Update from the Manager, Standards NZ

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Welcome to our November update on what’s been going on in the life of Standards New Zealand.

World Standards Day

This is a significant event for the international standards community, held each year on 14 October. It’s a great opportunity for us to profile the role that standards play in the lives of New Zealanders and pay tribute to the thousands of experts who contribute to standards development.

We celebrated World Standards Day this year with an expo at our Wellington offices, together with various standards-related organisations. It was an excellent opportunity for attendees to learn more about New Zealand’s quality infrastructure: standards, accreditation, measurement and conformance. Informative workshops were held in parallel and the day concluded with a recognition ceremony for retiring standards committee members. Read more

ISO and IEC annual gatherings

The 42nd International Organization for Standardization (ISO) General Assembly 2019 was held in Cape Town, South Africa, in mid-September. I attended, together with Sanjai Raj, the New Zealand Standards Executive and General Manager, Consumer Protection and Standards at MBIE. It was a valuable opportunity for member countries to contribute our thoughts to ISO’s strategy for a better future through awareness and use of international standards. Read more

And our International Relationships Senior Advisor, Steve Lowes, attended the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) General Meeting in Shanghai in mid-October. This gathering combines management and technical meetings, bringing together key stakeholders to discuss current issues and decide the future direction and strategy for the IEC. We will share more details with you next month.

3-year agreement signed with Energy Safety (WorkSafe)

In a major step forward in the funding of standards-related services, we recently signed a three-year contract with WorkSafe New Zealand. The agreement provides for a wide range of services to support local, trans-Tasman and international standards for gas and electrical safety. Read more

What’s coming up

We – together with IANZ, JAS-ANZ and MBIE – will be hosting a standards and accreditation seminar for health and disability sector agencies on 13 November at our Wellington offices. If you operate in this sector and are going to be in town, join us for what promises to be a lively and engaging seminar. We’ll explore how the regulation, international standards and accreditation community can work with the health and disability sector to minimise risk and help deliver positive health outcomes for New Zealanders. Register here

Carmen Mak
Manager, Standards New Zealand

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