NATA pushes for accredited travel testing for COVID-19 to meet global standards
With Australia’s international borders soon to re-open, NATA has been actively urging the Australian Federal Government, aviation companies and international travel agencies to mandate use of accredited COVID-19 testing organisations and procedures to provide travellers assurance and confidence the tests conform to globally recognised standards.
While vaccination rates are rising around the world, vaccinated persons can still carry COVID so the need for diligent testing for both arriving and departing international travellers will continue to be a focus.
NATA believes that any laboratory performing COVID-19 tests should not only be accredited, but also be recognised under the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) framework.
In Australia, NATA has already accredited more than 160 facilities for COVID-19 tests including polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and more recently, Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT).
NATA firmly believes that specifying accreditation for COVID-19 is the only way for regulators to ensure the reliability of tests and to help reduce the impact on health, trade and the Australian economy.
View NATA CEO, Jennifer Evans, discussing travel testing with the BBC.
View NATA’s official Media Release
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Why NATA? A new video series
“You can’t be what you can’t see” is often used as a motto to encourage diversity.
NATA, Australia’s leading accreditation authority, is using “they say you can’t be what you can’t see” as a vision to deliver a new video series that brings visibility to the NATA brand and showcases and promotes the benefits of accreditation.
Titled ‘Why NATA?’, the series uses video storytelling to make an emotional connection by highlighting what NATA does and the role it plays in helping consumers, in every aspect of their daily lives – from the water we drink, the food we eat, the houses we live in or the cars we drive.
NATA produced the first episode as a “proof of concept” which you can see https://bit.ly/3pcBWNK
The spot features a family going about their daily routine and highlights how NATA impacts their lives and how standards exist all around them.
NATA is now planning to produce a series of episodes which will touch upon the many industries NATA works with, from agribusiness, animal health, the environment and human pathology, to forensic science and sleep disorders.
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