In our May 2022, NATA News edition on connecting accreditation and conformity assessment processes with ISO/ IEC traceability standards, NATA is investigating the application of global data standards as an enabler for digital traceability of accreditation and conformity data pertaining to traded goods.
This work is being undertaken in collaboration with the global standards-writing body, GS1, and with additional expert input provided by JASANZ. An initial report was published in February 2022 titled Digitalisation of Conformance and Accreditation Processes and launched in conjunction with an industry seminar highlighting the report’s findings. This has generated significant interest among government and industry.
More recently, an international version of the report has been circulated and comments sought from global trade facilitation bodies. This consultation process has resulted in opportunities to make presentations and highlight the work more widely, including technical engagement with ISO CASCO, APEC, the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade Committee and the United Nations CEFACT group.
Further work is being undertaken with the intent of demonstrating certain technical aspects within a test environment. The outcomes of this project have the potential to enhance the national product conformity systems thereby providing greater assurance to regulators and consumers and improve global confidence in Australian products.
We will keep you updated!
You can read the report here: Digitalisation of Conformance and Accreditation Processes – NATA