THE National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA) provides an information service to Tasmania’s industry and community on reliable testing, measurement and inspection services through its national database of accredited facilities.
NATA plays the leading role in accrediting laboratories in Tasmania, under a new Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) it signed with the Tasmanian Government. The MOU recognises NATA accreditation as the government-endorsed mechanism for identifying competent laboratories and inspection facilities.
The Tasmanian government and NATA will also work together to develop programs in the public health, safety, environment protection, construction and fair trading sectors.
In the export of local products, NATA will assist both the government and local industry in gaining acceptance for Tasmanian goods in foreign markets, by helping bridge technical barriers to trade.
"The MOU will ensure that Tasmania has access to the best possible testing and accreditation practices which will benefit both local industry and the whole community,” Tasmanian Premier, Jim Bacon said.
“It also recognises that laboratory accreditation provides an important mechanism for improving the business efficiency and competitiveness of Tasmanian industry in national and international markets."