International relationships

The policy of Standards New Zealand is to base New Zealand standards on international standards (the International Organization for Standardization (external link)  (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (external link)  (IEC)) as much as possible (there will be times where local changes need to be incorporated). The main benefit of this to New Zealand's economy is that it better enables the international exchange of goods and services. Another benefit is that these international standards generally reflect the best experience of industry and regulators worldwide and cover conditions in a variety of countries. This policy is also in line with our obligations under the World Trade Organization’s Code of Practice, which requires the elimination of technical standards as barriers to international trade.

We represent New Zealand at ISO and the IEC as well as the Pacific Area Standards Congress  (external link) (PASC). Through our membership of these bodies, we are able to share our expertise and knowledge in a number of areas, as well as ensure that New Zealand interests are considered. We also ensure that information about offshore standards development and publications is made available to the local market.

We sell Australian, ISO, IEC, and British standards. There is more information on international standards and how to purchase them at Overseas Standards.  All international standards are subject to copyright laws.

For more information about the development of ISO standards contact and for more information about IEC standards contact

 Last updated 15 February 2016