There is a concern that Australia and New Zealand have not kept up to speed with some of the downsides of globalisation, not the least of which is the importing of building products that lack fitness for purpose.

An important question now needs to be asked: is it time to establish a federal  regulator (in the case of Australia) and a national regulator (in the case of New Zealand) who would be charged with the responsibility of accrediting imported building product that is deemed, once approved, suitable for the…