"A change in Quantity also entails a change in Quality"
Conformity assessment benefits product or service suppliers, product or service users, regulators and the public through the proficient assessment and review of products, services, materials, processes, systems and personnel against the minimum requirements of applicable regulations, Standards, or client specifications.
Conformity assessment provides confidence in assessed product and services, and facilitates improved access to markets. This is particularly important in today’s globalised market where products may be manufactured and supplied from almost anywhere in the world.
And whilst many of them will apply internationally recognised standards, many will either meet their local Standards, but not meet Australian, and New Zealand Standards and regulations and some will not meet any standards at all.
Why conformity assessment matters
Confidence comes from knowing that requirements will be fulfilled. Australian and New Zealand Standards give the current requirements for materials and services provided locally. Internationally recognised standards for conformity assessment structure the processes and good practices for checking that these requirements are being met. Conformity assessment therefore provides confidence that our Standards are being reviewed regularly and being followed consistently
For reputable manufacturers and professional service providers, having their products and services assessed in accordance with recognised Standards allows them to differentiate themselves from unassessed suppliers.
Access to markets and clients
When public health, safety or the environment may be at stake, conformity assessment is often made obligatory by government regulations. Without assessment and approval by a competent external party, goods can be withdrawn from sale, and increasingly suppliers are being precluded from bidding for government procurement contracts unless they can demonstrate compliance with standards.
Consumers benefit from conformity assessment because it provides them with a basis for selecting products or services. They may have more confidence in products or services that are supported by a formal supplier’s declaration, or bearing a mark or certificate of conformity, that attest to quality, safety or other desirable characteristics.
Regulators are increasingly mandating conformity assessment to provide a means to enforce legislation and standards achieve public policy goals, especially in infrastructure, health and environment.
What conformity assessment activities cover
Conformity assessment may consist of one, some, or even all of the following: product sample testing, site inspection, process evaluation, review of the supplier’s declarations of conformity, review of scope and suitability of the company’s management system certification, personnel training and oversight, product certification, and mutual recognition with other bodies
Conformity assessment and sustainability
Assuring that products, services, materials, processes systems and personnel consistently meet or exceed the minimum requirements of applicable Standards is essential for the efficient functioning of the supplier.
Conformity assessment provides a proven, cost effective framework for delivering this assurance.