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

Please note that we do not test products to particular standards and we are not a certification body. If you wish to have a product or service tested or certified to a standard you will need to contact a certifying body. For a list of these organisations, please contact either International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) or Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ).

 → read more about standards and development committees on our resources page

→ read our case studies on the way businesses – large and small – benefit from standards 

Last updated 1 March 2016