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Trade facilitated for exporters of weighing machines

PTB and Chinese partner institutes have signed an agreement on mutual recognition of measurement results. In the future German exporters of weighing machines will find trade with China much easier.

Manfred Kochsiek, PTB (left) and Xuan Xiang; AQSIQ (State General Administration of People«s Republic of China for Quality Supervision and Inspection and Quarantine) (right) sign the Mutual Recognition Agreement of Test Results concluded between the metrology institutes of Germany and China

Professor Manfred Kochsiek, vice-president of PTB, signed an agreement between the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) and several Chinese partner institutes in Beijing on November 1, 2001. The agreement regulates the mutual recognition of measurement results. Presently, the agreement is valid for measurement results of weighing machines and load cells. From now on China and Germany will recognize metrological tests carried out at PTB or one of the Chinese partner institutes. A corresponding agreement with Japan has been in force since 1999. German metrology which holds a leading position in the world will profit from the new agreement. This will also set a signal for future multilateral agreements with other countries around the world.

The agreement was signed in Beijing within the framework of the second ministerial meeting of the German-Chinese Dialogue Forum - a meeting in which Gerhard Schröder, the German Chancellor, Werner Müller, the German Federal Minister of Economics, and a delegation of top German industrialists participated.