Update from the Manager, Standards New Zealand


Welcome to my July update for Touchstone.

NZS 8510 Testing and decontamination of methamphetamine-contaminated properties

The standard to target meth-contaminated properties has been released and a PDF can be downloaded from our website without charge. Access to this standard has been sponsored by agencies that have an interest in making the standard freely accessible.

The standard is the first to be developed from start to finish under the Standards and Accreditation Act 2015. It has been highly anticipated by the public and those who are keen for some clarity on a consistent approach to the clean-up of properties contaminated by methamphetamine.

We hope that the standard will lead to safer homes, helping homeowners to understand how best to deal with the health hazard that methamphetamine contamination presents … more 

See also our frequently asked questions page.

Joint standards bonanza

Thirty-six joint Australian/New Zealand standards have just been published. Many of these are revisions or amendments to safety standards in the AS/NZS 60335 series, and one is a new standard in this series. These publications are adoptions of the relevant IEC standards for household and commercial appliances and electric power tools to ensure alignment with international best practice. The standards contain the testing requirements that the products must meet prior to sale in New Zealand, ensuring the safety of the New Zealand user. For instance, the new joint standard AS/NZS 60335.2.113:2017 Household and similar electrical appliances – Safety – Part 2-113: Particular requirements for cosmetic and beauty care appliances incorporating lasers and intense light deals with the safety of cosmetic appliances incorporating lasers or intense light sources for household and similar purposes, where their operation relies on contact with the skin. The revised and amended standards cover domestic and commercial appliances in the household area, battery chargers, hair care and small power tools.

Closer ties to European Committee for Standardization (CEN)

Standards New Zealand’s application to become a Companion Standards Body (CSB) with the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has been approved by the CEN General Assembly, effective 1 July … more 

Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC) and Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT) hold joint AGMs in Vancouver

Sanjai Raj (the New Zealand Standards Executive) and I attended the PASC-COPANT and PASC meetings held from 2 to 5 May 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. The theme of this year’s joint conference was ‘Regional Collaboration in a Global Environment’.

This was only the second time that PASC and COPANT have held combined meetings. COPANT is a regional forum of national standards bodies, similar to PASC, but with members mainly from the Americas. Countries with common PASC and COPANT membership include the United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru, and Ecuador.

We initiated networking sessions with standards bodies from the UK, Canada, and Singapore (BSI, SCC, and SPRING) to learn more about the operating models of our sister bodies and innovative ideas they are trying out.

Standards New Zealand’s offer to host PASC in 2019 has been accepted and we have started initial planning.


Finally, thank you to all customers, committee members, commissioners, and stakeholders who took the time to participate in our survey. Your contribution will be valuable in helping Standards New Zealand identify and design a more effective future operating model.

Best wishes

Carmen Mak
Manager, Standards New Zealand
On behalf of the New Zealand Standards Executive

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