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Debbie Chin

Standards and conformance policy review

You will recall that last year the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) commenced a policy review of our standards and conformance infrastructure. Following a round of workshops, during which many of you provided your views on the value of Standards and the national standards body, MBIE provided a report to the Minister and Associate Ministers of Commerce.

A discussion document has now been prepared that offers proposals and options for the purpose, role, and functions of the national standards body. The document was publicly released by Commerce Minister Craig Foss yesterday and will be on the MBIE website for a period of 6 weeks. I strongly encourage you to have your say on the future of the national standards body at Proposals to enhance the delivery of standards by the national standards body


Our new website and refreshed branding

Many thanks for all the positive comments we have received on our new website and refreshed branding. And thank you all for your patience as we sorted out a few glitches post-launch. Customers tell us that the search engine is much improved and they are impressed with the speed and ease with which they can find what they are looking for. We welcome your feedback on the website at enquiries@standards.co.nz.

You will see our previous branding on occasions for a little while as we progressively change over.

Annual performance and customer satisfaction survey

As I advised in last month's Touchstone, we have commissioned independent research company, Andrew Fletcher Consulting, to conduct our annual performance and customer satisfaction survey. This is your chance to tell us what we do well, and what we could do better.

The survey is web-based and should take less than 10 minutes to complete. It began on Monday 11 March and will finish on Thursday 28 March. All responses will remain confidential and the results will be amalgamated so that no individuals can be identified.

Please take this opportunity to tell us what you think – we look forward to receiving your feedback.

New joint Standard on e-waste

Safeguarding workers' health and minimising harm to the environment are the main objectives of a new joint Standard published last month.

AS/NZS 5377:2013 Collection, storage, transport, and treatment of electrical and electronic equipment provides guidance and specifies requirements for the safe and environmentally sound collection, storage, transport, and treatment of e-waste. The list of appliances covered by the Standard is comprehensive and ranges from large items like cooling appliances, ovens, washing machines, computers, and freezers through to electric knives, cameras, lamps, sewing machines, and medical devices. Read about the new Standard in our Touchstone article.

Update on limited technical review of fire sprinkler Standard

The New Zealand Standard for automatic fire sprinkler systems, NZS 4541:2007 is undergoing a limited technical review, with a new version of the Standard expected to be published in mid-2013. We issued a draft Standard last year and there was high interest – we received almost 600 submissions. There is more on the progress of this Standard in our Touchstone article.

ISO software testing Standards group meeting

Standards New Zealand recently hosted a meeting of an International Organization for Standardization's working group on software testing.

We were delighted to hear from Stuart Reid, the CTO of the Testing Solutions Group, who expressed thanks to us for hosting the meeting at our office in Wellington. Stuart said, 'the venue (country, city, and room) and the hospitality were great – we couldn't have asked for more. I can report that we met our aims and are very hopeful for published software testing Standards in the next few months.'

A reminder about our new address

We moved office premises in October last year but we understand that some people are not aware of this. We are now located at Level 6, 8 Gilmer Terrace, Wellington, not far from where we were on the Terrace. All our contact details remain the same. A map showing where we are is on our website.

Debbie Chin
Chief Executive

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