International standards and conformance organisations

This page provides information about international organisations that develop standards and provide coordination for accreditation bodies.

International Standardization Organisation (ISO)

ISO is the world’s largest developer of internationally harmonised standards. It develops voluntary standards that cover a broad range of subjects and markets. It owns over 22,041 International Standards.

ISO is a private, non-government network of national standards institutes including Standards New Zealand. Its members don't directly represent the governments of their countries of origin.

ISO website(external link)

International Electrotechnical Commission

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) produces International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies.

Like ISO, it is a private, non-governmental network of national standards institutes.

It oversees 175 technical committees and sub-committees involved in setting standards and owns over 6,300 published standards and standards-type documents.

IEC website(external link)

International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC)

ILAC is an international organisation for accreditation bodies involved in accreditation of conformity assessment bodies including:

  • calibration laboratories
  • testing laboratories
  • medical testing laboratories
  • inspection bodies.

International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) and JAS-ANZ are members of ILAC.

International Accreditation Forum (IAF)

IAF is a global association for accreditation bodies that accredit conformity assessment bodies for:

  • management systems
  • products
  • services
  • personnel
  • other similar programmes of conformity assessment.

JAS-ANZ is a member of IAF.

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation: Specialist Regional Bodies

The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC) is the primary organisation promoting trade and investment liberalisation and practical economic cooperation in the Asia Pacific region.

We represent New Zealand's standards and conformance interests in APEC's Standards and Conformance Sub-Committee.

APEC Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance(external link)

The Sub-Committee helps achieve the standards and conformance aspects of APEC's trade and investment liberalisation and facilitation agenda.

The Sub-Committee aims to facilitate international trade by aligning standards and conformance arrangements where appropriate. It is focused on supporting economic interdependence through a greater alignment of APEC member standards with international standards.

New Zealand actively participates in the Sub-Committee's work which includes:

  • aligning member standards with international standards
  • recognising conformity assessment in the regulated sector
  • setting APEC mutual recognition arrandevelopingtting up related arrangements and recognising conformity assessment in the voluntary sector
  • developing technical infrastructure.

New Zealand is fully committed to encouraging regulatory cooperation between APEC members and is an active member of 5 APEC special regional bodies which are responsible for developing standards and conformance infrastructure in the Asia Pacific.

Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC)

APLAC is a cooperation of accreditation bodies in the Asia Pacific region that accredit laboratories, inspection bodies and reference material producers.

APLAC(external link)

Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC)

PAC is an association of accreditation bodies and other interested parties. Its objective is to create a global system that grants international recognition of certification or registration of management systems, products, services, personnel and other programmes of conformity assessment.

PAC(external link)

Asia Pacific Legal Metrology Forum (APLMF)

APLMF aims to develop legal metrology and facilitate trade by harmonising approaches to metrology and removing technical barriers to trade.

Stephen O’Brien, the manager of Trading Standards (which sits within MBIE) is the current APLMF President, in addition to being the APEC Special Regional Bodies Convenor.

APLMF(external link)

Asia Pacific Metrology Programme (APMP)

APMP is a grouping of national metrology institutes from the Asia Pacific region. It improves regional metrological capability through the sharing of expertise and exchange of technical services among member laboratories.

APMP(external link)

Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC)

PASC is a grouping of Pacific Rim National Standards Bodies. It supports the region’s engagement in the international standardisation system for advancing economic, societal and environmental well-being.

PASC(external link)

World Trade Organization (WTO)

We participate in regular WTO committee discussions on market access issues relating to technical barriers to trade. During these discussions we often raise trade barriers faced by New Zealand exporters.

We are particularly active in committee projects with a longer-term focus, eg, developing trade facilitation and best practice guidance, and increased transparency.

New Zealand has been appointed the Chair of the TBT (Technical barriers to trade) Committee for 2018/19. We are also currently participating in the Eighth Triennial Review of the Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement.

World Trade Organization(external link)