Standards & conformance
A standards and conformance system makes it easier for consumers and producers to make informed decisions when buying or producing.
Standards are published documents that set out agreed specifications for products, processes, performance or services. Standards can cover safety, compatibility, performance, information and quality.
Conformance is judging whether a particular product, process or service meets a standard or complies with a regulatory requirement.
Our policy advice on maintaining an efficient standards and conformance infrastructure helps remove technical barriers to improve trade. Businesses use standards and conformance to support innovation and development, and compete locally and internationally.
The government, consumers and the community rely on standards and conformance to protect public health, safety and the environment.
In this area
Standards and conformance infrastructure review
The government has announced changes to the development and delivery of New Zealand Standards to maintain and strengthen Standards to meet the needs of industry, regulators and consumers into the foreseeable future.
Promoting innovation in New Zealand
A review into the role of standards development and standards and conformance infrastructure in promoting innovation was undertaken.
A Guide for Business
The government has announced changes to maintain and strengthen the development and delivery of New Zealand Standards that underpin products and services throughout New Zealand’s economy in order to meet the needs of industry, regulators and consumers into the foreseeable future.
We advise the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on trade agreements that have a standards and conformance dimension, such as the World Trade Organisation Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement.
A range of organisations contribute to ensuring that New Zealand has an effective system of standards and conformance.