Standards and conformance organisations in New Zealand
This page provides information on the organisations in New Zealand that are involved in supporting our standards and conformance system.
International Accreditation New Zealand
International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) is the operating arm of the Accreditation Council and the national accreditation body for testing and calibration laboratories, radiology services and inspection bodies.
It is a member of international accreditation cooperations including:
- International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation
- Asia Pacific Accreditation Cooperation
Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand
A trans-Tasman organisation, the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) accredits certification bodies that audit management systems and product and personnel certification.
It also accredits inspection bodies in Australia and New Zealand, and is a member of the International Accreditation Forum, the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation and the Asia Pacific Accreditation Cooperation.
Standards New Zealand
Standards New Zealand is a business unit within our Te Whakatairanga Service Delivery Group.
Standard New Zealand's processes are based on requirements under the:
- Standards and Accreditation Act 2015
- International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
- International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Directive.
Standards New Zealand project manages, edits and publishes standards. It also sells New Zealand, joint Australia-New Zealand and international standards.
Our Trading Standards team within the Te Whakatairanga Service Delivery Group administers and enforces the Weights and Measures Act 1987.
It also provides advice to the Government on legal measurement systems and its operations.
New Zealand is a member of the:
- Organisation International de Métrologie Légale
- Asia-Pacific Legal Metrology Forum.
Measurement Standards Laboratory of New Zealand
The Measurement Standards Laboratory of New Zealand (MSL) ensures New Zealand has a system that delivers accurate and reliable measurements.
It provides appropriate national measurement standards traceable to the International System of Units.
Traceable and reliable measurements are a necessary part of government legislation and regulations. They also provide a basis for fair trade between consumers and suppliers.
MSL participates in metrology activities in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly as an active member of the Asia Pacific Metrology Programme.
Standards, Accreditation and Metrology Group
The Standards, Accreditation and Metrology Group (SAM) is a forum for information sharing, collaboration and coordination of actions between standards and conformance agencies. SAM members are representatives from New Zealand’s quality infrastructure organisations.
Trade and International team at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s has responsibilities for quality infrastructure policy and provides secretariat support to SAM.
Standards, Accreditation and Metrology Group (SAM)
The Standards, Accreditation and Metrology Group (SAM) is a forum of New Zealand’s quality infrastructure peak bodies for information sharing, collaboration and coordination of actions between the agencies. This document outlines the roles, responsibilities, and objectives of SAM.
The quality infrastructure helps consumers and businesses make informed decisions about products, processes, performance and services (it is also known as the standards and conformance system). It provides mechanisms for protecting public health, safety and the environment that are often used in regulation.
There is a substantial international dimension to the quality infrastructure as well. The system supports exporters to access overseas markets for their goods and gain the trust of overseas consumers. It also provides important checks on the quality of imported goods.
SAM members are representatives from New Zealand’s peak quality infrastructure organisations:
- International Accreditation New Zealand
- Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand
- Measurement Standards Laboratory
- Standards New Zealand
- Trading Standards
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Trade and International team, which has responsibilities for quality infrastructure policy, provides secretariat services to SAM.
SAM meets quarterly and its current objectives include to:
- share information and ideas with each other and discuss domestic and international matters of mutual interest
- help to enhance the overall effectiveness of New Zealand’s quality infrastructure, for example by:
- assisting with the implementation and of the Conformance System Strategy, particularly aspects that involve the wider infrastructure
- addressing system-wide risks and opportunities for the infrastructure, including opportunities to provide leadership, coordinate resources, take action and respond to risks
- undertaking collaborative projects and establishing working groups
- providing information or advice to infrastructure bodies, departments and stakeholders
- support New Zealand’s international connectivity, trans-Tasman integration and engagement with overseas peers
- support technological innovation in the New Zealand infrastructure
- undertake or contribute to training, education and promotion work.