Asbestos is prohibited as listed in the AustralianCustoms (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 and Customs does insist upon asbestos inspections and testing being carried out by organisations recognised by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) prior to the goods arriving to our shores.
Australian Customs and Border Protection service, state that CTI 's asbestos inspection accreditation by UKAS is mutually recognized by NATA and is acceptable to Australian Customs and therefore AMSA.
Myles Pickett, Manager Pre-Clearance Intervention & Targeted Compliance Response, from Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (E: firstname.lastname@example.org) ensure in the response email that CTI marine asbestos survey is recognized by NATA and thus accepted by Australian Customers.
Myles Pickett further explained NATA is recognised by the Australian Government as the authority for accreditation of inspection and testing organisations in Australia. NATA also administers the Mutual Recognition Arrangement Network in Australia. This recognition extends to their overseas equivalents in that it acknowledges the accreditation standards insisted upon by them and accepts the finding of laboratories that have met these standards.
As a result, Customs accepts inspection and testing results from overseas companies accredited by authorities listed in the Mutual Recognition Agreement facility on NATA’s Australian website. CTI has been accredited by UKAS for marine asbestos inspections and UKAS do appear on the NATA Mutual Recognition Agreement.