Science and the development of NZS 8510:2017 – Policy outcome

Published: 08 May 2019

Following joint work between the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor (PMCSA) and the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE) on the science-focussed elements of future standards development, Standards New Zealand will now seek the involvement of the MBIE Chief Science Advisor when developing new standards or revising existing standards which include new or unsettled science. This may occur:

  • during commissioning of the new or revised standard
  • during standard development
  • while a draft standard is undergoing public consultation.

The MBIE Chief Science Advisor will then engage with the wider departmental chief science advisor network led by the PMCSA. Standards New Zealand and the relevant standard development committee can take this science advice at any stage of the standards development process. Standards New Zealand and the chief science advisors are also working proactively to identify standards already under development or revision that could benefit from this process.

The collaboration between the PMCSA, the departmental chief science advisor network and Standards New Zealand will provide a robust source of evidence for future standards development.

For answers to questions on the current status of NZS 8510:2017, please refer to: https://www.standards.govt.nz/faqs/nzs-85102017-q-and-as/(external link)