NATA Technical Assessors News June 2017

This issue contains:

- Revision of ISO/IEC 17025
- Update to Reference Materials Producers Standard
- Updated NPAAC Standards
- Vale Martin Edenburg
- Training for Technical Assessors

Revision of ISO/IEC 17025

As advised in recent editions of NATA News, ISO/IEC 17025 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories is currently under review.

An update for all Members, Technical Assessors and interested stakeholders was posted to the NATA website in March 2017. A dedicated tile on the right hand side of the home page has been created to post all updates regarding the review. Updates will be made available as information comes to light so Technical Assessors are encouraged to check the NATA website regularly.

The Standard is currently at the Draft International Standard (DIS) stage of the review process. Further information may also be found at ISO website.

In response to the DIS, ISO/CASCO received in excess of 1800 comments. A subgroup of Working Group 44 met in early May to consider and collate the comments received on the DIS. John Styzinski, NATA’s General Manager Operations and Technical participated in this meeting.

Unfortunately, due to the sheer volume of comments, the subgroup was not able to consider and collate all comments in the time available. This will result in a busy meeting when the full complement of Working Group 44 next meets in mid-July 2017 to consider the comments on the DIS.

It is now expected that the Standard will proceed to a Final Draft International Standard (FDIS). Should the Standard move to a FDIS, the Standard is not likely to be published until late 2017 or in early 2018. It must, however, be stressed that the outcome of the Working Group 44 meeting in July will determine the next steps in the review.

NATA will continue to provide updates in NATA News and the Technical Assessor Newsletter in addition to utilising the NATA website.

Work continues on a transition policy and the development of a gap analysis checklist between the 2005 version of the Standard and the new version.

Information sessions for Members and Technical Assessors are being planned with announcements to be made in the second half of the calendar year.


Update to Reference Material Producers Standard

In November 2016, the publication used for the accreditation of Reference Material Producers (RMPs) ISO Guide 34 was replaced with a new ISO standard; ISO 17034:2016 General requirements for the competence of reference material producers.

This new Standard differs significantly from the previous guide. The previous structure containing Section 4 Management requirements and Section 5 Technical requirements has been replaced with the new structure being adopted by all of the ISO 17000 series of standards having 8 sections in total. The Standard is less prescriptive in many requirements, is more outcomes based, and adopts the new option of referencing an ISO 9001 Certification of a management system.

In preparation of the transition of our existing RMPs from being accredited to ISO Guide 34 to ISO 17034, NATA has updated its accreditation criteria documents. The new RMP NATA Accreditation Criteria package, identified on the website as REFERENCE MATERIALS PRODUCERS Publications Checklist, now contains;

  • Policy Circular 49, NATA’s policy for the transition from ISO Guide 34 to ISO 17034,
  • The new RMP Standard Application Document and Categories of Reference Materials
  • The RMP Assessment Worksheet which has been revised to ISO 17034
  • A Gap Analysis between ISO Guide 34 and ISO 17034

Policy Circular 49 Implementation of ISO 17034:2016 in NATA’s Reference Material Producers accreditation program presents NATA’s policy on the transition of our existing accreditations from ISO Guide 34 to ISO 17034 and when new accreditations to ISO 17034 will begin.

A new Standard Application Document, Reference Material Producers ISO 17034 Standard Application Document (SAD), has been developed according to the changes made in ISO 17034. As the new ISO Standard has been significantly restructured from the previous guide, much of the supplementary criteria in the SAD have been removed and a new section addressing how NATA will adopt the identification of ISO 9001 Certification added. The SAD has minor updates in the Annex for Reference Gas Producers and the Annex providing Guidance on Customs Requirements has been removed.

To assist with the transition from ISO Guide 34 to ISO 17034 a Gap Analysis of ISO Guide 34:2009 and ISO 17034:2016 in the program of Reference Material Producers has been prepared. The changes made from ISO Guide 34 to ISO 17034 are extensive and thus this gap analysis is intended to assist with identifying the differences.

Given the numerous changes, NATA will apply an implementation period of 3 months before transitioning the current accreditations to the new ISO standard. The transition to the new ISO standard is to be completed by October 2019.

The accredited RMPs and Technical Assessors have been contacted directly. For further details on this significant change to the accreditation criteria and process of RMPs please contact the Sector Manager Calibration at the NATA Melbourne office.


Updated NPAAC standards

The National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council (NPAAC) has recently published the following new and revised accreditation standards:

  • Requirements for Laboratories Reporting Tests for the National Cervical Screening Program (First Edition 2017) - effective 1 December 2017;and
  • Requirements for Gynaecological (Cervical) Cytology (Third Edition 2017) – effective the day after registration on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments.

Copies of the documents can be accessed from the NPAAC publications webpage. Hard copies of the publications are expected to be distributed shortly.

Should you have any queries, please contact the NPAAC Secretariat.


Vale Martin Edenburg

Martin EdenburgMartin Edenburg was born in London in 1943 and moved to Australia in 1955 where he gained his qualifications in chemistry, including an Associateship in Pure Chemistry from Curtin University.

He was employed by a number of organisations across Western Australia including the Government Chemical Laboratories, Shell Australia, John Deere, Quadron Manufacturing and ALMC.

Martin’s extensive background as a Chemist, Analyst, Operations and Technical Manager with companies across WA made him the ideal choice as a NATA Technical Assessor and he commenced this role in 1990.

Martin carried out over 100 assessments for NATA including one just a month before he passed away. Staff remember him fondly and commented on his kindness, willingness to help and share his skills, and his thorough approach.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years and three children.


Training for Technical Assessors

NATA provides opportunities for face-to-face training for Technical Assessors to ensure clarity on its accreditation process and the important role our Assessors play.

Dates can be found in the Technical Assessor section on our website.

Although courses are scheduled throughout the year we do recognise that some may have difficulty getting away from their workplace for a day which is why we developed a webinar training solution.

This webinar approach allows more interaction between the NATA trainer and the trainees than a normal e-learning approach and does so in a time effective manner.

As with our face-to-face training, the content of the webinar is based on the Assessor Information Guide (AIG) which is provided to all Technical Assessors in their Assessor Resource Kit.

Trainees will need to put aside a half a day to attend the webinar which is split into two parts - however the bonus is they don’t need to leave their facility and should have time to catch up on other matters in between the two sessions. To be considered to be a trained Technical Assessor both sessions must be completed.

Although this training is aimed at new Technical Assessors, existing Assessors are welcome to attend training as a refresher.

If you would like to register your interest in any of our upcoming training sessions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..