Review of aged standards

It is essential that standards mirror current practice, are technologically up to date, and reflect present thinking on safety, quality, and environmental impact. To ensure this, Standards New Zealand (Standards NZ) and Standards Australia work together to ensure that joint standards are current, and continue to support trans-Tasman harmonisation where possible.

Standards NZ and Standards Australia are currently reviewing 82 joint standards that are greater than 10 years old.

The process

Standards Australia has already asked relevant technical committees with an active work programme to review aged standards within their area of oversight and decide whether they should be withdrawn, reconfirmed, or revised. These include joint standards development committees on which New Zealand has nominated representatives.

We are now in the second stage of the review process and  are seeking feedback from the general public, nominating organisations, and stakeholders about aged standards which are due for review.

Aged standards are regularly proposed for withdrawal, unless we receive advice to the contrary from the New Zealand public.

‘Withdrawn’ indicates a standard is not up to date technically, it no longer reflects current practice, it is not suitable for new and existing applications, or it is not compatible with current national views and expectations. However, it can still be purchased from the Standards New Zealand webshop.

We need your input

Feedback is sought to confirm that these aged standards should be withdrawn. We would also like to know what standards or other guidance is being used if these standards are no longer relevant. If they are still being used in your industry or community, then Standards New Zealand will work to continue making these standards available.

View joint standards proposed for withdrawal
View New Zealand standards proposed for withdrawal