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ISO Traditional Chinese Medicine Meetings

Open for Public Comment: Energy Audits

Industry Leaders Forum with The Hon Bob Baldwin MP

Geneva: ISO Country Codes Now Available Online

Open for Public Comment: Fire Hydrant Installation

Standards Australia Hosts ISO Technical Experts

Forum: Using IT Governance to Improve Business Decision-Making

 

Standards Australia Welcomes New ACCI CEO

Project Prioritisation and Selection Process

Perth Seminar: Project Prioritisation & Selection Process

Sector Updates

Drafts Open for Comment

Special Report: International Delegate Funding Procedures

ISO Traditional Chinese Medicine Meetings

 

Standards Australia continues to play a key role in the standards development process for Traditional Chinese Medicine at an international level.

Australia is a strong participant in Traditional Chinese Medicine within the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee 249, with meetings taking place in Sydney over February.

“Traditional Chinese Medicine has a legitimate role to play in the health and wellbeing landscape, and we are working with stakeholders to ensure there are rigorous standards in place,” said Dr Bronwyn Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Standards Australia.

This month ISO/TC 249 published its first international standard, ISO 17218:2014 Sterile acupuncture needles for single use.

Stakeholders interested in learning more about the work taking place internationally, or how you can become involved in Australia’s Traditional Chinese Medicine mirror committee HE-031, can contact Damian Fisher, Senior National Sector Manager on damian.fisher@standards.org.au or (02) 9237 6098.

Open for Public Comment: Energy Audits

 

Standards Australia has announced the release of three draft Standards on Energy Audits for public comment.

“Auditing energy use is important as it enables companies to determine how efficiently energy is being consumed and identify cost saving opportunities”, said Dr Bronwyn Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Standards Australia.

The suite of standards are designed to assist organisations when deciding on what type of audit to implement as well as providing an outline in best practise for energy auditors.

The public commenting period closes on 10 April 2014 more

Industry Leaders Forum with The Hon Bob Baldwin MP

Above: Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO, Standards Australia; The Hon Bob Baldwin MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry; Mr Richard Brooks, Deputy Chairman, Standards Australia.

 

On Friday, 21 February, Standards Australia CEO Dr Bronwyn Evans hosted the Hon Bob Baldwin MP, Federal Member for Patterson and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry.

Mr Baldwin briefed members and stakeholders on the Commonwealth Government’s policy agenda and his portfolio priorities.

Geneva: ISO Country Codes Now Available Online

Ever heard of BR or CH, NZ, or JM? Whether you’re in banking, commerce or trade, look no further than this latest collection to keep you up to date on ISO country codes.

The new collection provides the most recent official country codes used by millions of operations worldwide in the exchange of goods and information. You can now get the latest list of country codes and/or subdivisions, not to mention formerly used codes, in one convenient location more

Open for Public Comment: Fire Hydrant Installation

 

Standards Australia has announced the release of the draft Standard AS 2419.1 Fire hydrant installations Part 1 System design, installation and commissioning for public comment.

“Fire safety plans for all Australian buildings require adequate fire fighting equipment,” said Dr Bronwyn Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Standards Australia more

Standards Australia Hosts ISO Technical Experts

Standards Australia, in conjunction with UNSW Australia, was pleased to host the 20th Plenary meeting of ISO/TC 71 – Concrete, reinforced concrete and pre-stressed concrete held in Sydney from January 28 to 31 this year.

“It was a productive week of meetings, workshops and networking events for technical experts and like-minds,” said Professor Stephen Foster, Head of School for the School of Civil and Environment Engineering, UNSW Australia.

The School of Civil and Environment Engineering at the University of New South Wales played host to more than 100 delegates from 20 countries more

Forum: Using IT Governance to Improve Business Decision-Making

Today’s rapidly evolving digital business opportunities rely on innovative models and IT-enabled change. These can disrupt existing business practices, potentially threatening the viability of established businesses.

The forum will explore the role of the governing body in evaluating both the threats and opportunities these factors provide, and discuss the support available through the application of recently published IT Governance standards. View invitation here

Standards Australia Welcomes New ACCI CEO

 

Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO of Standards Australia, has welcomed the appointment of Kate Carnell AO as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI).

“ACCI is a key participant and member of Standards Australia. ACCI has facilitated important industry participation in the standards development process. We very much look forward to working with Ms Carnell given the wealth of experience she will bring to the table,” Dr Evans said.

 
     
 
 

Project Prioritisation and Selection Process

The eighth round of project proposals is open until 19 March 2014 for consideration and selection by the Standards Development Committee (SDC) at its May meeting.

A summary of submissions will be available on our Sector Updates page following the closing date. Proponents will be advised of the outcome of their proposals following the SDC meeting and the Sector Updates page will be updated to list approved projects.

Please use the latest form (available below under 'Proposing a new Standards project') at the date of submission of your proposal.

For more information regarding participation in the Project Prioritisation and Selection Process click here

Perth Seminar: Project Prioritisation & Selection Process

Standards Australia has conducted nationwide information seminars on the project proposal process, including an introduction to the new electronic proposal form throughout February.

The Perth Seminar is the remaining event to take place, details of which are below:

Event: Perth Seminar for the Project Prioritisation & Selection Process
Date: 6 March 2014
Venue: Cliftons Perth, Pamelia House, Ground Floor 191 St Georges Terrace, Perth

The Perth seminar is scheduled to run from 10am until 12 noon. Please RSVP your attendance at the Project Proposal Prioritisation Seminars to mail@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

 
 
 
 

International Delegate Funding Procedures

Standards Australia has introduced a new electronic web form for delegates attending international meetings which is available on the Standards Hub dashboard.

The electronic web form provides the following:

automated process
efficient administration; and
minimises duplication

The following international procedures have been updated accordingly:

“SG-015 - Australian Involvement in International Standardisation” Download PDF

Changes include:

Details on the new Nomination and Funding Application Web Form;
Registration information for attendance at IEC meetings via the meeting registration system;
DIS balloting stage from 5 to 3 months;
Maximum terms for Chairs on ISO/IEC committees; and
New Convenor Nomination form

“SDO Procedure 3 - Nomination and funding to attend international meetings” Download PDF

This procedure has been updated to reflect the new electronic web form for delegates attending international meetings.

The following form has been created for new Convenors and Chairpersons:

“FORM - Nomination of Australian Chairperson or Convenor for International Committee or Working Group” Download DOCX

This form is to be completed for nominations to be an Australian Chairperson or Convenor on International committees and Working Groups prior to acceptance of the role.
The nomination is to be submitted to Project Manager for processing.