National Standards Development Organisation comes of age
Friday, August 29, 2014
On 31 July 2014, six months after it formal constitution, National Standards Development Organisation (NSDO) held it first Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Members Assembly (MA) where its Members reflected on its first 6 months.
At the AGM, an amendment to the NSDO Constitution was approved that deleted a requirement that organisations nominating representatives on Technical Committees needed to be Members of NSDO. This change was made following comment that this requirement, that has been mis-interpreted to include existing committee members, had affected the rate of take up of NSDO Membership (that is still open - see www.nsdo.org.au). As a consequence a new membership brochure was developed.
At the MA, member representative re-elected the existing 5 Board Members, Maurene Horder, Peter Reeves, Alan Pearson and Peter Walsh and elected Susan Little who was also endorsed as Chairperson of Committee PP-20 to replace Peter Walsh.
The SDC meeting endorsed the continuation of the development of specific producte colabelling and environmental declaration standards for masonry, windows and roofing systems and referred comment from ALCAS objectecting to the exclusive specification of BPIC data and methodology to Committee PP-20 to consider making this optional.
The Board put the broom through the previous NSDO governace positions in that
- Maurene Horder was appoined Chairman to replace Peter Walsh who stood down as (Interim) Chairman, while maintaining the position of Managing Director, and
- Peter Reeves was appointed as the new Deputy Chairman.
It is believed that these changes should ensure that NSDO governance is substantially separated from its "benefactor" Global-Mark and it's CEO, Herve Michoux, who remains a Director witout a specific portfolio.
The Board also appointed Maurene Horder, Peter Reeves and Suzanne Little as member of it Accreditaion Committee with the task of developing a submission to the (Standards Australia) Accreditation Board for Standards Development Organisations for approval to development of the next revision of the 10 published NS 11000 series standards as Australia Standards. The Board agreed to defer this submission until these revision are substantially ready for publication and NSDO Membership has expanded.