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, improve consenting efficiency and lead to safer and more durable building work.

CodeMark improvement plan

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. 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 begins 1 November 2019, with the Building Product Certification Amendment Regulations 2019. 

Summary of Building (Product Certification) Amendment Regulations 2019

As part of the regulation changes, we have updated references to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards. Product Certification Bodies (PCBs) and certificate holders currently comply with these. Previously, certificate holders would determine the code clauses that their building methods and products would be evaluated against, however building methods and products must now be assessed against all New Zealand Building Code clauses relevant to their intended use(s). The other main change from 1 November 2019 is that there will be more content and key information included on certificates, making them more useful for people who use them.

Building (Product Certification) Amendment Regulations 2019. (These regulations come into force from 1 November 2019).

Building (Product Certification) Regulations 2008 (Reprint as at 28 November 2013). (These regulations came into force on 30 October 2008, and were reprinted as at 28 November 2013. They remain in effect until the next reprint).

Changes for certificate holders 

If you're a CodeMark certificate holder, here's an outline of what the 2019 regulation changes mean for you. For more information on how to comply please contact your PCB.

  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard references update
    • You will need to make sure 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 all of the provisions of the New Zealand Building Code that are relevant to the building method or product's intended use. This includes, without limitation, Clause B2 (Durability) and the relevant provisions of clauses F1-F9 (Safety of users).
  • 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 from a consultant 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 as per the new certificate requirements. Your certificate will be valid until the next audit date, so only then will the certificate need updating. 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:

Changes for Product Certification Bodies

If you're a CodeMark PCB, here's an outline of what the 2019 regulation changes mean for you. MBIE recommends you contact the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) for more information about how to comply.

  • 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 applicants or holders 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 method or product and that evidence to satisfy those requirements has been provided. This includes clause B2 (Durability) and all relevant clauses within F1-F9 (Safety of users).
  • The new content of product certificates can be found in Schedule 2 of the amended regulations. 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 that they obtain required information from certificate holders for their next audit, and that the new information is verified and added to product certificates.
  • Product certificates will now require more content that must cover more key information:

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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: