New work item proposals

A proposal for a new field of technical activity can be submitted to the ISO Central Secretariat. The proposer may be a member body of ISO, a technical committee or subcommittee, the Technical Management Board or a General Assembly committee, the Secretary-General, a body responsible for managing a certification system operating under the auspices of ISO, or another international organisation with national body membership.

All ISO members are then invited to consider the new work item proposal (NWIP) and indicate their approval of the area for standardisation, and their intention to participate in any committees that approved projects are assigned to. This participation may be as an active participant and provided with full voting rights, or as an observer member whereby attendance is on an informational basis only. There is more information on Standards New Zealand, ISO, and new work item proposals in our brochure


Standards New Zealand is seeking feedback on a proposal for a new field of technical activity on:

SAC (China) has proposed this activity. To submit comments including support for or opposition to the proposal, please email Comments received will be used to form a New Zealand position on this proposal. Please provide your comments by Friday, 10 March 2017.

This table shows the NWIPs that have been received since January 2015, and the New Zealand voting position that has been cast.

When submitting your views, please consider these questions:

  1. Do you agree to the subject proposed being dealt with by ISO? Does the project have relevance to the market that it is targeted for?
  2. Should the work proceed, should the item be registered as a new project, working draft, or a further advanced document?
  3. In case of disapproval, do you believe further study and consultations are needed among committee members on this proposal as a preliminary work item before the item can be accepted?
  4. Are there any relevant documents from New Zealand that should be considered (for example, standards or Regulations)?  
  5. Any additional comments?
  6. If a project committee is established, do you believe New Zealand should participate in the work, observe the work, or not participate in the work?

Should you have any enquiries about NWIPs that have closed or that we are currently seeking views on, please contact

View previous new work item proposals


Last updated 18 January 2017