Standards in this sector not only support manufacturers and retailers, they also provide safety and confidence for the end user. Because consumer product standards are directly linked to public safety, this is a key priority for Standards Australia.
Standards Australia have two key objectives: ensuring consumers are informed of the latest international developments and the corresponding standards are adopted nationally. We do this by working alongside stakeholders on key international technical committees (including ISO TC 181, Safety of toys).
Standards Australia has been at the forefront of this work. It led the international development of a unit pricing standard, resulting in more convenient product labelling. This is good for the retailer (design and research costs are reduced) and the consumer (prices are easier to compare).
Standards Australia participates in ISO Consumer Policy Committee (COPOLCO) meetings. These meetings empower Australia to develop consumer standards and policies thus boosting Australia’s competitiveness and consumer power in the global marketplace.
Many consumer products standards are referenced by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).