The Standards & Accreditation Bill, introduced yesterday, is aimed at strengthening the development & delivery of NZ Standards.
It follows a comprehensive review to ensure the Standards system is independent & sustainable.
Commerce Minister Craig Foss said key aspects of the bill included:
- establishing a new independent statutory board to approve NZ Standards
- ensuring independent Standards development committees will continue to comprise industry & technical experts, consumer representatives & regulators
- establishing a new independent statutory officer within the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment to oversee the development of Standards, and
- amending the Copyright Act to preserve existing intellectual property in Standards.
“This Bill will better align Standards development with important Government priorities such as innovation & trade facilitation. It will also make minor changes to arrangements for the Testing Laboratory Registration Council, including amending the council’s appointment process and updating the description of its activities to better reflect its valuable accreditation work.”
Link: Standards review
Attribution: Ministerial release.