Conformance system set up for the future with the launch of a new Strategy

Published: 12 June 2019

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has today released the Conformance System Strategy, which aims to enhance the contribution of New Zealand’s conformance system to the economy and consumer wellbeing.

New Zealand’s conformance system plays an important role in our economy by making sure goods, services, personnel and systems meet standards or regulatory requirements.

Jim Robinson, Manager Trade and International, says that a strong conformance system helps consumers and business to make informed decisions.

 “A strong conformance system allows New Zealand to thrive by giving our international partners the assurance that standards and regulations are met, and it also protects consumers from harm,” said Jim Robinson.

“The new Conformance System Strategy sets a common direction and goals for enhancing the conformance system, and has four priority areas to support global trade and New Zealanders’ wellbeing.”

The four priority areas for the new Strategy include:

  • Organisational performance and governance
  • Regulatory quality and practice
  • Partnerships for skills and value
  • International connections.

The Strategy is designed to strengthen meaningful partnerships between government and those involved with conformance. As part of this work, MBIE is convening a Conformance Forum in November with a focus on technology and workforce growth.

 “MBIE’s Trade and International team is looking forward to working with the conformance sector to implement this new Strategy,” said Jim Robertson

The full Strategy and further information can be found at www.mbie.govt.nz/conformance.