New Australian entity for quality, safety and performance

Friday, 19 March, 2010

The four agencies that test and regulate the safety and performance of many aspects of industry and the community in Australia - Standards Australia, the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ), the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) and the National Measurement Institute (NMI) - have joined up to establish a new body - the Technical Infrastructure Alliance (TIA) - to identify and execute joint projects with the aim of bringing greater efficiency and performance in quality standards.

The TIA will enable better collaboration, efficiency and innovation between the four member organisations across the field of testing and conformance to quality, safety and performance - documentary standards.

“Standards Australia, NMI, NATA and JAS-ANZ are already closely linked. Through the Technical Infrastructure Alliance we hope to create new opportunities for collaboration and innovation that will enhance our efforts nationally, and leverage our collective knowledge to assist developing countries to establish or improve their own infrastructure,” said Colin Blair, Acting CEO of Standards Australia.

The four member organisations assist Australian industry to trade competitively in the global marketplace by providing their products and services with an internationally recognised assurance of quality, safety, performance, consistency and accuracy.

Additionally, these Australian organisations are influential in the testing and accreditation of documentary standards across the world - especially in developing countries.

Dr Laurie Besley, CEO of the NMI, adds: “The work of the four organisations collectively contributes to the economic prosperity of Australia and the health, safety and wellbeing of all Australians. Formalising our links through the establishment of the Technical Infrastructure Alliance will ensure greater sharing of resources, expertise, knowledge and ideas results in improved outcomes.”

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