Japanese audit of JAS scheme in Brisbane

News /
2 April 2012
Japanese audit of JAS scheme in Brisbane
Technical officer Susanne Steiger briefs representatives of FAMIC at EWPAA’s laboratory in Brisbane.

Representatives of the Japanese Food and Agricultural Materials Inspection Centre (FAMIC) were in Brisbane recently for the annual audit of the JAS standards program that certifies plywood and LVL use in Japan.

The JAS (Japan Agricultural Standard) program refers to the certification system that attaches the JAS marks to products inspected in accordance with requirements of Japan’s Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

FAMIC was created in 2007 with the task of improving the quality and labelling of agricultural and forest products and to ensure the quality and safety of fertiliser, agricultural chemicals, feed and feed additives and soil improvement materials in the interests of consumers. The centre works in close collaboration with the Japanese government, other national agencies, prefecture governments and international organisations.

The EWPAA has just received JAS-ANZ accreditation for sawn timber and wood packaging.

This will expand the services EWPAA can provide to the wood product manufacturing industry and allow Australian-made wood products to meet international phytosanitary requirements.

The accreditation will also make it far easier for EWPAA members to market wood products in a number of different applications.

The general manager of the Engineered Woods Products Association of Australasia Simon Dorries visited Japan in mid-January where he discussed extension of the EWPAA JIS certification standard with government and building authorities.

The JIS marking system is governed by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

Mr Dorries met with officers of the Japanese Ministry of Forestry and visited the Japanese Centre for Destruction Material Testing in the village of Asa. The visit works towards accreditation to certify Australasian decorative overlay board in Japan.

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