Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Find answers to frequently asked questions below.

For more information and a step-by-step guide to the main site features, see the SPEX user guide.

If you can't find an answer to your question, please email

What is SPEX?

SPEX is Standards New Zealand's committee collaboration site. It provides secure access to all working papers for committee members working on standards development projects. SPEX also hosts discussion forums and the committee balloting process.

Public information on active committees is also available, including the list of nominating organisations represented on each committee and its current projects. Search by committee number or keyword to view these details.

Why can't I find a committee?

Standards New Zealand participates in a large number of joint projects with Standards Australia. Information on joint committees run by Standards Australia is available on Standards Australia's Standards Development Public Portal.

How do I access SPEX?

Your login details will be emailed to you when you become a member of a Standards New Zealand committee. You can retrieve your login details using the 'Forgotten password' link on the SPEX login page.

How do I change my password?

Log in to SPEX using your current password, click on your name in the top right-hand corner of the page to open the account details box, then select 'Change password'. Follow the instructions on-screen to enter a new password.

I've tried entering a new password, but I can't select the reset password button

The new password you have entered might not be strong enough. The coloured bar along the bottom of the text box will change from red to green as you type to indicate the strength of your password – if the bar isn't green try entering a longer password, or including numbers or capital letters to make it more complex.

How do I access committee papers?

Once you log in, a list of your committee projects will be displayed on the dashboard. Select a project name to go to the project page where the documents are available to download.

Open a single document by clicking on the document name, or download several documents by selecting the tick boxes and clicking on the 'Download selected documents' button. The documents will be downloaded into a zip file.

How do I use the discussion forum?

From the project page, you can post a message on the discussion forum which will be emailed to all members of your committee. Click on 'start new thread' to enter and post a message.

To respond to a message, log in to SPEX and click on the topic listed in the discussion form, then click 'reply' to enter and post a message. Your response will be emailed to all members of the committee.

How do I vote on a ballot draft?

If you are a voting member of a Standards New Zealand committee, you will receive email notification when a committee ballot to approve a draft standard for publication has commenced. You can vote by logging in to SPEX until the ballot closing date.

To vote, log in to SPEX and go to the project page. Click on the 'submit vote' button, fill out the ballot form, including any comments, then tick the confirmation box and click submit. Your vote will be emailed to Standards New Zealand and you will receive email confirmation that your vote has been submitted successfully.

You can also save a partly-completed vote and return to SPEX to complete and submit it later. When you next log in, select the 'modify vote' button to return to your saved vote.

I need to provide supporting documents with my vote. Can these be submitted online?

If you need to provide additional material to support your vote, for example figures, equations, or other documents, this should be emailed to the project manager. You should submit your vote via SPEX, and tick the checkbox on the ballot page to indicate that you will provide additional material by email.