Standards Council welcomes discussion on future of national Standards body

14/03/2013

The Standards Council and its operating arm, Standards New Zealand, welcome the discussion document released today by Commerce Minister Craig Foss seeking feedback on the future of the national Standards body, Standards Council Chair John Lumsden said today.

'The discussion document follows a review by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) last year of New Zealand's standards and conformance infrastructure. The Standards Council also welcomed the review as it represented an opportunity to move New Zealand Standards development to a more sustainable footing. The Standards Council and Standards New Zealand have worked closely with MBIE on this review.

'Standards and the role they play in all areas of the New Zealand economy - promoting safety, productivity, and innovation - are vital and it is imperative that the development of Standards is supported by a viable and well-functioning national Standards body.

'On behalf of the Standards Council, I strongly encourage those who wish to ensure their national Standards body is financially sustainable and able to keep developing world-class Standards to have their say by responding to the discussion document.'