|The Bolt Importer Charter scheme is the latest steel construction industry quality assurance programme. This complements the Steel Fabrication Certification programme launched in 2014 and the Structural Steel Distributor Charter launched in 2019. The Bolt Importer Charter ensures that fasteners and anchor bolts supplied to the local steel construction sector are sourced using good procurement practice and represents a mark of excellence for bolt importers in New Zealand.
Charter ScopeThe Charter covers the sourcing of structural fastener assemblies and threaded anchor rods to the following manufacturing standards:
Charter RequirementsThe Charter requires bolt importers to operate a Quality Management System (QMS) that complies with the conditions of the scheme as verified by an independent audit.
The importer must appoint an assessor with relevant experience to undertake the audit process. Auditors are required to be either from HERA Certification or accredited to offer QMS certification by an appropriate party i.e. a signatory to the International Accreditation Forum’s Multilateral Recognition Agreement (e.g. JAS-ANZ).
Key audit requirements:
Minimum new supplier due diligence and supplier quality monitoring verification test requirements are specified in the scheme implementation rules.
Evidence of ComplianceEvidence of compliance with the Bolt Importer Charter comprises a valid QMS certificate as well as written confirmation from the bolt importer’s assessor that the scope of certification meets the requirements of the scheme rules.
The SCNZ Bolt Import Charter will be launched in 2021.
For a copy of the Bolt Importer Charter fact sheet, please click here.