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April Update
In this issue:
  • IANZ’s Contribution to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals –
    Part One: Quality Education   
  • Making Assessment Preparation Easier – The IANZ Portal
  • Gas Cylinder Testing in New Zealand – IANZ Accreditation Programmes in Review
  • NZQC upcoming courses
Kia ora koutou,

Thinking strategically and searching for improvement is a constant priority for our team, especially when it comes to exploring ways we can contribute positively to both our clients as well as making sure our own people are as knowledgeable as they can be.

This approach to everything we do is anchored in our involvement in World Accreditation Day - coming up in June - so we thought we'd share with you the first in a three-part series about how we contribute to the global Sustainable Development Goals and put them into action...more on that below.

We'd also like to remind you of our very helpful IANZ portal and some important testing programme reviews, along with some excellent NZQC courses just around the corner.


Team IANZ

 

IANZ’s Contribution to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals –
Part One: Quality Education    
         

 

Every year, accreditation bodies around the globe come together on 9th June to celebrate World Accreditation Day. This year’s theme is Accreditation: Supporting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this 3 part series, we look at IANZ’s contribution to the implementation of the SDGs and look at ways we can continue protect the health and wealth of New Zealand in all that we do.
 
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 SDGs, which are an urgent call for action by all counties – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognise that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
 
Starting with SDG 4: Quality Education, IANZ promotes the implementation of this through employment of a workforce that is knowledgeable and passionate about quality management systems and technical regulations, encouraging robust engagement with clients and stakeholders to ensure fair representation of accreditation standards across all industries. After all, we’re known as curious experts!
 
As technology advances, so does our need to explore alternative and revised methods for the testing and inspection of the products and services we buy, consume, use or are surrounded by every day. IANZ assessors regularly attend training courses in ISO standards relative to the accreditation programme they work within, as well as general skills in internal auditing, quality management systems and root cause analysis.
 
As for our clients, IANZ assessors are always available to answer any questions throughout the assessment to ensure that organisations and the staff within them understand the procedures and conditions of accreditation and are able to effectively apply these within their own policies and practices. Collaboration is key, ensuring that the highest quality standards are maintained throughout and access to education on accreditation principles flows freely in all directions.
 
Stay tuned for our next instalment on IANZ’s Contribution to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and help us celebrate Wold Accreditation Day!

 

Making Assessment Preparation Easier – The IANZ Portal
 
The objective of IANZ assessments is to give the applicant organisation every opportunity to demonstrate that the organisation’s systems and processes comply with the requirements of accreditation; that the organisation is actually doing what their documented procedures say they will do, that it meets good practice for that discipline and that it consistently produces valid and reliable conformity assessment results, reports and/or certificates.
 
Part of this, naturally, is for organisations to document their management systems, including all specialist and administrative policies and procedures, conformity assessment methods, equipment management procedures, worksheets and forms, and provide the necessary examples of these to IANZ as part of their preparation for the assessment.
 
A range of document management systems are used across IANZ clients, including a mixture of hard-copy manuals, web-based systems, electronic files and many more. Whatever form the documentation may take, it must be possible for IANZ to efficiently access the entire system during the assessment and to extract sufficient material to brief the assessment team members.
 
As IANZ moves to become more paperless, the most efficient way for organisations to provide this information is by use of the IANZ Portal. The IANZ Portal is a document exchange platform for use between IANZ and its clients, stakeholders and other interested parties. It provides clients the opportunity to safely and securely transfer accreditation documentation to IANZ, particularly large file sizes that are unable to be transferred via email. It also enables IANZ assessors to transfer documentation to clients relating to specific accreditation criteria or provide feedback on documents previously reviewed.
 
By having access to an organisation’s quality documentation and supplementary information prior to the onsite assessment, IANZ assessors can be appropriately prepared and brief the assessment team, making the most efficient use of time available when face to face with the client.
 
Access to the IANZ Portal is by invitation only, reserved for applicant and accredited clients via the authorised representative, technical experts participating in IANZ assessments and Professional Advisory Committee and Council members. If you are part of this group and do not currently have access (and would like to) then please get in touch at info@ianz.govt.nz

 

 

Gas Cylinder Testing in New Zealand – IANZ Accreditation Programmes in Review
 
Use of compressed gases is widespread; in commerce and industry as a fuel, in sports such as diving and in medical and firefighting equipment. Unfortunately, the improper handling of such gases under pressure can cause injury, death or ill health to a person and cause damage to property or the environment due to the pressure of their containers. Thankfully, the risk of failure can be substantially reduce by the maintenance of these cylinders in good repair and by regular inspection and testing.
 
Gas cylinder testing stations require authorisation from Worksafe New Zealand under the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations. Accreditation by IANZ under the Gas Cylinder Testing Laboratory Programme, a specialist sub-set of the IANZ Mechanical Testing Laboratory Programme, is the most common route to authorisation by WorkSafe.
 
The safety of cylinder testing staff must be of prime consideration for laboratory management. Unsafe practices will have an adverse effect on the IANZ assessment. Under the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, laboratories will need to identify, and then eliminate, minimise or isolate the hazards associated with their activities. Consideration to the noise from equipment, personal protective equipment available to staff and the safe disposal systems in use for flammable or toxic gases are all considered as part of the IANZ assessment. Furthermore, extensive accommodation considerations are also made as part of the assessment process. Provision will need to be made for adequate storage facilities for equipment, test records, calibration records, manuals etc, and suitable facilities for the recording of test data, the performance of calculations and the preparation of test reports.
 
A fundamental requirement of the IANZ accreditation system of ensuring good laboratory practice is a documented Quality System complying with ISO/IEC 17025: General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. The quality system, usually contained in a Quality Manual, is essentially the documentation of all the policies and procedures used by the laboratory to ensure that the quality of testing is maintained. 

IANZ currently accredits 38 gas cylinder testing facilities in New Zealand. If you are interested in becoming accredited with IANZ or require further information, please contact info@ianz.govt.nz

 
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