Regulation changes effective from 1 November 2019

These regulation changes, and those that follow over the next few years, will increase the reliability of certificates and efficiency of building consent processing.

The CodeMark scheme was developed to provide an easily understood and robust way to show that a product meets the requirements of the New Zealand Building Code (the Building Code). To ensure we can deliver these benefits to the building sector, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is implementing changes to improve the scheme. The first stage of these improvements began on 1 November 2019, with the Building (Product Certification) Amendment Regulations 2019

Summary of the 2019 changes

As part of the regulation amendments, MBIE has updated references to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards. Product Certification Bodies (PCBs) and certificate holders currently comply with these.

Prior to the 1 November 2019 amendments, certificate holders would determine the Building Code clauses that their building methods and products would be evaluated against. The 2019 amendments now require building products and methods to be assessed against Building Code clause B2 (Durability), all F1 to F9 (Safety of users) clauses relevant to the intended use of the building product or method, and all other provisions of the Building Code that are relevant to the intended use of the building product or method.

The other significant change made by the amendments is that there will be more content and key information included on CodeMark certificates.

Building (Product Certification) Regulations 2008

These regulations came into force on 30 October 2008, and were reprinted as at 1 November 2019. They remain in effect until the next reprint. This reprint excludes amendments that are not yet in force from the Building (Product Certification) Amendment Regulations 2019.

Changes for certificate holders 

Here is an outline of the significant changes for CodeMark certificate holders:

  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard references update – you will need to ensure your product quality plans comply with ISO 10005:2018 Quality management – Guidelines for quality plans, which is the updated version of ISO 10005, Second Edition 2005-06-01: Quality Management systems – Guidelines for quality plans.
  • The building product or method must comply with Building Code clause B2 (Durability), all F1 to F9 (Safety of users) clauses relevant to the intended use of the building product or method, and all other provisions of the Building Code that are relevant to the intended use of the building product or method.
  • Certificate holders need to determine which Code clauses are relevant for all intended uses of their building method or product and will need to provide evidence of compliance to their PCB. The intended use is determined by the product description and the scope and limitations of the product. Certificate holders may need to seek independent advice to identify the relevant Code clauses, and may need to provide additional evidence to their PCB to satisfy those requirements.
  • Certificates will be reassessed by your PCB at your next audit date under the new certificate requirements. Your certificate will be valid until the next audit date. We advise that you get in contact with your issuing PCB well in advance to ensure that any required changes do not hold up the certificate renewal period.
  • Product certificates will now require more content that must cover more key information:

For further information on how you can comply with these changes, please contact your Product Certification Body.

Changes for Product Certification Bodies

Here is an outline of the significant changes for CodeMark accredited Product Certification Bodies:

  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard references update:
    • PCBs must comply with all relevant requirements in ISO/IEC 17065:2012 (Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services), which is the updated version of ISO/IEC Guide 65:1996;
    • Product certificate holders and new applicants must have quality plans that comply with ISO 10005: 2018 Quality management – Guidelines for quality plans. PCBs will need to update their procedures to check that the quality plans comply with this standard.
  • PCBs will need to check that all New Zealand Building Code clauses have been identified for the intended use(s) of the building product or method, and that evidence to satisfy those requirements has been provided. This includes Building Code clause B2 (Durability), all F1 to F9 (Safety of users) clauses relevant to the intended use of the building product or method, and all other provisions of the Building Code that are relevant to the intended use of the building product or method.
  • For certificates issued before 1 November 2019, a transitional provision allows a current product certificate to continue until the next audit date. PCBs will need to update procedures to make sure they obtain required information from certificate holders for their next audit, and that the new information is verified and added to product certificates. The new content of product certificates can be found in Schedule 2 of the Building (Product Certification) Regulations 2008.
  • Product certificates will now require more content that must cover more key information:

Contact the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) for more information about how to comply.

Contact us

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This information is published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Chief Executive. It is a general guide only and, if used, does not relieve any person of the obligation to consider any matter to which the information relates according to the circumstances of the particular case. Expert advice may be required in specific circumstances. Where this information relates to assisting people: