Update from the Manager, Standards New Zealand


Welcome to my April update for Touchstone.

Transformation news

Can you deliver standards content through new products or services?

Standards New Zealand has released a request for information (RFI). We are seeking information from developers, tech firms and industry organisations on ways that standards content might be delivered through new ‘value-add’ products or services.

We’d like to better understand who the interested parties working in digital technologies might be, how they operate and what they would require from Standards New Zealand to offer innovative new ways of accessing standards content … more


Standards New Zealand partner with IANZ to adopt new laboratories testing standard

Standards New Zealand has piloted a faster streamlined approach to adopt and publish the new laboratories testing standard, NZS ISO/IEC 17025:2018 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories … more

Public comment sought on revision to ambulance and paramedical services standard

Standards New Zealand and the P8156 committee are seeking feedback on the draft revision to NZS 8156:2008 Ambulance and paramedical services … more

Energy efficiency lighting in large buildings – Amendment to standard released

Amendment No. 1 to NZS 4243.2:2007 will help the lighting industry to improve energy efficiency lighting in large buildings … more

AS/NZS 3000:2018 Wiring Rules – Coming soon

The new edition of the Wiring Rules is expected to be published in the next few months and will be more flexible, user-friendly and easier to read … more

Improving workplace safety and preventing injuries – ISO 45001

ISO 45001 provides requirements and guidance for an effective occupational health and safety management system. The standard requires health and safety aspects to be part of an overall management system and no longer just an added extra … more

New ‘man overboard’ guidelines improve cruising safety

Cruising never ceases to grow in popularity. Yet what few like to consider is the small but real number of holidaymakers who fall overboard. New international guidelines from ISO aim to provide a boost to the technology that detects such incidents and helps them get back on board … more

ISO new work and new field proposals

ISO new work item proposal – Glass clarity – Classification and test method

Standards New Zealand is seeking feedback from relevant stakeholders on the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) proposal for the development of a new standard, ‘Tableware, giftware, jewellery, luminaries — Glass clarity — Classification and test method’ … more

ISO new field of technical activity proposal – Transaction assurance in e-commerce

Standards New Zealand is seeking feedback from relevant stakeholders on the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) proposal for the development of a new field of technical activity, 'Transaction assurance in e‑commerce' … more

Industry news

First company accredited by IANZ to test meth-contaminated properties

Hawke's Bay company Drug Smart has become the first in New Zealand to gain IANZ accreditation to test for methamphetamine contamination. In 2017, Standards New Zealand published a new standard NZS 8510:2017 Testing and decontamination of methamphetamine-contaminated properties, which required rigorous validation of sampling kits and proof of appropriately trained samplers. Drug Smart is the first company to be IANZ accredited under NZS 8510:2017 ... more

Loop-bar warning from MBIE

MBIE has issued a warning about the use of loop-bar details in flange-hung double-tee precast concrete floor units, and published an amendment to Verification Method B1/VM1. The warning and amendment are part of MBIE’s response to the investigation into the performance of Statistics House and the Canterbury earthquakes ... more

Seismic design for suspended ceilings

Suspended ceilings fared poorly in recent earthquakes. In response, the relevant standard was revised, and there are stringent design and installation requirements to prevent collapse in a 1-in-500-year event … more

Asbestos management plans and safety management systems

Read WorkSafe’s article to find out how to manage any place of work where asbestos has been identified. This article also describes how licensed asbestos-removal businesses must have a certified safety management system (SMS) by 4 April 2018, as part of the new asbestos regulations … more

International news

Australia leads ISO committee for new water efficiency standard

An Australian-led committee will facilitate the development of a new ISO standard on Water Efficiency Labelling, using as a base the Australian/New Zealand standard AS/NZS 6400 Water efficient products – Rating and labellingmore

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