|Welcome to the Ai Group Standards and Regulatory Services (SRS) team's Communique for the month of December.
In November I attended Standards Australia's Council meeting along with Ian Forte of Electrolux and Steve Cummings of GWA Group. A motion was passed acknowledging the huge effort made by Standards Australia in breaking the SAI Global monopoly. The highlight of the meeting was the release of the Distribution and Licensing Policy Framework (here) that will underpin the opening up of the market for the distribution of Australian Standards. Currently SAI Global and Techstreet are the only distributors with further appointments expected. Ai Group is seeking expressions of interest from members who we can work with to approach SAI Global and Techstreet to ascertain if we can negotiate improved pricing.
Our Standards Leaders Group met on 6 November and endorsed the SRS team’s strategic plan for 2020. Activities planned include the hosting of the second Electrical Regulators and Industry Leaders forum where senior staff from regulators and industry meet to discuss long term issues such as regulatory certainty and alignment of the EESS.
Ai Group is pleased to announce the following appointments:
We look forward to working with you all.
- Chair - Rotating Machines Forum (RMF) – Frank Cerra, SEW Eurodrive (note that Frank has been in this role for over 10 years and we thank him for his contributions to date)
- Chair - Electrical Vehicle Member Reference Group (EV MRG) - Ross De Rango, NHP
- Co-Chairs - Electrical Equipment Manufacturers and Suppliers Forum (EEMSF)
- Nick Thompson – NHP (accessories)
- Geoff Booth – BWES (appliances)
The Commonwealth Treasury provided a briefing to members on the General Safety Provision in the Consultation RIS Improving the effectiveness of the Consumer Product Safety System. There are two options proposed for a GSP: a new duty to ensure products placed on the market that are not "unsafe", or a higher threshold for what is considered "safe". Members felt the latter was too onerous and would create excessive regulatory burden on manufacturers and suppliers. Ai Group is still seeking member perspectives for our submission.
The results are in from the Standards Australia Board elections. Congratulations to Michelle Fitzgerald, Ian Oppermann and Marlene Kanga. They all bring an enormous depth and breadth of experience to the position. We wish them well.
We will resume this communique in February of 2020. For now, we wish you all a great holiday season and look forward to working with you next year.
Enjoy the read,
Senior Adviser – Standards and Regulation