Latest update from Standards New Zealand

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As we navigate through these unique and challenging times, Standards New Zealand is continuing to help support businesses and organisations like yours with our unique products and services.

While our momentum – like many others – was temporarily checked, we remain committed to delivering value to you, our customers and stakeholders. We are looking forward to seeing how our businesses and communities respond to the easing of restrictions under Level 2.

Here’s an update on what’s been happening in the life of Standards New Zealand, as well as some information on what’s coming up.

Flexible work practices

Following Government COVID-19 guidelines, we adapted our work practices, including working remotely. Working flexibly is a key part of how we operate and our team is equally well equipped to respond to your enquiries and support you whether operating from the office or remotely.

Embracing digital ways of working

While we had plans already underway for a move to video conferencing for our standards committees, International Review Groups (IRGs), and Standards Approval Board meetings, recent developments have accelerated this. Like many of you, we are now successfully holding virtual meetings. This makes the standards development and decision making processes a lot more seamless and time-effective.

Our standards development committee online collaboration tool, Komiti, has also been rolled out successfully. If you’re involved in a new standards development project in the future, our team will be in touch to explain how it works.

Standards support innovation in the fight against COVID-19

New Zealanders have demonstrated their ingenuity and adaptability as they adapt to unite against COVID-19. Standards continue to play a key role as a tried and tested way of improving quality and safety, enhancing products and services, and meeting industry best practice.

The international standards community continues to offer its support by making a number of COVID-19 relevant standards and their national adoptions accessible for free to help deal with the effects on businesses and organisations. Read the details

Our standards development pipeline

We have several key standards undergoing development. These include:

  • Revision of NZS 4512 Fire detection and alarm systems in buildings. The fire sprinkler standard NZS 4541 has just been updated and NZS 4512 supplements this by providing up-to-date specifications for the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of fire detection and alarm systems.
  • Revision of NZS4514 Interconnected smoke alarms for houses. The revision sets out the requirements for the installation and commissioning of externally-powered interconnected smoke alarms. It also provides information on the selection, installation, and maintenance of smoke alarms.
  • Revision of NZS 5433 Transport of dangerous goods on land. The revision details technical requirements, including classification criteria and packaging performance standards for the transport of dangerous goods in New Zealand.
  • Introduction of hydrogen as a fuel. Phase 1 of this project is currently underway, which focuses on producing a scoping study to identify and address changes needed to relevant standards that would affect the use of hydrogen.

You can see our full work programme here.

Value Add RFI open for innovators

We continue to seek entrepreneurial partners to help deliver New Zealand standards content to users through our Value Add Programme. The aim is to make standards content more useful and increase the traction for standards throughout New Zealand. We offer support through the copyright process to help entrepreneurs manage their ideas into commercial viability. An RFI is now open to third parties who have ideas for offering standards content in innovative ways.

Seeking feedback on new digital formats

We are also keen to hear from you which formats you’d find most helpful in the future – particularly in the light of a distributed workforce under COVID-19. Standards are currently provided in hard copy and as pdfs, but we’re interested in hearing whether you’d find them useful as other formats, such as:

  • Electronic eBooks for download to tablets or phones
  • HTML versions, accessible by any internet-connected device
  • Standards that use assistive technologies like audible DAISY files
  • API access to XML versions of  selected standards.

Share your thoughts with us on our survey.

XML conversion of New Zealand standards

Our process of converting NZS standards to Extensible Markup Language (XML) is well underway. The second tranche of 129 is with our provider currently, including some of the largest standards in our library.  We are also preparing the third and final tranche for dispatch. When complete, this will future-proof standards content, make it more accessible, and boost data mining capabilities.

Get in touch

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Carmen Mak
Manager, Standards New Zealand

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