Certification body for CodeMark, WaterMark schemes suspended

CertMark International, a building product certification body, has had its accreditation suspended. The suspension commenced on 10 July 2019.

The Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand has suspended the accreditation of CertMark International (CMI), a certification body involved in the CodeMark and WaterMark Product Certification Schemes. The suspension commenced on 10 July 2019.

While suspended, CMI cannot issue any CodeMark or WaterMark certificates. However, all current product certificates remain valid during the period of suspension.

Certificates issued under the CodeMark and WaterMark schemes are used as evidence of suitability under the National Construction Code.

The VBA advises industry professionals to take due care when relying on certificates of conformity. In general, practitioners should check:

  • the currency of the Certificate
  • any conditions set out in the Certificate; and
  • whether the proposed material use, construction or design reflects compliance with the Certificate and any relevant conditions specified.

If a certificate does not cover all Code obligations, practitioners must obtain other evidence of suitability for the relevant requirements.

The VBA will provide updates to all practitioners as new information becomes available.

Further information on CMI’s suspension can be found on the JAS-ANZ website and the Australian Building Codes Board website.