The CemAssure Scheme provides a process of third party review of the conformity of despatched product for cement, flyash, slag and amorphous silica products with prevailing and Australian and New Zealand Standards.
Conformity will be assessed against the provisions of the prevailing Australasian Standard, namely:
- AS 3972 – general purpose and blended cements
- NZS 3122 - Specification for Portland and blended cements (General and special purpose)
- NZS 3125 - Specification for portland-limestone filler cement
- NZS 3123 - Specification for pozzolan for use with Portland and blended cement
- AS/NZS 3582.1 Supplementary cementitious materials Part 1: Fly ash
- AS 3582.2 Supplementary cementitious materials Part 2: Slag
- AS/NZS 3582.3 Supplementary cementitious materials Part 3: Amorphous Silica
Evaluation and audit activities will be undertaken initially, and on a six-monthly basis, by a Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) engaged by the CemAssure Board and accredited by JAS-ANZ to ISO/IEC 17065 Conformity Assessment – Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services and the requirements in Part 2 of this scheme.
The outcome of the evaluation by the CAB will be a decision to certify, or maintain certification or otherwise, the product under the CemAssure Scheme. The decision to register is based on the certification awarded by the CAB and is made by the CemAssure Board.
The evaluation of products is made against the current version of the standard at the time of application. Where standards change, transition arrangements will be developed and communicated by the CemAssure Board.
CemAssure Limited is the Scheme Owner, and is a separate company to existing industry bodies. The Scheme will be under the overview of the CemAssure Scheme Technical Manager. Governance will be provided by the CemAssure Board representing all major nodes in the concrete supply chain – cement manufacturers, concrete producers, specifiers, procurement and the industry professional institution.
The CemAssure Board has nominated the CemAssure Scheme Technical Manager to prepare and summarise information arising from audits, and any other relevant information, for review by the Board in registering products.
The CemAssure Board retains the right to suspend or cancel registration where complaints indicate, and investigation verifies, that products no longer comply with certification requirements. Should the CemAssure Board decide to suspend or cancel registration, reasons for the decision will be conveyed to the CAB and scheme participant in writing.
Those products found to be conforming to the relevant Standard provisions will be publicly listed on the CemAssure website.
Board Impartiality and Confidentiality
The management structure of the CemAssure Scheme ensures the impartiality of the Scheme officers. Any risks to the impartiality of the Scheme (outside of those identified by the CAB in complying with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17065) will be identified and documented by the Scheme Owner. This will be addressed by the Governing Board and any actions arising noted and implemented.
It should be noted that the members of the Governing Board of the Scheme and the Scheme officers are not directly employed by any of the participating material participants.
The CemAssure Scheme will operate according to the Trade Practices requirements of Australian Commonwealth law. As such, all information generated through the undertaking of product assessments, and the subsequent management of documentation, will remain confidential to those directly involved in the Scheme and shall not be publicly disclosed to any other parties.
The information placed in the public domain shall be solely the disposition of a product’s registration disclosed on the Scheme’s website.
Confidentiality between the CemAssure Scheme Owner and CAB is outlined in the contract between the two entities.