Standards are essential in defining generally accepted specifications for product safety and performance, requirements for effective management systems and for providing governments with a technical base for health, safety and environmental legislation. Standards reduce barriers to international trade, reduce red tape and safeguard consumers and users of products and services.
Standards are voluntary documents that set out specifications, procedures and guidelines that aim to ensure products, services, and systems are safe, consistent, and reliable. State and Commonwealth governments often refer to Australian Standards® (AS) or joint Australian/New Zealand Standards (AS/NZS) in their legislation. When this happens, these standards can become mandatory.
Standards Australia is the country’s leading independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit standards organisation. Standards Australia represents Australia on the two major international standardising bodies, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
MTAA is one of the Nominating Organisations participating in the Standards Australia technical committees responsible for writing standards and deciding on the adoption of international standards in the Health & Community Services Sector.
By volunteering to represent MTAA in the Standards Australia technical committees our members contribute to the development and the adoption of standards relevant to medical technology and promote the views and interests of the Australian MedTech industry.