I’m an importer wanting to bring crayons into the country. The Auckland Regional Public Health Services (ARPHS) have asked me to have my test report endorsed (verified?) by IANZ. How do I do this?
The graphic materials group standard is for the import, manufacture and sale of children’s graphic materials, including crayons, water colour paints and finger paints.
Supporting Information: Importing and Retailing Graphic Materials Compliance Guide
How do I know if my test report meets the criteria for the endorsement process?
Is there a logo on the test report? (of the ILAC MRA signatory partner accreditation body)
E.g. CNAS (China), HKAS (Hong Kong), KOLAS (Korea), NATA (Australia), TAF (Taiwan), UKAS (United Kingdom) etc. Usually located on top right hand side of report.
Does the test report state that the graphic materials have been tested to either European Standard EN71.3 or the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS ISO 8124.3:2003?
(for the migration of heavy metals as follows: As = Arsenic, Ba = Barium, Cd = Cadmium, Cr = Chromium, Hg = Mercury, Pb = Lead, Se = Selenium, Sb = Antimony)
Do the test results indicate a ‘Pass’?
Have all the pages of the report have been sent through? (there is usually a photograph of the product on the last page and numbering usually indicates ‘x of y’)
If the answer to the above questions is ‘yes’, please submit test reports to firstname.lastname@example.org for endorsement.
Are there any charges?
Test reports endorsement costs $199 (including GST) per test report and payment to IANZ is required before initiating overseas verification.
How long will it take?
The process may be as short as a few days or up to a few weeks depending on the response from overseas parties. (ILAC MRA partners and testing laboratories)
What does IANZ provide?
A signed document stating that the test report is able to accepted under the ILAC MRA. (please submit this document to ARPHS)
What if a test report is from an IANZ accredited laboratory (bears the IANZ logo)?
Submit the test report directly to ARPHS. (No payment required to IANZ)
What about face paints or other products?
Face paints are cosmetic products and are covered by the Cosmetic Products Group Standard.
Graphic materials that do not meet the criteria for this group standard may be covered by the surface coatings and colourants group standards
Further information may be found at: www.epa.govt.nz