THE Victorian Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Association of Testing Authorities , Australia (NATA).
Through the MOU, the Victorian Government has affirmed its support for laboratory accreditation as a key element of good business practice. This is amongst the first MOUs that NATA has signed with an Australian State, and reinforces the MOUs that NATA currently has with both the Commonwealth and the Tasmanian governments.
In signing the MOU, the Victorian Premier, Steve Bracks , noted the role of NATA accreditation as the government-endorsed mechanism for identifying competent laboratories.
“Testing and inspection is a vital yet often unseen part of every Victorian’s life,” Bracks said.
He said both consumers and industry needed to be certain that goods and services, either local or imported, have been properly checked or tested with regard to their suitability for the market.
Bracks said departments and agencies such as those responsible for electrical safety, road construction, asbestos removal practices, quality of drinking water and environment protection have required testing by NATA-accredited laboratories for some time.
“Through this Memorandum of Understanding, the State government will ensure that all departments and agencies now use where practicable NATA-accredited laboratories. This will ensure a whole of government approach to satisfying testing needs,” he said.
Rob Oke, NATA’s Victorian Manager, who negotiated the MOU on NATA’s behalf, said NATA had around 700 accredited facilities in Victoria. He said in addition to identifying reliable testing and inspection services for Victorian industry and the community, NATA accreditation assisted in the acceptance of Victorian goods in foreign markets due to NATA’s range of international recognition agreements.