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Update on the new Methamphetamine Decontamination levels... - 9th May 2017

06 APRIL 2017

The committee developing NZS 8510 Testing and decontamination of methamphetamine-contaminated properties met again on 21 March 2017. As a result of the number and nature of public comments on the draft standard, and the time needed for the committee to consider them and determine if any changes are needed to the standard, the planned publication date for the final standard will now shift from the end of April 2017 to the end of June 2017. 

Standards New Zealand relies on members of standards committees to volunteer their time and expertise to develop standards. This involves committee members working individually and together to draft the technical contents of standards while also running their own businesses or meeting obligations to their employers, and consulting with the organisations that nominated them on to the committee. This effort and commitment, along with the significant number of public comments on DZ 8510 that have had to be considered, means that planned milestones during the latter stages of developing this standard have had to shift. 

The next steps in the development of the standard are:

  • working groups of the committee will prepare changes to each section and the appendices of the draft standard over the next three weeks (by mid-April)
  • Standards New Zealand will collate all the changes from the working groups into a new complete draft and circulate it to the whole committee for members to review during the remainder of April
  • the committee will meet again on 8 May 2017 to discuss the new complete draft. Any further work on the technical content of the standard will be decided at that meeting
  • we expect the committee to reach consensus on the contents of the standard and vote on the standard in late May
  • the standard will then be submitted to the Standards Approval Board in early June for approval, as required by the Standards and Accreditation Act 2015
  • Standards New Zealand will then prepare the standard for publication by the end of June 2017.
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