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New Playground Standards

Industry Leaders Forum with The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP

Draft Standards Released for Electric Vehicles

JTC 1/SC 38 Cloud Computing Meeting

Standards Australia’s Young Leaders Program

Become a Mentor to a Standards Australia Young Leader

 

Update to Standardisation Guide

Internet of Things – JTC 1 New Area of Focus

Sector Updates

Drafts Open for Comment

Special Feature: New Standards for Product Compliance

New Playground Standards

 

Standards Australia announced significant changes to playground standards which will make playgrounds more fun, stimulating and exciting.

“One of the joys of Australian childhood is being outdoors racing around and having fun with your friends in playgrounds. Far from wrapping kids in cotton wool, this standard is all about challenging kids and developing important skills for life,” said Dr Bronwyn Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Standards Australia.

“The standard will allow Australian children to taste risk and excitement. They will perceive they are taking greater risks, and in so doing stretch and test their limits," said Associate Professor David Eager more

Industry Leaders Forum with The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP

Melbourne: Yesterday Standards Australia CEO Dr Bronwyn Evans hosted the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Member for Kooyong and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister.

Mr Frydenberg briefed members and stakeholders on the Commonwealth Government’s policy agenda and his portfolio priorities with regard to red tape reduction.

Right: Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO, Standards Australia; The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister; and Dr Alan Morrison, Chairman, Standards Australia.

 

Draft Standards Released for Electric Vehicles

 

Nine Australian Standards relating to electric vehicles have been released for public comment, Standards Australia announced recently.

“These standards are absolutely fundamental to the development of the electric vehicle industry in Australia,” said Adrian O’Connell, General Manager Operations, Standards Australia.

Mr O’Connell said the standards cover matters relating to vocabulary, occupant safety, and recharging infrastructure more

JTC 1/SC 38 Cloud Computing Meeting

 

On Monday, 28 April, Standards Australia CEO Dr Bronwyn Evans opened the JTC 1/SC 38 Cloud Computing meeting at Microsoft Australia, North Ryde.

The audience heard from keynote speakers Mr Keith Besgrove, First Assistant Secretary, Digital Services Division, Department of Communications and Dr Donald Deutsch, Chair of JTC 1 SC 38.

 
     
 
 

Standards Australia’s Young Leaders Program

Standards Australia is pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2014-2015 Young Leaders Program, which is designed to bring together Australia’s next generation of standards experts. The program provides an opportunity to become involved in national and international standards development supporting Australian industry, government and consumers.

Standards Australia is inviting 10 young professionals to participate in the Young Leaders Program. We will provide training and direct exposure to the Standards development process to cultivate the skills required to be successful in the technical committee environment. Participants will be paired with a mentor and will have the opportunity to attend relevant technical committee meetings for standards development projects.

Outcomes for participants on the program include:

Gain a better understanding of standards development;
Gain the knowledge and expertise to participate on a technical committee;
Learn how to draft standards;
Develop skills to be an effective committee member; and
Develop a lasting career network.

To be eligible for the Young Leaders program, you must:

Be in your mid 20’s to mid 30’s;
Have an active interest in standardisation, for example by participating in standards development or working for an organisation that actively uses standards;
Commit to attending all scheduled events, including committee meetings; and
Commit to keeping contact with your mentor every 4-6 weeks.

To apply, provide:

A copy of your resume;
A written reference from either your employer or a Standards Australia nominating organisation, stating that they support your application; and
A written submission of no more than 500 words addressing the following topic in the Australian context: Standards level the playing field.

More information on the above topic can be found at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) page for World Standards Day 2014.

Applicants are also required to identify active standards development projects for which they would like to participate as an observer on the technical committee. A list of active projects by sector can be found here.

Applicants are asked to refer to the program schedule to ensure that they are available for the duration of the program. Applications must be made by 31 May 2014 to young.leaders@standards.org.au

The Young Leaders Program has been designed to coincide with the IEC Young Professionals Program and two energy sector participants may be eligible to attend the IEC Young Professionals Program in November 2014. More information about the IEC Program is available here.

Schedule

14 July 2014Standards Australia Training Day
Meet your mentor and cocktail event
24-26 November 2014Training Day 1: Mentor and Young Leader workshop; international standardisation
Training Day 2: Facilitation, Negotiation and Leadership skills
Training Day 3: Drafting Technical Standards
13 April 2015Nominating Organisations
Writing for a Non-Technical Audience
Farewell dinner

Note the program above is indicative – content may change, but the dates will not.

All events take place in Sydney. Subsidies will be available for interstate travel where required.

For more information please contact Alison Scotland, National Sector Manager, on 02 9237 6088.

Become a Mentor to a Standards Australia Young Leader

As a Standards Australia committee member, have you ever thought about creating a legacy by encouraging others to follow in your path? Mentors are rewarded through helping others succeed, sharing essential standards development knowledge and developing skills of both mentors and mentees. Mentoring activities can also support succession planning for your technical committees.

The Young Leaders Program provides formal training in drafting standards, writing for a non-technical audience, and international standardisation. The program also offers courses in facilitation, negotiation and leadership skills. Participants are paired with an experienced mentor who has extensive committee experience. They also have the opportunity to attend relevant technical committee meetings for active standards development projects.

While our Young Leaders Program is for the benefit of emerging talents within areas of standardisation, the following benefits apply to mentors:

Exposure to the emerging talent pool;
Ongoing attention to your own career development;
The satisfaction of imparting your wisdom and experience to others;
Enhancement of coaching, leadership and management skills;
Exposure to diverse thoughts, styles and personalities;
A way to give back to your association and/or profession; and
A lasting career network.

If this opportunity appeals to you, please contact Alison Scotland National Sector Manager, on 02 9237 6088, or email young.leaders@standards.org.au

Update to Standardisation Guide

Update to Standardisation Guide (SG) -015 Australian Involvement in International Standardisation

The following changes have been made:

The maximum term for an ISO Chairperson has changed to nine years (which can be spread over any number of terms); and
It is possible for experts and Convenors to international WGs to be re-appointed for successive 3-year terms with no limit to the number of terms.

For more information view the document here

Internet of Things – JTC 1 New Area of Focus

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.

Internet of Things (IoT) has been identified as an important future area for JTC 1 focus and a Special Working Group (SWG) 5 on Internet of Things has been established under JTC 1. IoT is an integrated environment, inter-connecting anything, anywhere at anytime. ICT is the key to IoT, it is global and it must be interoperable.

SWG 5 has been established to facilitate the co-ordination of JTC 1 IoT activities with IEC, ISO, ITU and other organisations that are developing standards for IoT and to provide the answers as to where the gaps in the standardisation world are.

The terms of reference includes:

1.Identify market requirements and standardisation gaps for IoT;
2.Encourage JTC 1 SCs and WGs to address the need for ISO/IEC standards for IoT;
3.Facilitate cooperation across JTC 1 entities;
4.Promote JTC 1 developed standards relevant to IoT and encourage them to be recognised and utilised by industry and other standards setting organisations;
5.Facilitate the coordination of JTC 1 IoT activities with IEC, ISO, ITU and other organisations that are developing standards for IoT;
6.Periodically report results and recommendations to JTC 1/SWG on Planning;
7.Provide a written report of activities and recommendations to JTC 1 in advance of each JTC 1 Plenary meeting; and
8.Study IoT Reference Architectures/Frameworks and provide a study report. This study report should be written so it could be referenced in a possible JTC 1 New Work Item Proposal on IoT.

A new work item Internet of Things Reference Architecture (IoT RA) was recently released which specifies IoT conceptual model, reference architecture from different architectural views, common entities, and interfaces between IoT domains.

Participation is open for Australian industry experts who are interested in actively contributing to this exciting new area of Internet of Things standardisation. Further information can be received from the JTC 1 Project Manager, Jenny Mance: jenny.mance@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 Standards for Product Compliance

By Graeme Drake

Chairman of the national standards committees for conformity assessment (QR-010) and compliance management systems (QR-014), and a member of the Accreditation Board for Standards Development Organisations (ABSDO).

The issue of product compliance is once again back on the agenda with the Australian Industry Group recently releasing ‘The quest for a level playing field - The non-conforming building product dilemma’ report.

With participation from Standards Australia’s national standards committee QR-010 Conformity Assessment, a number of new and revised standards related to product compliance have recently been published.

ISO/IEC 17067:2013 Conformity assessment – Fundamentals Conformity assessment - Fundamentals of product certification and guidelines for product certification schemes is one of these which also covers ‘processes’ and ‘services’ within it’s definition of ‘products’. This guidance standard covers topics such as: ownership, liability and viable business model considerations when acting as a ‘scheme owner’; gaining stakeholder buy-in and market acceptance; developing and selecting robust and clear standards; confirming appropriate audit, testing, inspection activities and confirming who best to undertake those activities; establishing appropriate processes and durations for re-certification or re-accreditation; branding and marketing the scheme; and what should be done in instances of misrepresentation, fraud or discreditable behaviour. This international standard will be adopted as a national voluntary standard in 2014.

AS/NZS ISO/IEC 17065:2013 Conformity assessment — Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services complements the above standard by providing requirements for organisations that carry out the certification of products, processes or services. While this standard is concerned with third party providing product, process or service certification, many of its provisions may also be useful in first and second-party product conformity assessment procedures. This standard covers minimum requirements for: legal and contractual issues; organisational structure and safety guards for impartiality and avoidance of conflicts of interest; resources, including competency requirements and the use of subcontractors; process requirements including applications, evaluations (audit, inspection, testing); review and decision making; issuance and subsequent control of certificates, marking and labelling; and for the management system of the certifying organisation itself. AS/NZS ISO/IEC 17065 has replaced the former ISO/IEC Guide 65 and is the basis of requirements for gaining recognition by the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) which is established by the governments of Australia and New Zealand.

Both standards recognise the need and importance of the scheme in product certification. Product compliance cannot be assured without a properly developed and robust product certification scheme.

Another related area is the competence of people, which is addressed in the new AS/NZS ISO/IEC 17024:2013 Conformity assessment - Conformity assessment — General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons. This is a requirements standard, and in addition to the topics covered by ISO/IEC 17065 it also has minimum requirements for the development and administration of person certification schemes. Person certification schemes often require minimum vocational and educational qualifications as a prerequisites, and can be the basis for credentialing individuals as being accepted members of professional and trade associations, and meeting registration requirements of regulatory bodies.

Using competent individuals for specific functions within a product certification scheme is essential if we are to have confidence in the product, process or service. Therefore it is important that product certification schemes include, among other things, competency criteria for individuals performing specific functions within the product certification body and if necessary the supplier. Product certification schemes could achieve this by requiring individuals to be certified in accordance with a scheme that complies with AS/NZS ISO/IEC 17024 or list the competencies and allow the product certification body to determine competence of their human resources.

The application of these three standards will strengthen existing and developing product compliance schemes that are used in Australia.

Copies of the above documents can be sourced via Standards Australia (www.standards.org.au).

This article was prepared by Graeme, Chairman of the national standards committees for conformity assessment (QR-010) and compliance management systems (QR-014), and a member of the Accreditation Board for Standards Development Organisations (ABSDO).

For more information contact: Graeme Drake, GED Advisory, 0466 262 372, graeme.drake@gedadvisory.com