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To achieve this, we’re looking for innovators to repurpose standards – or parts of them – in digital formats to increase their uptake and usefulness.

We have a ‘value-add’ programme (VAP) that lets digital innovators partner with us to generate services and applications using our standards content to provide greater benefits for end-users.

Our aim is to help with the creation of these solutions by providing copyright pathways at the beginning of product development, rather than take ownership of the solutions.

Accordingly, we can neither subsidise the work of innovators, nor endorse products. Rather, we negotiate commercial arrangements with innovators who develop products through our programme. Our VAP is designed to allow third parties to find new ways to better deliver standards content, supplementing the traditional 'all of book' approach.

Typically, our VAP partners are entrepreneurs who distill standards content into formats that allow end users to quickly and easily access standards content that is essential for the work they are undertaking. Other innovators have developed compliance assessment tools that check processes and work against standards baselines.

Entrepreneurs create these tools and take them to market, typically working with us in a revenue sharing model or bespoke copyright licence once the solutions are viable.

We can also provide VAP copyright pathways for business owners (or regulators) who want to build tools for their staff to use in applying standards or evaluating levels of standards compliance.

If you have a concept for a product or service based on standards content, such as a smartphone app or another type of digital tool, we’d like to hear from you. This is your opportunity to test user-focused ideas in the world of standards and help grow New Zealand for all.

The application process is simple and details are available on request.

If you're interested in delivering standards content in new and innovative ways email valueadd@standards.govt.nz

Last updated: 17 March 2021