TO CELEBRATE World Accreditation Day, the National Association of Testing Authorities has highlighted the vital importance of accredited laboratory testing in global grain trade.
Through its video story Why great grain matters, it shows accreditation plays a crucial role in Australia’s grain exporting by allowing products to be tested once, and accepted everywhere because NATA is a signatory to an international Mutual Recognition Arrangement with more than 100 countries.
The Why great grains matters showcases the work of the Australian Export Grain Innovation Centre as a NATA-accredited laboratory which works its most important export products categories, grain, as well as the important role of accreditation.
NATA accreditation helps AEGIC constantly improve, while providing trust for its customers and the industry that they all can rely on data from its accredited laboratory testing.
The data is used to make decisions about international trade and breeding programs going into the export market.
NATA’s role is to make sure that the experts at organisations like AEGIC can do what they say they can, and adhere to international standards.
Domestic customers also benefit as accredited data from AEGIC’s laboratory is used in nutrition panels on packaging to inform consumers on key dietary components of contents on a wide range of grain food products.
NATA chief executive officer and chair of the Asia-Pacific Accreditation Cooperation Jennifer Evans said World Accreditation Day deserved celebrating.
“Accreditation and trade are bound together by trust – trust is the essential component of trading relationships, whether they are conducted within national borders or with other economies,” Ms Evans said.
“World economies have long relied on an integrated system of standards, metrology and accredited conformity assessment to create a quality infrastructure.”
Ms Evans said this integrated system supported trade by ensuring consumers, businesses and regulators who procured goods and services get what they expect.
“Grain is no exception; without accreditation, we wouldn’t be able to take for granted the tasty fresh bread every morning or the noodles we love in our ramen.
NATA has been the hidden safety net of Australia for over 75 years.”