The Standards and Accreditation Bill was introduced to Parliament today by Commerce Minister Craig Foss.
Key aspects of the Bill include:
- Establishing a new independent statutory board to approve New Zealand standards.
- Ensuring independent standards development committees will continue to comprise industry and technical experts, consumer representatives, and regulators.
- Establishing a new independent statutory officer within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to oversee the development of standards.
- Amending the Copyright Act to preserve existing intellectual property in standards.
Until the Bill is passed into law, we are still New Zealand’s national standards body, responsible for developing, publishing, and marketing standards that meet the needs of New Zealand society and business.