical and mechanical testing. In June of 1972, we have 893 accredited laboratories – 75 per cent of which are private sector.
We roll out our branch offices to better service the needs of clients and the community. During this time, we also commence comprehensive training programs for our assessors, laboratory managers and quality practitioners. Our training courses are popular both domestically and internationally and have since expanded to meet demand.
A coup for NATA with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Commonwealth Government. This formally recognises NATA as Australia’s national provider of laboratory accreditation services. During this time, we also lead the way internationally introducing programs for medical imaging facilities and sleep disorders services.
The international profile of NATA continues to grow strongly with the establishment of several Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRA), encouraged by NATA’s active involvement with the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and the continuing use of NATA’s training courses by overseas organisations.
In 2008, the Australian Government renews its MoU again recognising NATA as the national authority for the accreditation of laboratories conducting tests and measurements in all technical fields. In 2009, MoUs are signed with state governments including Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
Following key strategic planning, the online Technical Assessors Development Program is launched to help assessors maintain their skills and technical knowledge.
More recently, the development of a new Accreditation Information Management System (AIMS) allows better use of IT in internal business processes and a considerable upgrade to IT capabilities across the organisation.