Direction on Wool Test Certification This ``Direction on Wool Test Certification'' is made by the New Zealand Wool Board (``the Board'') pursuant to its authority contained in section 21 (1) of the Wool Industry Act 1977 (``the Act''). The intention of this Direction is to further enhance the integrity of the New Zealand wool testing industry and to enhance the utilisation of objective measurement of wool. Notice of this Direction is being given as required by section 21 (5) of the Act. The Direction may be amended from time to time. Any such amendments will be published in this New Zealand Gazette or as otherwise provided by the Act. For the purposes of this Direction raw wool is defined as greasy wool; wool which has been scoured, carbonised, washed or solvent degreased; scoured skin wools; washed skin wools; and slipe wools. Raw wool consists of wool fibre together with variable amounts of vegetable matter and extraneous alkali insoluble impurities, mineral matter, wool waxes, suint and moisture. The Board has considered various requests from the National Council of New Zealand Wool Interests Incorporated and the New Zealand Council of Wool Exporters Incorporated to have put in place a system of compulsory registration of New Zealand wool testing laboratories which provide certified results/test certificates used in the sale transactions of parcels of raw wool. Accordingly the Board hereby DIRECTS that from 1 July 1994, no certified results/test certificates shall be supplied or displayed in connection with the offering of raw wool for sale in New Zealand or for export overseas unless the following criteria are met: (1) That every certified result/test certificate be issued on the basis of a test authorised by the Board and carried out according to a standard test method published by the International Wool Textile Organisation, the Standards Association of New Zealand, the American Society of Testing and Materials, or any other national or international body that may be recognised by the Board. (2) That any such certified results/test certificates be issued by an authorised wool testing laboratory that is both registered for the test(s) conducted with the Testing Laboratory Registration Council of New Zealand (TELARC) under their registered laboratory programme or by a body recognised as equivalent by TELARC and approved by the New Zealand Wool Board and authorised for the test(s) by the New Zealand Wool Board. (Notification by the New Zealand Wool Board that a laboratory is authorised for specific tests will only and shall be given once registration is granted for those tests.) (3) Where certified results/test certificates are supplied or displayed in connection with the offering of wool for sale in New Zealand or for export overseas only the Board authorised Tests and associated Sampling Procedures, Test Methods and Format of Certificates as detailed in the attached addendum will apply. Supplementary Points (a) This Direction does not preclude the issuing of certified results/test certificates for components of authorised test methods, standard mathematical adjustments of results or mathematical combinations of results using standard mathematical procedures. Any such procedures used must have TELARC approval. (b) This Direction does not preclude the issuing of certificates which are a summary of authorised test results. (c) This Direction does not preclude issuing of certified results/test certificates where a particular component of a certified test (or tests) has been done at one laboratory and another component of the test (or tests) contracted to another laboratory, provided both the participating laboratories are registered for their respective roles with TELARC or a body considered by TELARC as equivalent and approved by New Zealand Wool Board. In addition, the issued certificate must clearly show the laboratories involved and what authorised tests each has conducted. (d) The standard terminology given in the format for IWTO certificates should be used whenever possible. This Direction does not, however, preclude the issuing of post sale certificates with wording at variance to the authorised format, provided the variation is only done to accommodate differences resulting from the language translation of standard documents. (e) The procedure for the addition of new test methods to the list of the New Zealand Wool Board authorised Tests shall be: (i) A test method is developed and/or identified as being appropriate and compatible with the New Zealand wool marketing objective measurement activity. (ii) The test method is published by a body recognised by the New Zealand Wool Board. (iii) Copies of the standard test method document are made available to the New Zealand Wool Board, National Council of New Zealand Wool Interests Incorporated, TELARC and other interested parties. (iv) The New Zealand Wool Board and the National Council of New Zealand Wool Interests Incorporated discuss the test method and if the test method be considered appropriate and compatible with New Zealand Wool a time frame for its introduction and authorisation be established. (v) The New Zealand Wool Board prepares an updated addendum to this New Zealand Gazette notice thereby giving authorisation to the new test method from an agreed date. (vi) Interested wool testing laboratories apply to TELARC for registration for the particular test. (vii) From the date of introduction and following the granting of TELARC registration and Wool Board authorisation certified results/test certificates can be issued by the authorised wool testing laboratory for the new authorised test method. (viii) Publicity (nationally and/or internationally) for the new authorised test method is provided by the New Zealand Wool Board, National Council of New Zealand Wool Interests Incorporated and other appropriate wool industry sector groups. (f) The results of test methods not authorised by the New Zealand Wool Board can only be issued in the form of test reports. (g) The issuing of any certified results/test certificates that are not in accordance with this Direction will constitute an offence against the Wool Industry Act 1977. (h) An appeal procedure will be provided to consider points of concern or dispute that may arise between the parties concerned during the assessment, reassessment or registration process. Any such appeal will be presented to the Laboratory Registration Advisory Committee who will make a recommendation to the National Council of New Zealand Wool Interests Incorporated and TELARC, who in turn may make recommendations to the New Zealand Wool Board to authorise a change in registration requirements, covered in this Direction. (i) With effect from 1 July 1994, the following Directions are hereby consequentially revoked: (1) Direction on Wool Test Certification dated 29 March 1990 and published in the New Zealand Gazette on 5 April 1990. (2) Direction on Wool Test Certification, Amendment No. 1, dated 3 August 1993 and published in the New Zealand Gazette on 5 August 1993. Dated this the 25th day of May 1994. A. KANE, Director, New Zealand Wool Board. Addendum Number One to the Direction on Wool Test Certification Dated 25 May 1994 Where certified results/test certificates are supplied or displayed in connection with the offering of wool for sale in New Zealand or for export overseas the Board authorises the following Tests and associated Sampling Procedures, Test Methods and Certificate Formats. Testing of Wool Relevant Standards and Specifications 1. Sampling (a) Grab sampling. IWTO-38. (b) Manual core sampling. IWTO Core Test Regulations; IWTO Condition Testing Regulations for Scoured and Carbonised Wool. (c) Machine core sampling. IWTO Core Test Regulations; IWTO Condition Testing Regulations for Scoured and Carbonised Wool. (d) Subsampling staples from grab samples. IWTO-7. (e) Hand sampling scoured wool. IWTO Condition Testing Regulations for Scoured and Carbonised Wool(para. 3.4). 2. Conditioning (a) Standard laboratory atmosphere. ISO 139. (b) Methods of Tests for Textiles Conditioning Procedures Method A, B, C, D. AS 2001.1. 3. Fibre Diameter (a) Determination of wool fibre diameter by the projection microscope. IWTO-8. (b) Mean fibre diameter by airflow method. IWTO-28. (c) Measurement of the mean and distribution of fibre diameter by Sirolan-Laserscan. IWTO-12. 4. Wool Yield (a) Yield/wool base plus vegetable matter. IWTO-19; IWTO Core Test Regulations; ASTM D584; ASTM D1113. 5. Colour (a) Colour. NZS 8707; IWTO (E)-14. 6. Staple Length and Staple Strength Determination of mean staple length and staple strength. IWTO Staple Test Regulations; AS2810; IWTO-30. 7. Bulk Method for the measurement of the Bulk of Raw Wool. NZS 8716; New Zealand Standard Bulk Test Regulations (National Council of New Zealand Wool Interests Incorporated Resolution 23 May 1994). 8. Scoured Wool Tests (a) Condition testing. IWTO Condition Testing Regulations for Scoured and Carbonised Wool; IWTO-33; ASTM D1576. (b) Residual grease testing. IWTO-10; IWTO (E)-(T.M.E. Endorsed by IWTO on 4 May 1989); ASTM D1574. (c) Vegetable matter and other alkali-insoluble impurities in scoured wool. IWTO-19; ASTM D1113. (d) Ash content. IWTO-19; ASTM 584. (e) Ethyl-alcohol extractables. IWTO-19; ASTM 584. (f) Method for the measurement of the fibre length after carding of scoured wool. NZS 8719; New Zealand Standard Length After Carding Regulations (National Council of New Zealand Wool Interests Incorporated Resolution 16 October 1992). 9. Additional Parameters (a) Determination of percentage of medullated fibres by projection microscope. IWTO-8. (b) pH of water extract. IWTO-2. 10. Matching and Interlotting of Wool (a) Combined certificate for yield and fineness. IWTO-31. (b) Combined certificate for colour. NZS 8707; IWTO (E)-14. (c) Objectively matched interlots. National Council of New Zealand Wool Interests Incorporated Resolution 9 May 1988 (endorsed by IWTO 7 June 1988). (d) Objectively matched interlots. Amendment to IWTO Core Test Regulations endorsed by IWTO 31 March 1994. 11. Certification (a) Format of IWTO certificate. Format for IWTO Test Certificates. (b) Requirements for the issue of test certificates for raw wool. IWTO Core Test Regulations. (c) Requirements for the issue of test certificates for scoured and carbonised wool. IWTO Condition Testing Regulations for Scoured and Carbonised Wool. Dated this, the 25th day of May 1994. A. KANE, Director, New Zealand Wool Board.