Update from the Manager, Standards New Zealand

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Welcome to my January update for Touchstone. I am pleased to be able to share a few recent news items where Standards New Zealand has partnered with key stakeholders to facilitate New Zealand’s participation in international standards development and to make it easier for users to access key standards in new ways.

New Zealand hosts ISO TC 211 plenary meeting

Land Information New Zealand hosted the 45th plenary meeting of the ISO technical committee TC 211 Geographic information/Geomatics and its related subcommittees and working groups from 26 November to 1 December. The meetings were a fantastic opportunity for international experts to work on international standards in the field of digital geographic information. The plenary meeting brought together over 100 delegates from 20 countries.

Building regulator sponsors public access for five building standards and a handbook

MBIE’s building regulator has sponsored public access to five commonly used building standards and a handbook. The documents can now be downloaded from the Standards New Zealand website at no charge.

  • NZS 4121:2001 Design for access and mobility – Buildings and associated facilities provides solutions for making buildings and facilities accessible to and usable by people with disabilities.
  • NZS 3902:2004 Housing, alterations and small buildings contract is a plain English standard building contract.
  • NZS 4218:2009 Thermal insulation – Housing and small buildings helps establish the levels of thermal insulation for houses and small buildings.
  • NZS 4514:2009 Interconnected smoke alarms for houses provides information about the placement and audibility of smoke alarms.
  • NZS 8500:2006 Safety barriers and fences around swimming pools, spas and hot tubs describes barriers for residential pools including ways to assess their strength.
  • SNZ HB 3604:2011 Timber-framed buildings – Selected extracts from NZS 3604:2011 is a handbook that contains figures and tables to help design and construct timber-framed buildings up to three storeys high.

This initiative is a good example of Standards New Zealand partnering with regulators to facilitate the access and use of standards that are cited in regulation. 

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Another sponsored standard: NZS ISO 10377:2017 Consumer product safety – Guidelines for suppliers

NZS ISO 10377:2017 Consumer product safety – Guidelines for suppliers is a New Zealand adoption of an ISO standard. The standard takes a whole-supply-chain approach to due diligence, ultimately to ensure products are safe for consumers. It can be applied to businesses of any size and position in the supply chain. The standard is accompanied by a guide SNZ MP 10377:2017 Consumer product safety – It’s your business.

The Trading Standards team at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment wants New Zealand businesses to use the standard and is offering sponsored access to a limited number of copies of both the standard and the guide to the standard.

As aids to understand the standard Consumer Protection has an excellent set of frequently asked questions on their website, and a three-minute video overview on YouTube.

New digital formats: online standard

As part of our transformation programme, we have been piloting new ways of operating and new ways of making standards content available to standards users. We used the newly sponsored building standards as a chance to pilot a web-based standard. NZS 4514:2009 Interconnected smoke alarms for houses is available to view online here. It will soon also be available as an ebook in EPUB format.

Active assisted living – What does it mean?

AAL – active assisted living – is a term commonly used to describe the wide range of technology that can help people live safely and independently at home. New Zealand is a Participating (P) member of the IEC Systems Committee for Active Assisted Living. Standards New Zealand is looking to expand the stakeholder membership of this committee.

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Still in transition to ISO 9001:2015?

We are less than a year away from the deadline for those certified to ISO 9001:2008 to make the transition to ISO 9001:2015 (in New Zealand to AS/NZS ISO 9001:2016). ISO outlined a transition period of 3 years for those with accredited certification to the 2008 standard to arrange recertification to the newer standard, and this period will end on 15 September 2018.

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Best wishes

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

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