About us

Who we are

Standards New Zealand is a business unit within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. We are New Zealand's leading developer of standards and standards based solutions

The majority of our standards are developed in partnership with Standards Australia. As New Zealand's representative for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), Standards New Zealand ensures that New Zealand has a voice in the international standards community.

What we do

We specialise in managing the development and publication of standards and standards-related publications. We also publish and sell New Zealand, joint Australian/New Zealand and International standards.

Standards are agreed specifications for products, processes, services, and performance and are generally voluntary, but can be mandatory when cited in Acts, regulations, or other legislative instruments.

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Standards New Zealand is not a certification body, so we cannot determine whether products comply with standards. This role is fulfilled by certification, testing and inspection bodies, which could be accredited by accreditation bodies.

If you need to have a product or service tested in an accredited laboratory you will need to visit the website of International Accreditation New Zealand (external link)  (IANZ). If your organisation is looking to obtain certification for a particular management system standard or if your query is about specific product certification you will need to contact an accredited certification body. Certification bodies are accredited by Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (external link)  (JAS-ANZ)

Last updated 5 October 2017