About us

We are New Zealand's leading developer of standards and standards based solutions. Under the Standards and Accreditation Act 2015, on 1 March 2016 we became part of the Consumer Protection and Standards branch of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. There is more information on the Act on our website

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 is a standard?

Standards are agreed specifications for products, processes, services, and performance. If, for example, an electrical product is marked as meeting a standard, it means it meets the minimum safety requirements.  

Standards are generally voluntary, but can be mandatory when cited in Acts, regulations, or other legislative instruments. Standards may also be referenced in regulations as one means of compliance or as an acceptable solution under those regulations, without being mandatory. Standards are a successful way to bridge government regulation and industry self-regulation.

How is a standard developed?

Committee members who are experts in their fields draft the standard (or revise or amend an existing standard) and we manage the development process.

We have some of the best and brightest people within their fields serving on standards development committees. Their time, expertise, and knowledge are crucial to delivering standards solutions that are relevant and practical. For example, we have members on a joint Australian/New Zealand committee on electrical safety of household appliances. This committee manages a large number of standards vital to consumer safety and satisfaction, ranging from toasters to ovens, to washing machines, to hand-held power tools. 

Why do we need standards?

We use standards to improve our lives in a wide number of ways.

Testing and certification

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 (IANZ). The IANZ website lists accredited laboratories including a description (scope) of the product/service testing capabilities of each accredited laboratory.

If your organisation is looking to obtain certification for a particular management system standard (e.g. ISO 9001, ISO 14001 or ISO 22000), 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 (JAS-ANZ). The JAS-ANZ website includes a register which identifies each accredited certification body including a description (scope) of the management system standards and/or product certification standards it is competent to certify against.

If you have a query about the certification status of a particular organisation, the JAS-ANZ register has a Certified Body search function. The register identifies organisations that have been independently certified or inspected by a JAS-ANZ accredited certification body and issued with an authentic certificate.

If your query is about inspection body services, you can contact either IANZ or JAS-ANZ as both organisations offer accreditation of this service.

Last updated 6 June 2017