How to Guide: Becoming certified & understanding AS/NZS 5377

AS/NZS5377 is the management system standard developed by the Australian Government Department of the Environment and the New Zealand Ministry of Environment. The standard aims to provide a uniform approach management of e-waste activities, mostly around safety and environmental concerns. The standard is divided into 5 sections. The first section applies to all businesses, and the remaining 4 sections are specific to different recycling and reuse functions.


Section 1 outlines the general requirements of the standard that are applicable to all organisations. This section provides a framework for identification of legal and other requirements to manage business functions as well as risks related to safety and environment. This section of the standard requires organisations to consider the following:

  • The requirement to identify relevant legislation and licensing requirements
  • Risk assessment processes and emergency response and identification of training needs
  • Records management and data security
  • Ensuring requirements for refurbishment of equipment and disposal to landfill are met.

This section of the standard will apply to all businesses regardless of the activities being undertaken. Which section of the standard that will apply to your business will depend on what activities are being undertaken. Compass Assurance has qualified auditors with a range of experience in e waste that can help you through the two-step audit process.


Our auditor will come to your site and perform a stage 1 audit which looks at your current processes and aligns them with the relevant section of AS/NZS5377 for the activities your organization undertakes. We provide you with a stage 1 audit report which will identify any ‘gaps’ or nonconformance’s.


When you are ready for stage 2, we will perform a more in-depth audit; which will look at the implementation of your processes in line with the requirements of AS/NZS5377. Again, we will provide an audit report; which will outline where you meet the standard, and whether there are any areas of your system you need to address in order to fully comply. Once you’ve achieved certification you will be issued with an accredited certificate which is valid for three years. As part of maintaining your certification to AS/NZS5377 you will be required to undertake surveillance audits over the three-year period.


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