Biotechnology potential new area of work for ISO

Issue 42 – September 2012

Standards New Zealand is consulting with key stakeholders to form the New Zealand view about whether a potential new area of work should go ahead at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Biotechnology.

The proposed new field of activity involves standardisation in the field of Biotechnology, seeking internationally recognised and accepted terms and definitions, analytical and diagnostic methods, computing tools, and metrology for international comparability and integratability of data.

The new committee would not seek to standardise academic or SME research, but would instead encourage experts of these groups to participate in the standardisation of biotechnological products, techniques, and processes.

The proposed Technical Committee would also be responsible for the timely incorporation of innovative ideas into the standardisation works of this field.

→ For more information, or to provide any comments on this proposal, please email isoadmin@standards.co.nz by 12 October 2012.

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