AHML is accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) to ISO/IEC 17025 2005 in the field of Information Technology for the testing of healthcare messages (Accreditation No.14544).
NATA is Australia's government endorsed provider of accreditation for laboratories conducting tests, calibrations and measurements in a wide spectrum of technical fields.
A Recognition of Testing Competence NATA accreditation provides formal recognition to competent testing facilities, thus providing a ready means for customers to identify and select reliable testing, inspection, measurement and calibration services. To maintain this recognition, laboratories are re-evaluated periodically by NATA to ensure their continued compliance with requirements, and to check that their standard of operation is being maintained.
NATA accreditation is highly regarded both nationally and internationally as a reliable indicator of technical competence, use of the NATA logo and use of a NATA endorsement on test certificates tells prospective and current clients that the laboratory has been measured and approved against best international practice.
Faced with alternative suppliers of testing and calibration services, why wouldn't a supplier choose one which offers them this assurance?
NATA is a signatory to the APLAC regional Mutual Recognition Arrangement (download current list of signatories) and the ILAC global Arrangement. It also maintains a bilateral arrangement with the European cooperation on Accreditation (EA).
Under both multilateral arrangements, NATA-endorsed test and calibration reports are accepted by NATA's fellow signatories and promoted as equivalent to reports issued by their own accredited laboratories. Under the inspection section of the APLAC MRA, NATA endorsed inspection reports are accepted by NATA's fellow signatories and promoted as equivalent to reports issued by their own accredited inspection bodies.
These mutual recognition arrangements have proved invaluable in helping to overcome technical barriers to trade between Australia and other nations. They also provide Australian laboratories with an opportunity to attract additional testing and calibration work from international sources as NATA endorsed test reports are recognised in many overseas countries.
NATA currently has mutual recognition arrangements with more than 60 organisations in various economies.