CodeMark – building industry product certification

​​​​The CodeMark scheme is about safe and effective building products

It’s about ensuring that your building products  meet your customers’ expectations for conformity 

Having your applicable building products registered under CodeMark tells your customers and users that you care about meeting their expectations for the supply of trustworthy and reliable products that meet the regulatory and quality requirements called up in the Building Codes in Australia or New Zealand.  And both if that’s what you need.  CodeMark building product certification demonstrates for all to see that your products meet the applicable building codes.

And you have invested in independent testing and certification to prove it!

Not only that, but the CodeMark certification itself is provided by a JAS-ANZ accredited product certification body. That means the certification is as independent and competent as it gets, and it’s done under the auspices of the Australian and New Zealand governments.

This link is to the JAS-ANZ (Joint Accreditation Scheme for Australia & New Zealand) website.

Two schemes, New Zealand and Australia

Differences

It’s important to note from the outset that there are subtle differences between the Australian and New Zealand CodeMark schemes. For example;

      1. The requirement for the product certification body to visit manufacturing sites is not quite the same under each scheme., and there are;
      2. Technical differences between the schemes that arise from the differences in Building Codes and obvious differences in environmental conditions such as the weather.

Similarities

When it comes to CodeMark certification, both sets of Scheme Rules;

      1. Have definitions for the roles of participants in each CodeMark certification for each scheme.
        • Both define Certificate Holder Responsibilities among these roles.
        • These definitions are substantially similar but not identical.
      2. Both schemes require and define a Product Quality Plan as;
        • A document addressing, as a minimum, all of the matters specified in the Requirements for a Product Quality Plan at Appendix 1 and specifying which procedures and associated resources must be applied by whom and when to a specific Product and its manufacture, consistent with ISO 9001 or ISO 10005:2005.

Information about the New Zealand CodeMark Scheme

MBIE, our Ministry of  Business Innovation and Enterprise owns and governs the  CodeMark scheme in New Zealand.

MBIE’s Building Performance website describes  “How CodeMark works” at this page.

Two documents cover the New Zealand CodeMark scheme rules

The 2009 version of the CodeMark Scheme Rules applicable in New Zealand are here (PDF download)

The 2010 amendments that are currently applicable are here (PDF download)

Information about the CodeMark Australia Scheme

ABCB, the Australian Building Codes Board owns and governs the CodeMark Australia scheme.

ABCB’s website describes the CodeMark Australia Scheme here

The current (2016) edition of the CodeMark Australia Certification Scheme Rules are here

Important differences in the auditing requirements for Product Quality Plans 

For JAS-ANZ accredited CodeMark product certification here in NZ,

      1. A JAS-ANZ CodeMark accredited product certification body (CB) must include an audit of their client’s PQP (Product Quality Plan)  at the manufacturer’s premises to verify that NZ Building Code requirements are taken into account in the design, development, production and supply of the product;
      2. And that applies to a CB’s CodeMark clients who are wholesale or retail trade suppliers with no direct involvement in the product’s manufacturing processes;
      3. In most cases, there is no requirement to audit a manufacturer’s suppliers beyond the demonstrable effectiveness of the evaluation and control procedures evident in the PQP.
        • However, in some cases, the CB may decide that such a visit is appropriate. As an example, if the certificate holder is an assembler and one of the components is the critical component, then the CB might ask to visit the manufacturer of the critical component.

For JAS-ANZ accredited CodeMark Australia product certification;

      1. A JAS-ANZ CodeMark Australia accredited product certification body (CB) must audit their client’s PQP (Product Quality Plan) to verify that Australian Building Code requirements are taken into account in the design, development, production and supply of the product, but a visit to the manufacturing facility is not mandatory. The CB has to ensure that a PQP exists and is maintained under the auspices of the certificate holder.
      2. For a CB’s CodeMark clients who are wholesale or retail trade suppliers with no involvement in the product’s manufacturing processes, the PQP must include the steps taken to ensure the manufacturer takes Australian Building Code requirements into account in the design, development, production and supply of the product.
      3. There is no requirement to audit a manufacturer’s suppliers beyond the demonstrable effectiveness of the evaluation and control procedures evident in the PQP.

 

How can Clearline Services Ltd help you with CodeMark?

We can help you with;

    1. Developing a Product Quality Plan according to the guidance in ISO 10005:2005;
      • Please note that ISO 10005:2005 has been superseded by ISO 10005:2018 Quality management-guidance for quality plans
    2. Training in quality management systems, tools and techniques, internal auditing, investigation and problem-solving;
    3. Internal auditing, facilitating management reviews, investigating and resolving issues that arise day-to-day or systemically:
    4. Developing a Quality Management System that will add value to your whole organisation in accordance with ISO 9001:2015 Quality management systems-Requirements, as per our other services on this website.

Please note that we are able to provide the greater part of this remotely via electronic media such as Skype, Zoom, MSTeams, Google Hangouts and Messenger (if necessary)

Waiver:

Please note that whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on this page is accurate, Clearline Services Ltd is unable to accept any responsibility for errors and/or omissions.  Users should seek verification as necessary from MBIE in New Zealand, The ABCB in Australia, JAS-ANZ or their product certification body. 

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