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The following is a piece by Dr Martin Gill, a CFA representative on a number of Standards Australia Technical Committees.  Petrol pricing hides a complex global market. Consider the numerous steps in supplying petrol: Crude oil is traded on a wholesale market with prices affected by global events Highly risky searches are undertaken for new…

Read More Dr Gill Asks: Why Isn’t Electricity Priced as Clearly as Petrol?

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CFA have participated in the development of an international standard designed for people who may not be researchers or manufacturers of products using nanotechnology, but who none-the-less need to be familiar with the terms and definitions used in the field. CFA representative Elaine Attwood attended the recent interim meeting of ISO TC 229 Nanotechnologies JWG1 held…

Read More Nanotechnology in Plain Language – An International Standard

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Winter is here and Consumers’ Federation of Australia representatives have contributed to standards that ensure the safety of products we use in winter. The standards are developed via the Standards Australia Technical Committee process. ACCC Top tips for winter product safety are: Never use boiling water to fill your hot water bottle and replace it…

Read More Tips for Winter Product Safety

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The International Organization for Standardization (IOS) has published a new standard for Sustainable Procurement – ISO 20400 Sustainable procurement. The standard applies to the purchasing decisions made by organisations when they choose suppliers. It ensures that a company’s suppliers behave ethically, that the products and services purchased are sustainable and capable of meeting organisation and…

Read More Meet the First International Standard for Sustainable Procurement

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Consumers have embraced the opportunities of e-commerce and now a new model is being heralded as the 4th information revolution. Consumers Federation of Australia has appointed a representative to the technical committee developing the new blockchain standard. Blockchain is a ground breaking technology for peer to peer transition platforms that uses decentralised storage to record…

Read More Blockchain and the Future for Consumers

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National Volunteer Week is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia, and provides an opportunity to highlight the role of volunteers in our community. Consumers’ Federation of Australia thanks the volunteer representatives on the CFA Standards Project for their time and expertise in the development of Australian Standards which makes the world a…

Read More Consumer Representatives and National Volunteer Week

Elaine Attwood, a CFA representative on the Food Standards Australia New Zealand, Packing Advisory Group recently attended the 5th meeting this December. The meeting involved discussion around FSANZ’s conclusions following the first Call for Submissions made. Members within the meeting heard on the issues raised within the submissions. Whilst submissions were minimal, the general caliber…

Read More CFA representative attends FSANZ Packing Advisory Group meeting

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World Standards Day is held on 14 October each year and has been recognised worldwide since 1970; it raises awareness and recognises the achievements and efforts of the thousands of experts who share their know-how and expertise in voluntary international standards setting. Australian consumers can be assured that the products and systems they use are safe and reliable thanks to an objective, rigorous set of standards.

Read More Standards build trust – World Standards Day – 14 October 2016