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February 2017 Edition

 

CEO Report: The Year Ahead

Nominate Today for 2017 Standards Awards

Changes to Functional Structure and Executive Responsibilities

Now Accepting Project Proposals

In Conversation with Greg Dockar

Shaping Energy Storage Systems in Australia

Launch of ISO e-Balloting Platform

Oil and Gas Standards for Australia’s Competitive Advantage

 

Interim Standard Confirmed for Waterborne Inflatables

Standards Australia Seminars Nationwide

Silver Economy Standards and Innovation Workshop

Joint Australian and New Zealand Standards—What’s Changed?

International Update

Sector Updates

Drafts Open for Comment

Certification Visit Well Packaged for PEFC Chief Ben Gunneberg

CEO Report: The Year Ahead


 
Welcome to the first E-News of 2017. I hope that your year is off to a great start.

We have had a productive start to 2017 after a strong finish to 2016. Please nominate today for the Standards Awards to recognise those that inspired and contributed to last year’s success.

Throughout last year we hosted 466 national committee meetings, 19 international meetings and 53 training workshops. Our 2017 schedule is even busier as we deliver our digital transformation projects and our business process improvement projects.

I was delighted to announce our new functional structure in January to guide our transformation in the coming years. I’m confident in the team and structure we have in place, and am buoyed by the engagement, feedback and ideas that consistently come from our standards community.

We have been working on the beta release of our new standards repository and will be ready to roll this out to committee members by May 2017.

Those of you involved in the ISOlutions pilot will already have transitioned to the ISOlutions platform for ISO balloting. The early feedback from the trial is that the ISOlutions platform is freeing up contributor time for standards work and reducing the time required for administrative tasks.

A critical measure of success for us is the good use of contributor time. The projects above are just two that we are working on that aim to balance effort with outcomes achieved. We are genuinely excited that we can begin to share these achievements with you.

Another highlight as we start the year has been your enthusiastic participation in our annual seminars where we speak with you about standards development.

More sectors of the community and economy are looking strategically at standards as part of an overall sectoral approach. We look forward to receiving your proposals through the first round of project prioritisation for 2017 (the round opened on 06/02/2017).

We can never thank you enough for the insights, suggestions and feedback we receive in forums such as the nominating organisation forums, the focus groups, the emails you send, all the way through to participating in beta testing of new systems. Be ready for many sincere ‘Thank Yous’ from the team this year as we work to make it easier to do business with us. That is, by being simpler, faster and better.

As you will see below, we are working in a range of exciting areas from energy to the silver economy to oil and gas and many topics in between.

This is a bumper edition of E-News, and I hope you enjoy it.

—Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO

Nominate Today for 2017 Standards Awards


 
Standards Australia is pleased to announce that nominations for the 2017 Standards Awards are open for entry. Nominations will be accepted for Standards Australia committee members and committees as well as accredited standards development organisations. Nominations close Friday 17 March 2017.

More information, including the nomination form, is on our Standards Awards page.

Changes to Functional Structure and Executive Responsibilities



This year Standards Australia put in place changes to its functional structure to maximise the skills of its people and contributors. As a result, the new executive team is:
  • Dr Bronwyn Evans, Chief Executive Officer
  • Adrian O’Connell, Deputy Chief Executive Officer
  • Kareen Riley-Takos, General Manager Operations
  • Varant Meguerditchian, General Manager Stakeholder Engagement
  • Adam Stingemore, General Manager Strategy and Public Affairs
Learn more in our media release (PDF) explaining the restructure.

Now Accepting Project Proposals


The 14th round of project prioritisation is now open. We are accepting proposals until 22 March 2017. Read more about the process on our website, or speak to one of our National Sector Managers to learn more.

In Conversation with Greg Dockar


 
Greg Dockar is the Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager at ResMed, a Sydney-based manufacturer supplying medical devices to over 60 countries. His working career began with electronics companies in consumer goods and military electronics followed by a major global medical company (Ohmeda) involved in operating theatre and intensive care products. Greg also worked in product certification for Standards Australia under the previous business model. He has worked extensively with regulators and in standards development for the past 15+ years. He is currently an active member of the technical committees HE-017, Medical Gas Systems and HE-019, Anaesthetic and Breathing Equipment as well as the international committees ISO/TC 121/SC 3, Lung ventilators and related equipment and ISO/TC 121/SC 4, Terminology and semantics.

Standards Australia: How has your past role with Standards Australia affected your involvement as a committee member?
Greg Dockar: It completely changed the way I view standards development. When drafting a standard, you cannot be thinking about the advantages for specific groups; you have to keep it neutral and write it in a way that it can be used by anyone and for everyone’s greatest benefit.

SA: What are the challenges to developing standards in the health sector?
GD: I think most sectors face the same kinds of challenges when it comes to standards development. Listening to all of the voices at the table and then finding a way for those conflicting requirements to agree is a big challenge in itself. The healthcare sector differs in that it is a highly regulated environment, having regulators such as the FDA adopt a particular standard is evidence that the work being carried out at the international level is valuable.

Participating on international committees also introduces the obstacle of language barriers. Many members who don’t speak English as their first language often read the standard very literally, so we have to be conscious of this and other cultural issues.

SA: How can Standards Australia better collaborate with stakeholders?
GD: Standards Australia should continue to host international meetings here in Australia wherever possible. Standards Australia provides things other national standards bodies don’t: excellent facilities, helpful staff, and a good forum for the exchange of ideas at a global level. When we are unable to host locally, it’s crucial that committee members attend overseas meetings and remain engaged to maintain Australia’s recognition globally as a leader in standards development. Standards Australia recently hosted the international committee (ISO TC 121/SC 3) on lung ventilators and related equipment, and it was one of the first times we’ve had the entire standards committee together in this great city of Sydney.

SA: What do you think is in the future of standardisation?
GD: Technology affects everything we do. Standards have come a long way in terms of keeping up. Today we are taking on board the latest technology and implementing it in real time to ensure standards are relevant for users and manufacturers, and we must continue to do so. Society can’t function otherwise. Think about it—you wouldn’t have a laptop, you couldn’t tweet on your phones, you couldn’t even make a phone call without standards. In the decades I’ve been involved we are now seeing more standards being developed than I ever thought possible. The challenge is to keep standards in sync with the rapid advancements in technology.

Shaping Energy Storage Systems in Australia


 
Standards Australia recently completed the Roadmap for Energy Storage Standards which sets out the areas of priority for standards development to support the roll-out of energy storage systems in Australia.

Learn more in our media release (PDF).

Launch of ISO e-Balloting Platform


 
After months of user testing, Standards Australia is excited to be launching ISOlutions, a new e-balloting tool for ISO mirror committees.

As the Australian member of ISO, Standards Australia is responsible for facilitating international ballots for our national mirror committees. As part of our Digital Transformation project, we want to simplify the way our committee members gain access to their ISO balloting information, and ensure a more transparent platform for national consensus building.

Benefits of the e-balloting tool include:
  • Managing ISO ballots and comments on one intuiative, easy to use platform
  • Significant time saving on manual tasks
  • Enhancement of national positioning process for ISO ballots
Starting in March and completing in June 2017, we will be rolling out a phased transition into ISOlutions; more details will be sent to each national mirror committee in the weeks leading up to the transition.

“All in one place and easy to follow—look forward to hopefully having this platform for all of my committees!”
– Annette Hoskin, Committee Member

“Simpler interface, easier to find what needs my attention”
– John Snare, Committee Member

To learn more, please email us at mail@standards.org.au

Oil and Gas Standards for Australia’s Competitive Advantage


Standards Australia will help guide the development of international standards for use across the oil and gas sector. A proposal from NERA (National Energy Resources Australia) was recently approved to establish a new Australian Technical Committee to mirror ISO TC 67. This is the international standards development committee responsible for materials, equipment and offshore structures for the petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries.

Read more in our joint media release (PDF).

Interim Standard Confirmed for Waterborne Inflatables


This month AS 3533.4.5:2017, Amusement rides and devices, Part 4.5: Specific requirements—Waterborne inflatables, was published. Previously an interim standard, this standard adds to the suite of standards covering amusement park rides.

Learn more in our media release (PDF).

Standards Australia Seminars Nationwide


Our National Sector Managers are traveling across the country to discuss the standards development process, the accreditation pathway and stakeholder engagement. Thank you to everyone that attended in Canberra and Melbourne. We still have six other cities to visit so we hope to see you there! Questions can be emailed to nsm@standards.org.au

 
Upcoming seminars
Hobart, 24 February
Closed
Sydney, 27 February
Closed
Brisbane, 2 March
Closed
Perth, 2 March
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Adelaide, 9 March
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Darwin, 10 March
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Silver Economy Standards and Innovation Workshop


 
The Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and Standards Australia with the endorsement of the APEC's Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance, invites APEC member economy stakeholders to attend a two-day Silver Economy Standards and Innovation Workshop in Sydney, Australia.

The APEC workshop will focus on how standards and innovation can support the growth of the Silver Economy. It will generate a dialogue to share information, know-how and experiences and deliver a Silver Economy Standards and Innovation Framework to assist APEC in coordinating efforts to meet the increasing demand for innovative products and services to support our ageing populations.

A diverse range of participants are invited to attend the workshop, including SME representatives, innovators, technology start-ups, National Standards Bodies (NSBs), industry associations, research organisations, governments, regulators and APEC officials. The workshop will be held on 4–5 April 2017 at Standards Australia’s offices in Sydney. Details are outlined in the workshop flyer.

Joint Australian and New Zealand Standards—What’s Changed?


Developing and adopting joint Australian and New Zealand Standards has provided the technical foundation for a shared system promoting safety, interoperability, sustainability and trade, since 1992.

Together with Standards New Zealand we have put together a fact sheet (PDF) to answer any questions you might have in relation to this partnership and the development of joint standards.
 
     
 
 
 

International Update


Standards Australia represents Australia on the two major international standards development bodies, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Our activities are reported on our International Updates page.

A few highlights from January 2017 (PDF):
  • CEN and CENELEC Work Programme 2017 is now available
  • ISO 19011 Guidelines for auditing management systems is at Committee Draft stage
  • 2017 IECEx International Conference will be held in Shanghai China, April 2017

Sector Updates


Read about the latest standards development news in your industry sector on our Sector Updates page.

Drafts Open for Comment


The public comment process provides an opportunity for stakeholders and members of the public to make valuable contributions. View draft standards currently open for comment.
 
 
 
 

Certification Visit Well Packaged for PEFC Chief Ben Gunneberg


 
Ben Gunneberg … packaging mission Down Under.
Certification systems used by Australia’s multi-million-dollar packaging industry will be high on the agenda for PEFC International CEO Ben Gunneberg during meetings with stakeholders in March.

The Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification is the world’s largest forest certification scheme.

Paper and board (folding, corrugated board or cardboard for liquids) holds leadership in global packaging consumption, valued at more than $265 billion.

The market is projected to grow by 3.5% a year to 2020 with sales reaching $998 billion.

Mr Gunneberg, who will visit packaging operations in Sydney and Melbourne, will address an industry dinner in Sydney, hosted by Australian Forestry Standard Ltd, the PEFC governing body in Australasia.

“PEFC chain-of-custody certification helps packaging companies demonstrate that they are sourcing raw materials from well-managed forests,” said AFS Ltd CEO Simon Dorries.

“An increasing number of companies are keen to demonstrate that the fibre they use in packaging comes from a certified sustainable source,” Mr Dorries said.

“This is important as consumers are increasingly conscious of the impact of their purchasing decisions on the environment.”

Ben Gunneberg said there was a growing demand for more environmental information to be displayed on packaging, to help consumers make informed choices; 54% of consumers trusted environmental labels.

China is the biggest market for packaging, ahead of the US, and will represent nearly a quarter of global consumption in 2020. India and South Korea are also forecast to record high growth.

The expansion of on-line commerce is beneficial to board packaging in countries where this material dominates, such as in China where the Alibaba group ships 12 million parcels a day.

Board packaging is changing because more than 30% of on-line purchases are returned – hence the necessity for packaging that is easy to open and to reseal – and because e-commerce places emphasis on packaging to maximise the customer experience.