New Zealand Measurement System

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For economic growth and confidence in New Zealand products globally, the standards and conformance infrastructure consists of a number of autonomous organisations with specific and separate responsibilities, all cooperating to ensure a coherent system that benefits NZ Inc.

MSL has primary responsibility to provide measurement standards in accordance with the International System of units (SI). Our calibration services are accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 by International Accreditation New Zealand(external link) (IANZ).

Trading Standards(external link) is responsible for legal metrology and, unlike MSL, has enforcement powers under its legislation. Trading Standards sources its measurement traceability from MSL and operates calibration laboratories accredited to ISO/IEC17025 by IANZ.

International Accreditation New Zealand(external link) (IANZ) is the national authority for the accreditation of testing and calibration laboratories. MSL has a memorandum of understanding with IANZ to advise on all matters related to measurement traceability.

Standards New Zealand (external link)(SNZ) is the national standards body and also operates the Technical Barriers to Trade Enquiry Point on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (external link)(JAS-ANZ) provides accreditation for conformity assessment bodies in the fields of certification and inspection.


New Zealand's standards and conformance infrastructure

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International Relationships

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New Zealand Measurement Legislation

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