The IANZ/NATA recognition agreement has been replaced by the ILAC international MRA discussed here.
IANZ has been given approval from ILAC to use a new Combined ILAC MRA Mark. To go with this there is a new administrative procedure.
The following are some key points to note:
- The new Combined Mark includes the new IANZ logo/symbol, and now includes inspection bodies which are part of the ILAC MRA. There is a ‘Combined ILAC MRA Mark’ which is for use by IANZ only, and three new ‘Accredited CAB Combined ILAC MRA Marks’ which will be provided free of charge to eligible clients, in both blue and black.
- The new Mark cancels and replaces all previously issued Combined Marks (old IANZ logo), and all the paperwork (sub-license agreements) that went with this. All clients will need to reapply.
- The new system for approval is that laboratories and inspection bodies apply to IANZ to use the Combined Mark using the application form, which includes a declaration that clients will abide by the rules therein. On receipt of an application, IANZ will verify the applicant is eligible and send them the graphics package.
- Previously, clients produced their own Mark (format, configuration, etc) which IANZ then approved. Now clients must use the graphics provided. If clients wish to do anything different, they must seek written approval from IANZ which will be treated on a case-by-case basis.
- As part of the agreement with ILAC, IANZ has signed up that we will abide the rules for the use of the Combined Mark set out in the ILAC-R7 document. One of the key rules is that IANZ will only give permission to CABs that are domiciled in countries where the ILAC MRA Mark is registered and thus protected under local trade mark laws. For IANZs’ current overseas clients, countries such as Australia and Japan are eligible; the Pacific Islands in general (e.g. Samoa, Fiji, Tonga) are not. Clients in these economies will need to cease using the existing mark (if they have it) and will not be given further approval. This does not prevent NZ domiciled CABs using the Mark to their overseas customers.