the official website of the ACRS certification scheme for construction steels. We deliver confidence in steel materials supply through:
Independent, Expert, Third Party
Certification & Verification of
Reinforcing, Prestressing &
The Australasian Certification Authority for Reinforcing and Structural Steels, “ACRS” (until 4 September 2013, called the Australian Certification Authority for Reinforcing Steels) administers an independent, expert, industry-based, third-party product certification scheme, certifying manufacturers and suppliers of reinforcing, prestressing and structural steels to Australian and New Zealand Standards.ACRS is supported and endorsed by member companies ranging across engineering, inspection, manufacture, government, and importantly, customer bodies.
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.
ACRS currently certifies over 150 manufacturing locations, in 15 countries around the world, and has undertaken more than 500 technical conformity assessments to AS/NZS steel Standards.
"The continued manufacture and supply of reliable, safe, consistent quality reinforcing, prestressing and structural steels to Australian/New Zealand Standards".
Reinforcing, prestressing and structural steels steels have arrived on construction sites that fail to meet the minimum requirements of the applicable AS/NZS Standards. Non-complying materials have been shown to result in project delays (for instance, requiring additional testing), cause consequential costs to involved parties (for instance, requiring substantial redesign) and even ended in court cases. Some of the problems identified are:
Quite simply, ACRS certification reduces the risk of buying and using steel which does not meet minimum requirements, and enables feedback and corrective action in case problems arise. Major construction clients, designers and contractors, worldwide, recognise and even specify ACRS and it's Product Certification Scheme to confirm the the technical competence of suppliers and gain assurance of consistent product quality.
An important point to emphasise is that ACRS is voluntary and inclusive of imported steel. Our goal is simply to ensure that construction steels are quality-approved materials, meeting Australian and New Zealand Standards, and thereby maintaining confidence in infrastructure and building construction.
Having invested so much in good Product Certification, it's essential that the market entrusts assessment to a Product Certification Body that understands the product and its supply chain.
Achieving ACRS Product Certification requires considerable effort and commitment from a manufacturer. By achieving ACRS Product Certification the manufacturer, his customers and structure owners will have the confidence that comes from knowing ACRS Certified Firms are strictly monitored throughout each year and periodically assessed by specialised ACRS assessors. ACRS approval is the beginning to improved process and business performance, as well as a credible supply chain.
ACRS Certified Firms have the opportunity to benefit from ACRS' own, continuing publicity programme and perhaps to take part in joint promotional campaigns. ACRS provides free marketing support to promote successful approval and allows manufacturers to display the ACRS Mark on publicity and stationery. In order to assist steel users as well as steel manufacturers, ACRS will be pleased to provide speakers for internal or external seminars, conferences and meetings.
All ACRS Certified Firms, and their scopes of approval are automatically included in the "Certificate Holders" section of this web site.
ACRS welcomes comment and feedback from the construction industry to ensure that its programme is relevant, focused and continues to meet the needs of participants and users.
The Australasian Certification Authority for Reinforcing and Structural Steels
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