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Standards Australia E-News September 2011

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Landmark Olive Oil Standard Approved

Electric Vehicles Standards Development

Smart Grid Road Map Announced

Support for Bio-Fuels Industry

Draft Sunscreen Standard

Recent Disasters and International Standardisation

 

Queen’s Birthday Honours

75th IEC General Meeting

Project Prioritisation and Selection Process

Drafts Open for Comment

Recently Published Standards

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Landmark Olive Oil Standard Approved

OlivesFollowing a rigorous standards development process involving multiple industry stakeholders – and almost 800 public comments – Standards Australia has approved a new olive oil standard that will bolster consumer protection.

“The new standard will establish a benchmark for olive oil quality to ensure that consumers get the product they pay for,” said Colin Blair, Chief Executive Officer, Standards Australia.

“Olive oil can be found in virtually every kitchen pantry and this standard will result in better quality products for everyday consumers,” Mr Blair said. More.

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Electric Vehicles Standards Development

Electric vehicleStandards Australia has announced plans to develop new standards for the electric vehicles industry with the support of the Victorian Government.

Electric vehicles are capturing the imagination of both consumers and the automotive industry. We see the opportunity to develop and adopt internationally aligned standards to support industry growth.

Standards Australia will be forming a working group of major industry players, government and stakeholders to work towards common goals and objectives for standardisation. The first part of the initiative will be funded by the Victorian Government. More.

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Smart Grid Road Map Announced

Power linesThe Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism has commissioned Standards Australia to initiate the delivery of a Smart Grid Standards Roadmap.

Smart Grids use two way communications technology to improve the economic and energy efficiency of the electricity networks and improve sustainability outcomes.

The work will shortly commence on the formation of a Government and Industry-based Smart Grid working group. More.

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Support for Bio-Fuels Industry

Standards Australia will provide support for Australia’s bio-fuels sector to promote industry certainty and provide international input into policy settings.

Standards Australia will co-resource participation on the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 248 Sustainability Criteria for Bioenergy, joining the likes of major bio-fuel players Germany and Brazil.

The ISO technical committee is seen as instrumental in delivering internationally aligned standards to the bioenergy sector, and we’re pleased to be part of the process.

The Standard will support the Commonwealth Government’s recently passed Alternative Fuels legislation. More.

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Draft Sunscreen Standard

SPF 50-plus sunscreen could be the new standard under a proposal currently under consideration by Standards Australia.

They say Australia is the sunburnt country, so this draft standard reflects genuine public interest and ultimately consumer demand. The draft standard is a critical public health issue for all Australians.

The draft standard (DR AS/NZS 2604) proposes raising the SPF limit to 50-plus in line with international trends and in recognition of consumer protection. More.

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Recent Disasters and ISO Standards

Geneva: 2011 has seen some terrible disasters along the eastern coast of the Pacific Ocean: floods and cyclones in Australia, an earthquake in New Zealand, and the earthquake and subsequent tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan.

Standards are featuring strongly in the reviews and enquiries that have commenced following these events. These include, notably, standards developed over the years by International Organization of Standardization (ISO), and national standards bodies which are part of the ISO network, as well as updates and revisions to these standards prompted by the lessons learned from these disasters. More.

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Queen’s Birthday Honours

Standards Australia congratulates two notable recipients of Queen’s Birthday Honours, Emeritus Professor Warren Julian AM and Ms Elain Attwood AM, and commends their ongoing efforts in standardisation.

Emeritus Professor Julian was acknowledged for service to engineering, particularly in education and research, educational administration, and to professional associations. Mrs Attwood was awarded an Order of Australia and has been a member of Standards Australia’s nanotechnology committee as a Consumer’s Federation of Australia representative.

Through their committee work Standards Australia has been the beneficiary of their work and expertise. We place on record our appreciation.

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75th IEC General Meeting

The Australian National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), in conjunction with Standards Australia, is proud to be hosting the 75th IEC General Meeting.

The General Meeting will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 24–28 October 2011. Technical Committee and Subcommittee meetings will start on 19 October 2011 and continue until 31 October 2011.

The IEC General Meeting attracts over 1,000 members and accompanying persons from 70 countries.

This year’s meeting is being held in Melbourne and will attract large numbers of experts in the area of equipment for explosive atmospheres, AV and multi-media equipment, fibre optics, electromagnetic compatibility and other areas of significance to Australian industry.

Visit www.iec2011.org for more information about the 75th IEC General Meeting.

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Project Prioritisation and Selection Process

Standards Australia is opening a new round of the Project Prioritisation and Selection Process for Standards Australia resourced projects. The submission period for project proposals opens on Monday, 5 September 2011 and closes on Monday, 3 October 2011. For further information and application forms visit here.

As has been the case for the two previous intakes, project selection will be based on the documented criteria of Net Benefit; stakeholder consultation and support; and the availability of Standards Australia resources. New projects will commence in the first quarter of the 2012 calendar year.

If you require further information please contact a National Sector Manager on 1800 035 822 or email nsm@standards.org.au

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Drafts Open for Comment

An important stage in the development of an Australian Standard is the public comment period in which drafts are made publicly available in order for members of the general public to contribute their views on the content. The public comment period is usually open for two to three months.

A list of drafts currently open for comment is provided here.

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Recently Published Standards

Standards are the result of the collective efforts of many individuals. Standards Australia appreciates the time invested by Committee Members to create the Standards. For a list of Standards published since May visit here.