Update from the Manager, Standards New Zealand


Welcome to my July update for Touchstone.

Transformation news

Standards New Zealand – Changes under way

We’re renewing our business to take charge of our future and ensure Standards New Zealand remains relevant and sustainable … more

Innovation at Standards New Zealand – Partnered development pilot

At Standards New Zealand, we’ve started a series of innovation pilots to establish new ways of working for faster, affordable standards development. One of our pilots is ‘partnered development’, to develop more flexible and affordable ‘partnering’ options for working with us … more

Waiving of commissioning fee for joint AS/NZS adoptions of international standards

Standards Australia (SA) and Standards New Zealand (Standards NZ) have agreed to implement a 12-month pilot where the commissioning fees for joint standards development projects for the identical adoption of ISO and IEC standards would be waived. The agreement applies to projects initiated on 8 May 2018 or later … more

Standards in web and ebook format – What do you think?

We are testing the waters with new formats for standards. One standard has been presented as web pages and also as an ebook. Even if you aren't interested in the topic, have a look at the new formats and tell us what you think. We have a survey that closes on 20 July ... more 


Public comment – DZ ISO 45001:2018 Occupational health and safety management systems

ISO 45001:2018 Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use is to be identically adopted in New Zealand. The standard can help New Zealand businesses provide a framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks, and create better, safer working conditions. The draft version of the standard, with the designation DZ ISO 45001:2018, is now available for public commentmore

New technical specification – For auditors of ISO 45001 workplace safety standard

Hot on the heels of the world’s first international standard for occupational health and safety comes a new technical specification to ensure those auditing it are up to scratch. ISO/IEC TS 17021-10:2018 defines the skills and knowledge that audit and certification bodies need when they are auditing organisations that have implemented the health and safety standard ISO 45001:2018 … more

New steel standard making an impact every day

The steel used to construct fences, lighting poles, steel-framed houses, and shelves in major retailers is the focus of a newly published standard backed by Australian research and the latest technology. AS/NZS 4600:2018 Cold-formed steel structures has been published following extensive consultation with stakeholders across Australia and New Zealand … more

Effective product labelling – Updated ISO/IEC guide

ISO/IEC Guide 14:2018 Products and related services – Information for consumers has been updated to reflect changes in product labelling technology and the needs of a wider audience. The guide is useful for those involved in product labelling, like product designers, manufacturers, technical writers, and marketers … more

Secrets of business success in updated ISO 9004

The updated ISO 9004:2018 divulges the secrets and strategies of some of the longest lasting businesses around the world. ISO 9004:2018 Quality management – Quality of an organization – Guidance to achieve sustained success helps other organisations to stay afloat in a rapidly changing world … more

ISO new work and new field proposals

ISO new field of technical activity proposal – Circular economy

Standards New Zealand is seeking feedback from stakeholders on the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) proposal for the development of a new field of technical activity, ‘Circular economy’ … more

ISO new field of technical activity proposal – Sustainable finance

Standards New Zealand is seeking feedback from stakeholders on the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) proposal for the development of a new field of technical activity, Sustainable financemore

Industry news

Latest guide – New Zealand’s standards and conformance system

A Guide to New Zealand’s Standards and Conformance System provides a broad overview of the standards and conformance system in New Zealand. The guide was published in March 2018. It is targeted at businesses, consumers, regulators, and those working within the system … more

New flammable refrigerant fact sheets

Four new flammable refrigerant fact sheets are available from the Climate Control Companies Association New Zealand (CCCANZ). The fact sheets aim to ensure the industry is well informed about the potential risks associated with the use of flammable refrigerants in New Zealand … more

Asbestos quick guides for tradies

If you’re a builder, plumber, electrician, or painter, WorkSafe New Zealand has launched four new guides so you can quickly understand your responsibilities and how to manage risks around working with or near asbestos … more

Electrical safety standards work recognised – Pat Cunniffe

In May, in a ceremony in Rotorua, Pat Cunniffe was presented with the prestigious Tom Leong Award for her contribution to electrical safety in New Zealand. Pat is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit and a consumer advocate on many boards and standards committees, here and overseas … more

International news

Twenty-three countries represented as technical committee meets in Wellington

The New Zealand National Committee (NZNC), the NZ member body of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), recently hosted the 97th meeting of technical committee TC 61 Safety of household and similar electrical appliances … more

ISO data privacy standard will ensure consumer privacy

A newly formed ISO project committee is developing a data privacy standard. This standard will provide the first set of preventative international guidelines for ensuring consumer privacy is embedded into the design of a product or service … more

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