Update from the NZSE

Welcome to my July update for Touchstone. Click on the link for a summary of Standards New Zealand news on: publications and calls for public consultation, international standards, and industry guidance.

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Publication announcements

  • Standards Published (3)

      • AS/NZS 2588:2018 Gypsum plasterboard

        Provides manufacturers of gypsum plasterboard with specifications for the manufacture and performance of plasterboard used in domestic, commercial and industrial applications. This Standard also provides a reference for the building industry and specifiers. The changes in this edition include standardising and aligning the nominal thicknesses of gypsum plasterboard as adopted by the Australian and New Zealand construction industries, amendments aimed at simplifying the test method and improving reliability, and new test methods for water-resistant grade plasterboard aimed at simplifying ongoing maintenance of the standard.
        Supersedes AS/NZS 2588:1998

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      • Amendment 3:2018 to AS/NZS 5601.2:2013 Gas installations - Part 2: LP Gas installations in caravans and boats for non-propulsive purposes

        This Amendment applies to Clause 6.10.4 and Section 10 (new).

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      • AS/NZS ETSI EN 301 178:2018 Portable Very High Frequency (VHF) radiotelephone equipment for the maritime mobile service operating in the VHF bands (for non-GMDSS applications only)

        Specifies the minimum technical characteristics and methods of measurement required for portable Very High Frequency (VHF) radiotelephones not providing maritime distress and safety communications functions (i.e. not forming part of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)) operating in certain frequency bands allocated to the maritime mobile service using either 25 kHz or 25 kHz and 12.5 kHz channels. It also specifies technical characteristics, methods of measurement and required test results. Identical with, and reproduced from, ETSI EN 301 178 V2.2.2 (2017-04).
        Together with AS/NZS ETSI EN 301 025:2018 and AS/NZS ETSI EN 302 885:2018, this standard is suitable as a replacement for AS/NZS 4415.1:2003 and AS/NZS 4415.2:2003 which were both withdrawn in 2017.

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  • Withdrawals and Proposals to Withdraw (3)

      • AS/NZS 60335.2.86:2002 Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Particular requirements for appliances for electric fishing machines

        Superseded by AS/NZS 60335.2.86:2013 as at 20 June 2015

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      • AS/NZS 60335.2.21:2002 Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Particular requirements for storage water heaters

        Superseded by AS/NZS 60335.2.21:2013 on 25 October 2016

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  • Draft for comment (4)

      • DR AS/NZS 1604.1:2018 Preservative-treated wood-based products, Part 1: Products and treatment

        Comments are invited until 26/11/2018

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      • DR AS/NZS 1604.2:2018 Preservative-treated wood-based products, Part 2: Verification requirements

        Comments are invited until 26/11/2018

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      • DR AS/NZS 1604.3:2018 Preservative-treated wood-based products, Part 3: Test methods

        Comments are invited until 26/11/2018

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      • DR AS/NZS 5263.1.12:2018 Gas appliances, Part 1.12: Gas pool heaters

        Comments are invited until 21/11/2018

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Latest articles

  • Forward focus for Standards New Zealand

    Standards New Zealand has recently undertaken a review to ensure we have the right capability and capacity to deliver on our business strategy. This has resulted in some changes to our structure and to some key roles in the team.

  • Withdrawal of steel standard

    The New Zealand Standards Approval Board revoked NZS 3404.1:2009 Steel structures standard – Part 1: Materials, fabrication, and construction at its meeting on 5 September 2018 following a request from the Heavy Engineering Research Association (HERA) and supported by the Building System Performance branch of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

  • ISO data privacy standard will ensure consumer privacy

    A newly formed ISO project committee is developing a data privacy standard. This standard will provide the first set of preventative international guidelines for ensuring consumer privacy is embedded into the design of a product or service.

  • New steel standard making an impact every day

    The steel used to construct fences, lighting poles, steel-framed houses, and shelves in major retailers is the focus of a newly published standard backed by Australian research and the latest technology. AS/NZS 4600:2018 Cold-formed steel structures has been published following extensive consultation with stakeholders across Australia and New Zealand.

  • Effective product labelling – Updated ISO/IEC guide

    ISO/IEC Guide 14:2018 Products and related services – Information for consumers has been updated to reflect changes in product labelling technology and the needs of a wider audience. The guide is useful for those involved in product labelling, like product designers, manufacturers, technical writers, and marketers.

  • Secrets of business success in updated ISO 9004

    The updated ISO 9004:2018 divulges the secrets and strategies of some of the longest lasting businesses around the world. ISO 9004:2018 Quality management – Quality of an organization – Guidance to achieve sustained success helps other organisations to stay afloat in a rapidly changing world.

  • Latest guide – New Zealand’s standards and conformance system

    A Guide to New Zealand’s Standards and Conformance System provides a broad overview of the standards and conformance system in New Zealand. The guide was published in March 2018. It is targeted at businesses, consumers, regulators, and those working within the system.

  • New flammable refrigerant fact sheets

    Four new flammable refrigerant fact sheets are available from the Climate Control Companies Association New Zealand (CCCANZ). The fact sheets aim to ensure the industry is well informed about the potential risks associated with the use of flammable refrigerants in New Zealand.