CMA Authority awards first Mark of Approval
The Concrete Manufacturers Association Certification Services (CMA CS) has undertaken its first complete initial assessments and certified a number of products on behalf of its maiden client, Bosun Bricks.
Initial assessments were undertaken to test compliance with SANS specifications on a number of different precast concrete products manufactured by the company that need to be certified to meet engineering and architectural specifications. The CMA CS Mark of Approval is the first non-SABS mark to be used in the concrete industry since legislation was changed to allow multiple certification authorities to undertake certification of SANS standards.
Born from the need to professionalise the certification of products within the precast concrete industry, CMA CS was established under the wing of the Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA). This was in response to undue delays in the issuing of SANS certification from the current certification body that had the potential to harm member companies whose products needed certification to meet customer requirements. David Wertheim Aymes, Bosun Bricks MD said that adherence to standards is critical and that the establishment of CMA CS is a step in the right direction for the concrete industry.
“SANS specifications are compiled by industry experts who deem them suitable for the type of product being manufactured. Thereafter it is the role of the certification agency to measure and certify that a product meets these standards, where after a Mark of Approval can be issued as proof to customers and end-users. “We are pleased to have been the first to be certified. The auditor was comprehensive and the process from start to finish was considerably quicker than it had been traditionally with SABS auditors,” said Wertheim Aymes. He added that Bosun Bricks will heavily advertise its newly acquired Mark of Approval in the media, on packaging and all other areas of business where it needs to be visible.