"A standard is a published technical document designed to be used as a rule, guideline or definition. It is a consensus-built, repeatable way of doing something.” European Committee for Standardization (CEN)
Standards establish specifications and procedures designed to ensure the reliability of the materials, products, methods, and/or services.
Why are they important?
The Standards and Accreditation Act makes provision for standards in New Zealand.
Standards New Zealand, develops, manages, publishes and sells standards in New Zealand. It is a business unit within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
Standards are not mandatory but if they have been referenced in legislation, they become part of the technical regulation framework.
Standards can be:
New Zealand standards are organised by ICS (International Classification for Standards) codes managed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).