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Toy Safety: Standards Australia Calls For Vigilance

IEC Profiles Dr Bronwyn Evans

New Standard for IT Governance

E-Health Breakthrough: Online Delivery of Health Documents

IEC: Single Charger For Notebooks To Significantly Reduce E-waste

New Standard for Bitumen Hits the Road

 

Fixed Platforms, Walkways, Stairways and Ladders

Seminars for Project Prioritisation & Selection Process

Workshop on Drug Testing

JTC 1 Subcommittee 40, IT Service Management and IT Governance

Sector Updates

Drafts Open for Comment

Special Report – New Delhi: IEC General Meeting 2013

Toy Safety: Standards Australia Calls For Vigilance

Standards Australia has called on toy importers and manufacturers to ensure that their products meet Australian Standards and current laws relating to toy safety.

“Consumers are increasingly demanding certainty that products are safe and comply with relevant standards,” said Dr Bronwyn Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Standards Australia more

IEC Profiles Dr Bronwyn Evans

 
"In a world that is technologically fast paced, Dr Bronwyn Evans, the new CEO at Standards Australia, is focusing on standards that can help innovation thrive." more

New Standard for IT Governance

Standards Australia has published a significant new standard to support governance leaders to successfully guide major Information Technology (IT) projects.

Standards Australia CEO, Dr Bronwyn Evans, said the standard has been prepared to set out how significant IT projects can benefit through the use of appropriate governance frameworks and principles more

E-Health Breakthrough: Online Delivery of Health Documents

 
Standards Australia has published three Australian Standards and an Australian Technical Specification that provide the means for healthcare providers to exchange documents securely via the internet more

The set of four Secure Message Delivery (SMD) e-health documents are available at no cost to the users and the public at: www.e-health.standards.org.au

IEC: Single Charger For Notebooks To Significantly Reduce E-waste

Geneva: A new IEC Technical Specification covers critical aspects of external chargers for notebook computers, their connector and plug, as well as safety, interoperability, performance and environmental considerations.

The new IEC Technical Specification opens the way to a significant and very real reduction of e-waste related to power supplies and will allow consumers to use a single external charger with a wide range of notebook computers.

IEC General Secretary and CEO Frans Vreeswijk said the move was “the next step in lowering e-waste and its impact on our planet,” more

New Standard for Bitumen Hits the Road

 
Standards Australia has released a new version of AS 2008–2013 Bitumen for pavements.

“This is an important revision that brings the standard up-to-date and helps ensure the safety of pedestrians and drivers,” said Dr Bronwyn Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Standards Australia more

Fixed Platforms, Walkways, Stairways and Ladders

Standards Australia has released a new version of AS 1657–2013 Fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders — design, construction and installation.

“The publication of this new edition is a result of working with all stakeholders including government and industry,” said Dr Bronwyn Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Standards Australia more

 
     
 
 

Seminars for Project Prioritisation & Selection Process

Standards Australia is conducting information seminars on the project proposal process, including an introduction to the new electronic proposal form, in all capital cities in February and March 2014. This is an opportunity to speak to the National Sector Management team about the process.


Date (2014) Location
6 February Standards Australia, Level 10, 20 Bridge Street, Sydney
12 February Cliftons Canberra, Level 2, 10 Moore Street, Canberra
13 February Cliftons Sydney, Level 13, 60 Margaret Street, Sydney
13 February Cliftons Melbourne, Level 1, 440 Collins Street, Melbourne
21 February Cliftons Adelaide, Level 1, 80 King William Street, Adelaide
24 February Cliftons Brisbane, Level 3, 288 Edward Street, Brisbane
25 February Old Woolstore, 1 Macquarie Street, Hobart
26 February Cliftons Melbourne, Level 1, 440 Collins Street, Melbourne
27 February Mantra On The Esplanade, 88 The Esplanade, Darwin
6 March Cliftons Perth, Pamelia House, Ground Floor, 191 St Georges Terrace, Perth


Seminars are scheduled to run from 10am until 12 noon.

Please RSVP your attendance at the Project Proposal Prioritisation Seminars to mail@standards.org.au indicating your chosen city and date.

Workshop on Drug Testing

Standards Australia convened a Stakeholder Workshop in December to discuss matters related to AS 4760–2006 Procedures for specimen collection and the detection and quantitation of drugs in oral fluid.

The workshop was attended by approximately 90 representatives from a broad range of industry, union, academic, government and regulatory stakeholders.

Discussion was focused on issues related to the use, application and future direction of the AS 4760–2006. More information is available under the events section of www.standards.org.au

JTC 1 Subcommittee 40, IT Service Management and IT Governance

ISO/IEC JTC 1 is Joint Technical Committee 1 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). It is the standards development environment where experts come together to develop worldwide Information and Communication Technology (ICT) standards for business and consumer applications. A new JTC 1 sub-committee focusing on IT Service Management and IT Governance has been established.

JTC 1 Subcommittee 40, IT Service Management and IT Governance, is charged with developing international standards, tools, frameworks, best practices and related documents. It also covers areas of IT activity such as audit, digital forensics, governance, risk management, outsourcing, service operations and service maintenance.

Chair of JTC 1 Subcommittee 40, John Sheridan, who currently is the First Assistant Secretary, Australian Government Chief Technology Officer & Procurement Coordinator, Department of Finance, has encouraged stakeholders interested in participating in this area of standardization to contact Standards Australia. Enquiries should be directed to Senior National Sector Manager, Damian Fisher, Damian.Fisher@standards.org.au

Sector Updates

Read about the latest standards development news in your industry sector in our monthly Sector Updates. You will find information on approved standards development projects, draft standards for public comment, and recently published documents here

Drafts Open for Comment

The public comment process is an important part of standards development, providing an opportunity for stakeholders and members of the public to make valuable contributions. A summary of draft standards currently open for comment is available here

 
     
 
 

 
New Delhi: IEC General Meeting 2013

Australia was represented at the International Electrotechnical Commission’s 77th General Meeting in New Delhi, India, this October. The General Meeting is the largest and most prominent annual event held by the IEC, where stakeholders come together to decide on future directions and strategies for the organisation. It has a unique format combining both management and technical meetings.


Australian Representation at the IEC
This year the Australian delegation was led by Dr Ralph Craven, the Australian President to the IEC and member of the IEC Council Board. More than 20 Australian delegates attended both management and technical meetings. Australia continues to be represented on the Standardisation Management Boards (SMB) by Mr Kim Craig and the Conformity Assessment Board (CAB) by Dr James Galloway.


Successful Australian appointment to IEC CAB
As Dr Galloway approaches the end of serving two terms on the IEC CAB, we are delighted to announce that Mr Ian Forte was successfully elected as the Australian member to continue this important work. Standards Australia would like to thank Dr Galloway for his diligent contributions to the IEC CAB and wishes Mr Ian Forte all the best in the new role.

IEC Masterplan 2011
The implementation of the IEC Masterplan 2011 continues to be a key priority. The plan seeks to encourage worldwide use of IEC standards and conformity assessment systems to facilitate international trade and enhance user value in the fields of electricity, electronics and associated technologies. It can be accessed here

Key Strategic Technologies
With the technological and digital world moving at a rapid pace, the IEC noted the need to continue to provide standards solutions in ground-breaking and emerging technologies. Key topics discussed include smart grids, energy efficiency, electric vehicles and renewable energies. Australia continues to be heavily involved in a number of technical and strategic groups addressing standards development in these key areas.

Australian National Committee to the IEC
The Australian National Committee to the IEC, chaired by Dr Craven will meet in January 2014 to discuss the outcomes of the IEC GM and Australia's continued strategic engagement with the IEC.

IEC Market Strategy Board (MSB)
The Australian National Committee to the IEC is pleased to announce Dr Ian Oppermann has been appointed to the IEC Market Strategy Board (MSB) for a three year term. Australia has a strong presence at the IEC and now sits on all four IEC Boards.

Dr Ian Oppermann, currently the Director of CSIRO’s Digital Productivity and Services Flagship, will play an important role on the MSB in identifying technology trends and market needs for the IEC. The MSB’s whitepapers include topics such as Energy Storage and Renewable Energy.

Standards Australia would like to commend Dr Ian Oppermann on his appointment and wishes him all the best for the new endeavour.