We have published an update on our progress since our transition to MBIE and provided more information on our current structure and how we operate.
Standards New Zealand is now a business unit within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). We are part of the Consumer Protection and Standards branch in Market Services. The Chief Executive of MBIE, David Smol, has appointed the General Manager of Consumer Protection and Standards, Sanjai Raj, as the New Zealand Standards Executive. Carmen Mak from MBIE’s Trade and Regulatory Cooperation policy team is the Acting General Manager of the new Standards team. A new Standards Approval Board was announced by Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith on 2 March. The contact details for the new team are on our website.
Standards New Zealand becomes part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) from 1 March 2016 when the Standards and Accreditation Act 2015 comes fully into force. The Act provides that role and functions of the Standards Council are performed by the New Zealand Standards Executive within MBIE from this date. A new Standards Approval Board also starts on 1 March 2016.
Our systems, data, and records are being moved over to MBIE and the team will continue to help develop, maintain, and provide access to standards. There will be changes to our operational and business support structures but these are largely administrative and will not impact on our customers and clients. Before and after the move you can expect to engage with Standards New Zealand in much the same way as you do now.
The Order in Council that set the commencement date for the new standards body was approved by Cabinet on 7 December and notified in the Gazette on 10 December. The commencement date for the new standards body is 1 March 2016. It will be located within the Consumer Protection and Standards branch of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Market Services group. The new arrangements will mean changes to our membership services from 1 March 2016. There is more on this on our membership subscription service page. We will have more information on the transition in the new year.
The Standards and Accreditation Bill 2015 passed its third and final reading in Parliament on 14 October. It received Royal Assent on 20 October and it is now the Standards and Accreditation Act 2015. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith issued a press release on the third reading. The next step is recruitment of the Standards Approval Board which will approve standards and standards development committees in the new arrangements. While the transition process progresses, we continue to provide support for standards development, approval, maintenance, and access to standards. Standards New Zealand, the Standards Council, and MBIE are working together to ensure the transition goes as smoothly as possible.
The Standards and Accreditation Bill was debated by Committee of the Whole House on Wednesday, 1 July. Changes were introduced to the Bill through two supplementary order papers. The Bill is now ready for its third reading. There is more information on the Parliamentary website.
The Standards and Accreditation Bill passed its second reading in Parliament on 19 May. The next stage is debate by Committee of the Whole House. This stage is where members of Parliament will examine the Bill in detail and will have many chances to make short speeches and debate its provisions. Ministers and members can propose changes that may be published before the debate in a supplementary order paper (SOP). Once the final form of the Bill is agreed, it is reprinted to show any changes that have been made. The Bill will then be ready for its third reading.
The Commerce select committee has reported back to Parliament on the Standards and Accreditation Bill. The select committee recommends a number of changes to the Bill of which many are minor and technical in nature. The main changes recommended are:
provide for a more flexible and proportionate approach to managing actual and perceived conflicts of interest for members of standards development committees
make it clear that New Zealand will continue to be involved in the development of international standards
As well as replacing the Standards Act 1988, the Bill amends and consolidates the law relating to standards and accreditation of conformity assessment bodies and replaces the Testing Laboratory Registration Act 1972.
The report is on the parliamentary website. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Paul Goldsmith issued a press release on publication of the report. There is more information on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's website including questions and answers.
Our Acting Chief Executive, Michelle Wessing, sent an email to stakeholders on 31 March advising of the latest developments.
The select committee report and the Bill will now be debated by Parliament before the Bill is finalised and passed into law. Several months after that, the new institutional arrangements for standards development, approval, maintenance, and access will come into effect.
The Commerce select committee has been hearing oral submissions on the Standards and Accreditation Bill. These can be found here. The committee is due to report back to Parliament on 31 March 2015.
In November last year, our Acting Chief Executive, Michelle Wessing, advised that the Standards and Accreditation Bill had passed its first reading in Parliament and had been referred to the Commerce select committee for written submissions. The time for written submissions to be received by the select committee closed on 15 January. The next step involves the committee holding public hearings to listen to some of those who made submissions after which it will report back to Parliament with its recommendations. It is due to report back by 31 March.
Last updated 19 April 2016