In accordance with section 272E of the Building Act 2004, the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) hereby gives notice of her intent to make the following Product Certification (CodeMark) Scheme Rules.
The purpose of the proposed rules is to align with the pending changes to the Building Act and supporting regulations; provide operational detail to support these changes; improve usability; and increase confidence in the CodeMark scheme. The proposed rules aim to deliver benefits that:
- allow for stronger oversight by MBIE as scheme owner through new registration requirements for product certification bodies and product certificates;
- provide product certification bodies with better defined criteria to assess technical competencies, test reports, and surveillance criteria;
- allow a more nuanced and thorough risk assessment framework for evaluating building products or methods;
- provide greater oversight by the accreditation body of transferred product certificates;
- ensure traceability of product certificates and operational efficiencies through standardised product certificate numbers; and
- support scheme participants through strengthened notification and required information criteria.
The CodeMark scheme rules will take effect from 7 September 2022. Accredited product certification bodies are considered registered product certification bodies for six months following commencement but must apply to MBIE for registration before the end of this period. Current product certificates are considered registered product certificates and will be reviewed under the new scheme requirements when their next review is due. All product certifications in progress at 7 Sept 2022 or started after that date will need to be completed in accordance with the new rules.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) seeks written submissions on proposed rules for the CodeMark scheme for product certification.
Consultation will commence on 27 April 2022. Submissions must be made online or by email, post, or physical delivery by 5pm on 25 May 2022.
The consultation document, proposed scheme rules, and online submission form can be found at www.mbie.govt.nz/have-your-say.
Email submissions must be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “CodeMark consultation 2022”.
Postal submissions must be addressed to: “CodeMark consultation 2022”, Building System Performance, Building Resources and Markets, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, PO Box 1473, Wellington 6140.
Dated at Wellington this 27th day of April 2022.
CAROLYN TREMAIN, Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.