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IANZ Welcomes New Chief Executive

We delighted to introduce to you our new Chief Executive for IANZ, Dr Brian Young, BSc (Hon), PhD, CMInstD.

As an experienced science leader, diplomat, and neuroscientist, Brian began his career in science with a BSc (Hon) degree in psychology at the University of Canterbury, followed by PhD study in behavioural neuroscience at Dartmouth College (USA). His neuroscience research work extended across UNC-Chapel Hill, and SUNY-Stony Brook in the United States, followed by the University of Otago and Hort Research in New Zealand.

Brian’s subsequent career in science diplomacy took him back to the United States where he was the inaugural Science & Technology Counsellor in the New Zealand Embassy (Washington DC). Following his diplomatic post, Brian was the Director, Research at the University of Otago, and for the nine years prior to joining IANZ, he was the Director of the Defence Technology Agency.

In addition to his science leadership credentials, Brian has nine years of governance experience representing New Zealand on several international Defence science and technology boards. More locally he is a board member of the Museum of Transport and Technology, and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.

Our team are thrilled to have Brian on board and we look forward to his leadership at the helm of IANZ as we continue our commitment to protecting the health and wealth of New Zealand.

Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on CA in New Zealand

Late last year, IANZ accredited laboratories and inspection bodies (Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) as they are known in the accreditation community) were invited to participate in a survey, run by the University of Canterbury. The purpose of the survey was to investigate the economic impact to and overall resilience of accredited organisations to the impact of Covid-19.

The results have been shared with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Enterprise (MBIE) as the agency responsible for Quality Infrastructure policy for New Zealand.

The final report from the survey is available here:

Watch IANZ in Action With Auckland Radiology Group

The IANZ goal of protecting the health of New Zealanders truly comes into focus through partnerships with organisations like Auckland Radiology Group. The IANZ goal of protecting the health of New Zealanders truly comes into focus through partnerships with organisations like Auckland Radiology Group.

17 specialist clinics around the region offer a wide range of state-of-the-art medical imaging services from ultrasound, CT and MRI scans through to a specialist range of services such as musculoskeletal radiology and women’s health.

Continual updating of their equipment and services as technology evolves means that keeping in check with the standards required to provide optimal professionalism, safety and accuracy is essential. Thorough assessments by IANZ, as well as sharing important industry trends, keeps Auckland Radiology Group ahead of the game, while creating a reliable, stress-free and reassuring service for the thousands of Aucklanders who visit each day.

How Does Fisher & Paykel's Partnership With IANZ Help Their Export Ambitions?

As far a notable brands go, it doesn’t get much more ‘Kiwi’ than Fisher & Paykel. Their range of domestic refrigeration products are exported around the world and IANZ helps smooth the way. Take a look behind the scenes at Fisher & Paykel and hear first-hand how their partnership with IANZ helps their export ambitions.

Driven by a pioneering spirit, passion for innovation and exceptional design standards, Fisher & Paykel’s range of domestic refrigeration products are exported to a number of countries and must meet stringent international standards. From energy consumption ratings to optimal performance, every person who opens a Fisher & Paykel fridge to grab a snack can be assured they are up to standard.

IANZ accreditation smooths the way for Fisher & Paykel to take their products to the world, with annual assessments undertaken by experts to ensure their people and processes are meeting every standard required, while taking a collaborative approach with their team to look at areas for refinement or efficiency.

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