Update from the Manager, Standards New Zealand


For this month’s update we’re looking at last year in review. We achieved a lot in 2017 in partnership with our domestic and international customers and stakeholders.

Making standards easier to access

We piloted some new digital formats and continued to work with regulators and industry to make standards easier to access. Some examples include:

  • Making it easier to use and access standards cited in building legislation: MBIE’s building regulator sponsored free public access for five commonly used building standards … more
  • Offering our first standard as web pages: One of the standards sponsored by the Building System Performance team at MBIE has been made available to view online, NZS 4514:2009 Interconnected smoke alarms for houses. It will also soon appear as an ebook … more
  • The Trading Standards team at MBIE sponsored access to a limited number of copies of NZS ISO 10377:2017 Consumer product safety – Guidelines for suppliers and the accompanying guide … more
  • A new consortium arrangement between Standards New Zealand and institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs), gave students around the country easier access to standards … more

New standards

We published:

  • The first New Zealand standard to target meth-contaminated properties, NZS 8510 Testing and decontamination of methamphetamine-contaminated properties, with a free PDF available … more
  • The first New Zealand standard on passenger ropeways and passenger conveyors, NZS 8635:2018. Ski and tourism operators will use this standard to improve the safety of chairlifts and gondolas … more
  • A new joint standard AS/NZS 60335.2.113:2017. This standard deals with the safety of cosmetic appliances incorporating lasers or intense light sources, that are used on the skin … more

Amendments to important standards

We published amendments to these standards which were widely anticipated by users:

  • Amendment 3 to NZS 3101:2006 Concrete structures standard, to address some design aspects following the Canterbury earthquakes … more
  • Amendment 2 to NZS 5465:2001 Self containment of motor caravans and caravans, which required freedom campers to have a usable toilet within their caravan to gain certification … more

We also published an article to answer questions about Amendment 1 to NZS 1170.5:2004 Structural design actions Part 5: Earthquake actions New Zealand, specifically theinterpretation of Table 8.1 Parts and Components, as applied to suspended ceilings … more

Working with our international and regional partners

Activities in 2017 included:

  • Reaching out to industry to encourage more New Zealand experts to get involved in ISO and IEC committees and help shape standards that are important to our country. Examples of new committee memberships include:
    • ISO/TC 20/SC 1 Aerospace electrical requirements – Participating membership
    • ISO/TC 28/SC7 Liquid biofuels – Participating membership
    • ISO/TC 219: Floor coverings – Participating membership
    • ISO/TC 34/SC 17 Management systems for food safety – Observer membership
    • ISO/TC 34/SC 19 Bee products – Observer membership
  • Hosting visitors from Standards Australia for two days of meetings, a great opportunity for collaboration and sharing of experiences.
  • Preparing a joint fact sheet to explain operational changes since 2016 to joint standards development with Standards Australia … more
  • Becoming a Companion Standards Body (CSB) with the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), to develop closer ties to CEN … more 
  • Sanjai Raj (the New Zealand Standards Executive) and myself attending meetings of the Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC) and Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT) and the ISO General Assembly in Berlin. We learnt about other standards bodies’ operating models and innovative ideas they’re trying out. Standards New Zealand will also be hosting the next PASC in 2019.
  • Land Information NZ hosting the 45th plenary meeting of ISO TC 211 Geographic information/Geomatics. This was a fantastic opportunity for New Zealand experts to work on international standards for digital geographic information.

Public comment

Don’t forget to comment on these two draft standards. The public consultation period is coming to a close … more

  • NZS 3640:2003 Chemical preservation of round and sawn timber
  • NZS 3602:2003 Timber and wood-based products for use in building

Technical barriers to trade alerts

You can now subscribe to the WTO’s service ePing for up to date information on regulations in export markets around the world, including product requirements and standards … more

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