What ACRS Does

ACRS unique, 2-stage certification scheme conducts 8 areas of review and decision-making of the conformity of steel products to one or more of 19 applicable Standards ( “Product Requirements”) and, additionally, the requirements of the ACRS scheme giving confidence to end-users that the finished steel delivered to construction projects has been suitably assessed for conformity.

All ACRS assessment and review is undertaken by ACRS own qualified and experienced metallurgists and engineers, and all certification decisions are made by an ACRS expert committee drawn from specifiers, designers, and consumer peak bodies to deliver the most rigorous scheme available for certification of steel construction materials to Australian and New Zealand requirements.

1.

Quality Management System validation

ACRS reviews the company’s Quality Management System for both Stage 1 and Stage 2 certification. The QMS should meet the requirements of AS/NZS ISO 9001. Whilst Certification to ISO 9001 is preferred, it is not mandatory under ACRS the scheme, except where required by the Standard to which ACRS is assessing the company for certification.

The ACRS assessment process more closely examines capabilities and performance in relation to sourcing and handling of incoming materials, batch identity and traceability, product sampling, testing and inspection procedures, process control, and treatment of nonconforming product.

2.

Independent product sampling and testing

ACRS samples across the full range of each company’s product for property testing and measurement at each assessment (most commonly annually, but more frequently when required by ACRS). In addition, ACRS conducts a statistical comparison of the company’s certificated release results, results obtained from the audit samples as tested by the manufacturer, and results obtained from independent NATA accredited laboratories selected by ACRS for their specific expertise in testing of these materials

3.

Statistical analysis of production output

ACRS conducts statistical assessments every three-months of the manufacturer’s release property data results to ensure Long Term Quality performance across all ACRS Approved Materials remains satisfactory.

4.

Product identification

To improve product identification and traceability, ACRS requires that every ACRS certificate holder uses unique markings and labelling for its ACRS approved materials to identify both the manufacturer and the product so that the market can easily identify those materials approved by ACRS from any other materials.

These unique markings and labels can be found with each company certificate on the ACRS website.

5.

All products, all locations

ACRS requires all products made and supplied to ACRS Product Requirements by the Certified Firm are covered by ACRS certification. That is, any company certified by ACRS must have all such products certified, not just some. The Firm cannot have only some products certified, but not others, or some sites producing such products certified, but not others.

ACRS policy ensures that the Certificate holder is openly declaring to the market that all its products supplied to the Product Requirements are included under its ACRS certification, so that any specifier, purchaser, or user can be assured that the products received have been reviewed by ACRS.

6.

Product traceability

ACRS assesses materials traceability between ACRS Stage 1 and Stage 2 certificate holders to confirm that each ACRS Stage 2 certificate holder is supplying only ACRS Approved Materials to its customers.

Additionally, ACRS operates a separate, voluntary Traceability Scheme for additional assurance to product users and building certifiers, that materials traders, suppliers, and distributors are also managing their supply of ACRS certified materials.

7.

Certificates issued only for 12-months, and regularly updated

ACRS issues certification for successful applicants valid only for the calendar year in which they are issued. New, unique certificates are issued only to those certificate holders who have successfully demonstrated to ACRS that they have maintained conformity with Standards and the ACRS scheme requirements during the previous calendar year. Maintaining a continuing review through the year, ACRS updates certificates as necessary to ensure certificates are kept up to date.

8.

Suspension, or termination of ACRS certification for noncompliance

ACRS suspends, or withdraws certificates, and in extreme cases terminates a company’s certification entirely, where performance by any certificate holder is found to be below the requirements of the ACRS scheme and its institutional stakeholders (for instance, Austroads member specifications).

Our mission:

"The continued manufacture and supply of
reliable, safe, consistent quality reinforcing,
prestressing and structural steels to Australian/New Zealand Standards".

What is ACRS?

The Australasian Certification Authority for Reinforcing and Structural Steels (“ACRS”) owns and administers three consumer-oriented, independent, expert, not-for-profit, third-party steel certification schemes: Product Conformity; Product Traceability, and; Quality Systems.

Members

ACRS is supported and endorsed by member companies ranging across engineering, inspection, manufacture, government, and importantly, customer bodies.

Formation

ACRS was formed by industry in 2000, using an internationally recognised model for steel certification established in UK 30 years ago. ACRS is structured around the requirements of the international Standard for bodies operating product certification systems, ISO/IEC 17065.

Track record

ACRS currently certifies over 160 manufacturing locations, in 20 countries around the world, and has undertaken more than 1200 technical conformity assessments to AS/NZS steel Standards.


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ACRS VISION AND MISSION

Sets out our purpose.
Current Version: December 2019
(Updated 26 June 2020)

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