Medical equipment Standards New Zealand hosts international Standards meeting

Standards New Zealand hosted the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 121 'Anaesthetic and respiratory equipment' meeting in Queenstown in June 2010. Fisher & Paykel Healthcare sponsored the meeting, which included 85 anaesthetic and respiratory equipment experts, academics, and medical suppliers. 14 countries were represented at the meeting.

'It was humbling to be with experts who develop and design medical equipment to protect and improve people's well-being and health worldwide,' says Debbie Chin, Standards New Zealand Chief Executive. 'The meeting highlighted the need for interoperability and compatibility of medical equipment and information technology as medical equipment becomes more 'intelligent'.'

Information about ISO/TC 121

International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee (ISO/TC) 121 develops Standards to ensure that medical devices maximise patient and user safety through informative labelling, correct interconnection, minimising hazards, ensuring satisfactory clinical performance, and to provide a basis for testing, certification, and regulation of medical devices.

ISO/TC 121 was formed in 1966. ISO/TC 121 and its subcommittees have published 83 Standards on patient safety for medical devices including Standards for:

  • equipment used to administer anaesthetic agents and medical gases to a patient
  • monitoring a patient undergoing treatment
  • respiratory therapy and care, and anaesthesia terminology.

ISO Standards are available from Standards New Zealand – please email enquiries@standards.co.nz or call 0800 782 632 during business hours to order PDFs. ISO Standards in hardcopy format are also available for purchase from our website www.standards.co.nz by entering the Standard number and selecting the ISO button in the search panel.

Published in health.