Update from the Manager, Standards NZ

Welcome to our August update. It’s been a busy time since our last newsletter, with several key events taking place and some important initiatives developing good traction.

We are pleased to have collaborated with MBIE (the Ministry of Business Innovation and Business) on the funding of over 120 building standards used for Building Code compliance. These are now free to download from our website. You can read more in our Touchstone feature story.

And, in cooperation with the building regulator within MBIE, we have formed a framework to prioritise the revisions of seven key building, construction, and fire protection standards. This step will help the regulator develop a medium-term standards work programme, and ensure that standards used in building regulations are up to date and fit for purpose. We are looking to apply this framework to other key sectors.

We have also implemented a process to involve the MBIE Chief Science Advisor when developing new standards, or revising existing standards that include new or unsettled science. MBIE’s Chief Science Advisor will in future engage with the wider departmental chief science advisor network led by the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor (PMCSA).

It has been a busy year for our team! Between July 2018 and June 2019 we published 121 standards. Building and construction standards and electrotechnology and energy standards made up nearly half of these publications. We also increased New Zealand’s involvement in the development of international standards, becoming Participating (P) members in three additional international committees: ISO/TC 34 SC 19 Bee products, ISO/TC 146 SC 6 Indoor air, and ISO/TC 58 SC 2 Cylinder fittings.

Remember that it's World Standards Day on 14 October. This is our way of paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of thousands of experts worldwide who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards. Please put a placeholder in your diaries for this date - more details will follow.

Carmen Mak
Manager, Standards New Zealand

 

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