Standards development committees are central to the standards development process. They make an immense contribution to their sector and to New Zealand as a whole. They work on a transparent and consensus-based approach that leads to the development of standards solutions that are robust and workable.
Committees are comprised of appointed members who are experts within their profession and who have been nominated by organisations that will be directly affected by the final standards solution. We have some of the best and brightest people within their fields serving on standards development committees.
Committee members work together to develop content for the standards solution, with input from other interested parties during the public consultation period. This inclusive process generates wide support and recognition for the final standards solution and ensures it is fit for purpose.
Standards span an enormous breadth of subject areas including engineering, building, adventure tourism, organic production, health and disability, gas and electricity, energy efficiency, and risk management. They range from technical guidelines for earthquake resistant building design to safety specifications for household electrical appliances and screening and intervention guidelines for family violence.
We invite organisations that represent the views of a large, usually national, group with a common interest in the area being addressed by the standards solution to nominate a representative for the committee. We appoint members from the nominations received – working to ensure the committee is balanced and has a good mixture of expert knowledge and experience. The final composition of the committee must be approved by the Standards Approval Board.
Nominating organisations may be regulators, professional bodies, research agencies, manufacturers, end users, or others with an interest in the subject.
Examples of nominating organisations include the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand; Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners; the Timber Industry Federation; the Fire Protection Association of New Zealand, and the Building Research Association of New Zealand. Government agencies that act as nominating organisations include the Ministry of Health; the Department of Internal Affairs, and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
By being involved in the development of a standards solution, committee members are able to directly contribute to and shape the direction of their sector. The process can also support a committee member’s professional development by:
Some professional organisations award ‘continual professional development points’ for standards development involvement that count towards a professional certification, for example, Information Technology Certified Professional.
Last updated 30 June 2016