Technical policies

Applicants seeking accreditation and Accredited Persons should be familiar with our Technical Policies – especially those relevant to the accreditation categories listed in their application or Letter of Accreditation.

Trading Standards is responsible for ensuring that the trade measurement system is administered in accordance with New Zealand’s weights and measures legislation. The purpose of our technical policies is to provide clarity and to avoid areas of possible confusion that may lead to non-compliance.

To this end, we've reviewed all technical policies that have been released since July 1991 and consolidated them into a single document, which you can download here.

Technical policies [PDF, 2.8 MB]

These technical policies came into force 1 January 2017, and are not retrospective. Instruments that are stamped with a Mark of Verification or issued with a Certificate of Accuracy after 1 January 2017 must meet the requirements set out in these policies.

All previous technical policies are no longer valid. This includes technical policies provided by Trading Standards or under any of its former titles and by any means of communication.