EWPAA ‘gold’ jumps high­est bar

Australasian Timber - - NEWS -

WOOD TEST­ING and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion ser­vices pro­vided by the Engineered Wood Prod­ucts As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­trala­sia are of the high­est stan­dard, CEO Dave Gover says.

EWPAA-cer­ti­fied prod­ucts are tested un­der strict Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Test­ing Au­thor­i­ties (NATA) ac­cred­i­ta­tion rules and man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses are au­dited un­der a Joint Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Sys­tem of Aus­tralia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ), an ac­cred­ited prod­uct cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gram that not all prod­ucts can claim.

“The EWPAA is proud to of­fer a Type 5 cer­ti­fi­ca­tion scheme, which is the most com­pre­hen­sive in the in­dus­try,” Mr Gover said.

“Type 5 cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is about more than just a test cer­tifi­cate; it re­quires au­dit­ing of the man­u­fac­tur­ing process, on­go­ing sam­pling of prod­uct at the point of man­u­fac­ture for test­ing, mar­ket sur­veil­lance and a re­view of a man­u­fac­turer’s com­mit­ment to prod­uct qual­ity.”

EWPAA-cer­ti­fied man­u­fac­tur­ers of ply­wood, LVL, MDF, par­ti­cle­board, and struc­tural tim­ber carry out au­dits con­stantly and their prod­ucts are in­de­pen­dently tested on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

“Th­ese mon­i­tor­ing ac­tiv­i­ties are what make EWPAA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion so ro­bust,” Mr Gover said.

“This level of cer­ti­fi­ca­tion en­sures that EWPAA cer­ti­fied prod­ucts are safe, re­li­able and fit-for pur­pose.

“Engineered wood has a wealth of op­por­tu­ni­ties ahead. The EWPAA’s ‘gold stan­dard’ for prod­uct cer­ti­fi­ca­tion sup­ports this.”

EWPAA’s Bris­bane lab­o­ra­tory at Ea­gle Farm is ac­cred­ited by NATA and tests EWPAA cer­ti­fied prod­ucts for a full range of struc­tural and phys­i­cal prop­er­ties and for formalde­hyde emis­sions and bond qual­ity. The as­so­ci­a­tion also op­er­ates a JAS-ANZ ac­cred­ited chain-of-cus­tody pro­gram for sus­tain­ably sourced tim­ber.

“Through man­u­fac­tur­ing in­no­va­tion, ro­bust qual­ity con­trol and con­for­mance to Aus­tralasian prod­uct stan­dards, the wood prod­ucts in­dus­try is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing a re­li­able, sus­tain­able, and re­new­able ma­te­rial for build­ing con­struc­tion,” Mr Gover said.

“Our pri­or­i­ties in de­vel­op­ing and strength­en­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for tim­ber in­clude mea­sures to en­sure prod­ucts used com­ply with Aus­tralian stan­dards.

“The last thing any­one needs is shonky prod­uct in the mar­ket.”

Mr Gover said struc­tural safety and the health and well­be­ing of build­ing oc­cu­pants must be the pri­or­ity. The EWPAA brand was a mark of con­fi­dence that a tim­ber prod­uct met the re­quire­ments of Aus­tralasian stan­dards.

The EWPAA and its mem­bers have been long-time advocates of prod­uct con­for­mance and hon­est brand­ing.

“Pro­mo­tion of EWPAA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion to the de­signer and con­struc­tion com­mu­nity is fun­da­men­tal in con­trol­ling this risk,” Mr Gover said.

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