Expression of Interest (EoI) to join the Animal Health Accreditation Advisory Committee

Industry News November 3, 2021
Expression of Interest (EoI) to join the Animal Health Accreditation Advisory Committee
NATA team

The Animal Health Accreditation Advisory Committee (AAC) advises NATA on technical issues related to animal health testing in the areas of anatomical pathology (including aquatic animal health), clinical biochemistry, microbiology, parasitology, molecular diagnostics and bioinformatics.
The Animal Health AAC is currently seeking expressions of interest for two positions from persons qualified and experienced in the following areas:

  • Parasitology
  • Molecular Diagnostics

Committee members are appointed for their knowledge and technical expertise. The duties of a committee member include:

  • review of NATA’s Accreditation Criteria;
  • review of assessment reports for applicant and accredited facilities, where required;
  • provision of advice on technical issues arising from assessment activities;
  • review and approval of the appointment of technical assessors.

Further information about the role and structure of NATA’s technical committees is available on Accreditation Advisory Committees page.
Positions are honorary with the initial term of appointment being five years. Reappointment for three years may be possible following the initial term. Current AAC members may submit an EoI for a vacant, or soon to be vacant position, subject to not already having served more than three terms and they satisfy the criteria for the position.

The Committee convenes at 12 to 24 month intervals and NATA covers all travel and accommodation costs relating to attending AAC meetings.

Applicants must:

  • hold suitable qualifications and have a between 5 and 10 years practical experience in their area(s) of expertise;
  • be committed to accreditation and familiar with NATA’s accreditation requirements, for example, through practical experience in an accredited facility, experience as a NATA technical assessor, etc;
  • be committed to abide by NATA’s policies, including the need to maintain confidentiality, be objective, act impartially, and to declare any conflicts of interest;
  • prepare for, attend and actively participate in AAC meetings.

Expressions of interest should include a current resume along with a cover letter addressing the requirements and attributes detailed above and also why you wish to join the Committee.

Applications can be provided to Neil Shepherd, Sector Manager – Life Sciences at

Applications will close on 19 January 2022 and will be considered by the current members of the AAC.

Final approval of AAC membership rests with the NATA Board.

NATA recognises the value of and supports equal employment opportunities, including equal opportunity for appointment to its technical committees. All AAC appointments are based on merit and the strength of the EoI submitted regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or any other discriminatory attribute. NATA encourages EoIs from any person who meets the specified criteria to ensure access to the diverse range of talents necessary for the AAC to fulfil its role.