IPENZ chief executive Andrew Cleland says the decision to change New Zealand's framework for the development and delivery of Standards appears to go against feedback to the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) from IPENZ, industry and international bodies.
"By subsuming the role of Standards New Zealand within MBIE, a regulatory arm of Government, we may suffer a loss of international reputation - most other countries separate standards development and enforcement," Dr Cleland
"Given the lack of separation with MBIE acting as both the standards developer and as the regulator the traditional high level of voluntary support may not continue," Dr Cleland
The move away from an independent Standards Council and Standards development body puts New Zealand at odds with the standards setting models of its OECD partners and advice given by ISO of which New Zealand has been a founding member since 1947.
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