Update from the CE

Standards NZ CE Michelle

Maintaining a contemporary standards catalogue

It is essential that standards mirror current practice, are technologically up to date, and reflect present thinking on safety, quality, and environmental impact. We are, therefore, undertaking a review of the currency of a number of the standards in our catalogue. This will initially involve 227 standards that are older than 15 years and are not cited … more

CE secondment extended

The secondment of Standards New Zealand’s Chief Executive, Debbie Chin, as Capital and Coast District Health Board Chief Executive, has been extended for a further year through to March 2015. Debbie has been the Interim CE for the past six months … more

NZS 8100:2007 Dairy herd testing … and more

I am pleased to advise that work has commenced on a revision of NZS 8100. The standard applies to herd testing covered by the Dairy Industry (Herd Testing and New Zealand Dairy Core Database) Regulations 2001, administered by the Ministry for Primary Industries. It provides documented information on procedures and practices that must be adopted by licensed herd testers, and provides further guidance on procedures and practices that should be followed in order to meet industry goals resulting from herd testing. 

We have also published SNZ HB 6117:2014 Electrical installations in dairy sheds. It provides the recommended trade practice on how to build dairy sheds that minimise stray voltage, which can disturb cows and have an adverse effect on milk production … more

Other new development projects on the go include:

  • Revising NZS 4246 Energy efficiency in building – installing insulation
  • Developing a new accreditation standard for gender and sexual diversity in organisations
  • Revising SNZ HB 8630 Tracks and outdoor visitor structures

ECC meetings

Over the next few weeks, we will be busy holding meetings of the electro-technical coordinating committees. These include IECC (Installation electro-technical coordinating committee); HAECC (Hazardous areas electro-technical coordinating committee); AECC (Appliances electro-technical coordinating committee; and EMECC (Electro-medical electro-technical coordinating committee).

All ECC committees comprise industry, regulatory, consumer, and professional association representatives. They make recommendations to the NZESC (New Zealand electro-technical standardisation committee) on the need for changes to or development of new standards for the industry for the coming year, and on membership requirements for standards committees. They also report on the current year’s programme. The NZESC prioritises standards work and confirms costings.

Guidelines for quality management systems in local government

A newly published guideline can help governments to increase efficiency, prevent errors, and improve customer service. ISO 18091:2014 provides guidance for local governments on the implementation of ISO 9001 Quality management systems - Requirements. ISO 9001 is the world’s most established quality framework, currently being used over 1.5 million organisations in 191 countries ... more

More in Touchstone

A new standard specifying the requirements for sterile acupuncture needles for single use has been welcomed by the New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists Inc President, Paddy McBride, who says ISO 17218:2014 is a ‘good step in the right direction’.

NZS 4211:2008 Specification for performance of windows – a standard for the performance testing of individual windows and doors for exterior use that may be manufactured from various materials or combinations of materials – is out for public comment until 7 April.

The chair of the committee that develops standards for solar water heaters and heat pump components discusses the rigorous testing his committee requires for the components based on performance, durability, and reliability. This includes computer modelling used extensively over a full year to determine system performance.

NZS 9401:2008 Managing flood risk – A process Standard guides decision-making on flood risk, to ensure all flood risk components are considered when making key land use decisions. Intended users include local authorities, central government, communities, engineers, and developers.

Best wishes

Michelle Wessing



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