Standards New Zealand is proposing to identically adopt the international standard ISO 10377:2017 Consumer product safety – Guidelines for suppliers. The standard provides practical guidance to suppliers on assessing and managing the safety of consumer products, including effective documentation of risk assessment and risk management to meet applicable requirements.
The draft is now available for public comment for a period of 2 months to allow input on the international standard’s suitability within New Zealand’s business environment. All comments submitted during this period are reviewed by the development committee before the adoption is balloted on.
The development committee met for the first time on 4 October. The committee was made up of stakeholders ranging from Consumer Protection, Trading Standards, ACC, Retail New Zealand, BusinessNZ, Trade Me, Consumer New Zealand, SakeKids NZ, NZ Fire Service, Farmers Trading Company, and NZ Customs. The committee met and discussed the relevance of the international standard within New Zealand’s business climate, in particular the relevance for small to medium enterprises. The committee agreed unanimously to adopt the international standard as a New Zealand standard.
The committee also discussed in length various supporting guidance material options that would be suitable for New Zealand businesses of all sizes. A number of suggestions on materials, content styles, communication channels, and categorisation was discussed and the details of which will be reported back to the Trading Standards team for reference.