Organisations involved with the standards and conformance system
We provide policy advice to promote New Zealand's standards and conformance system. A number of other organisations also hold roles.
The operating arm of the Accreditation Council, International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) is the national accreditation body for testing and calibration laboratories, radiology services and inspection bodies.
It is a member of various international laboratory accreditation bodies including:
- International Laboratory Accreditation Co-operation,
- Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation.
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:
- International Accreditation Forum,
- Pacific Accreditation Cooperation.
Standards New Zealand is a business unit within the Consumer Protection and Standards branch of the Market Services division within Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
It has established techniques and processes built from requirements under the Standards and Accreditation Act 2015, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Directive.
Standards New Zealand project manage, edit and publish standards, as well as sell New Zealand, Joint Australia-NZ and international standards.
A section within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the Trading Standards 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.
The Measurement Standards Laboratory of New Zealand (MSL) ensures that New Zealand has a system that delivers accurate and reliable measurements. It provides appropriate national measurement standards traceable to the International System of Units.
The government needs reliable measurements for legislation. Suppliers and consumers use measurement as the basis for fair trade.
New Zealand is a signatory to the Metric Treaty and to an Arrangement for the Mutual Recognition of National Measurement Standards and of Calibration and Measurement Certificates issued by National Metrology Institutes. This is a major step forward in international measurement traceability.
MSL participates in metrology activates in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly as an active member of the Asia Pacific Metrology Programme.