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Improving Quality Infrastructure in ASEAN

(Association of Southeast Asian Nations)

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Objective

Regional and national Quality Infrastructure (QI) institutions take into account international good practices when implementing the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint in the fields of standards and technical barriers to trade.

Approach

This project marks the second phase of cooperation between PTB and the ASEAN Sectoral Body under the purview of the ASEAN Economic Ministers: the ASEAN Consultative Committee on Standards and Quality (ACCSQ). ACCSQ endeavours to facilitate the harmonization of national standards with international standards and implement mutual recognition arrangements (MRA) on conformity assessment to achieve its end-goal of “One Standard, One Test, Accepted Everywhere”, thus reducing non-tariff barriers to trade. The project supports ASEAN to reach that goal by targeting both the regional and national level.

At the regional level, ACCSQ and its working groups (i.e. the Working Groups on Standards and MRAs, on Accreditation and Conformity Assessment, on Legal Metrology and selected Priority Integration Sectors) are supported to implement quality-related provisions and move forward harmonization endeavours by strengthening technical skills, methods of strategic planning and following international good practices.

At the national level, political and technical decision-makers are advised on quality-related issues, as well as reforms and legislative initiatives; aiming to improve the institutional environment. In addition, individual QI institutions are advised how to enhance their services. Activities in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam take into account the Initiative on ASEAN Integration (IAI) goals.

A further key element of this project is raising awareness for the relevance of Quality Infrastructure for ASEAN, especially among decision-makers from the private and the public sector.

Impact

Thanks to improved capacities in the regional and national Quality Infrastructure, which includes accreditation bodies, conformity assessment bodies, institutions of legal metrology and selected industry sectors, the ASEAN regional integration process in the area of standards and conformance will be enhanced. As a consequence, the ASEAN member states will benefit more readily from the ASEAN Economic Community’s trade potential. In particular, small and medium-sized enterprises, which depend on locally available QI services to support their participation in the regional and international markets, will have access to better services. Ultimately, consumers in ASEAN benefit as well, gaining better access to services and improved product quality, overall better health and consumer protection.

Cooperation

The project is a module of the German Development Cooperation Program “ASEAN Single Market”.

Member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.


Improving Quality Infrastructure in ASEAN

Source of finance
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Implementing agency
Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB),
National Metrology Institute, Germany

Duration
2015 – 2018

Contact
ASEAN Secretariat
Sylvia Laksmi Sardy
+62 21 7262991 ext. 300
sylvia.sardy(at)asean.org

 

PTB Project Coordinators

Svenja Weyrauch

+49 531 592 9537

svenja.weyrauch(at)ptb.de

 

Stefanie Reichertz

+49 531 592 8217

stefanie.reichertz(at)ptb.de

www.ptb.de/q5

ASEAN Consultative Committee for Standards and Quality (ACCSQ)

Working Group on Standards and Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAS)

Title Date Place Organizers
3rd Workshop on Revision of ASEAN Good Regulatory Practice (GRP) Guide 09.05.2018 Singapore PTB, Enterprise Singapore
Brainstorming Workshop with WG 1 on Future Cooperation Activities 09.05.2018 will be announced PTB, Enterprise Singapore
Bilateral Coaching for Myanmar on “Good Practices in Preparation, Adoption, and Implementation of Standards in May 2018 07.–08.05.2018 Yangon, Myanmar PTB, Myanmar Department of Research and Innovation
2nd Workshop on Revision of ASEAN Good Regulatory Practice (GRP) Guide in November 2017 01.11.2017 will be announced PTB, Bureau Of Product Standards of Philippines
Workshop on occasion of World Standards Day 2017 20.10.2017 will be announced PTB, Myanmar Department of Research and Innovation
Workshop on Revision of ASEAN Good Regulatory Practice (GRP) Guide in May 2017 24.05.2017 will be announced PTB, Myanmar Department of Research and Innovation
Bilateral Coaching for Cambodia on “Good Practices in Preparation, Adoption, and Implementation of Standards in May 2017 03.–06.05.2017 Phnom Penh, Cambodia PTB, ISC
Bilateral Coaching for Cambodia on “Good Practices in Preparation, Adoption, and Implementation of Standards in December 2016 12.–14.12.2016 will be announced PTB, ISC
Bilateral Coaching for Cambodia on “Good Practices in Preparation, Adoption, and Implementation of Standards in July 2016 11.–15.07.2016 Phnom Penh, Cambodia ISC, PTB
Bilateral Coaching For Myanmar ON GOOD PRACTICES IN PREPARATION, ADOPTION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF STANDARDS 11.–12.02.2016 Yangon, Myanmar PTB, National Standards and Quality Department
Bilateral Coaching For Lao PDR ON GOOD PRACTICES IN PREPARATION, ADOPTION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF STANDARDS 09.–10.02.2016 Vientiane, Lao PDR PTB, DSM Laos
KICK-OFF WORKSHOP FOR CLM COUNTRIES ON GOOD PRACTICES IN PREPARATION, ADOPTION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF STANDARDS 08.–09.02.2016 Vientiane, Lao PDR PTB
Key Expert Consultancy in area of Standard 28.09.–02.10.2015 Brunei Darussalam, Phnom Penh, Cambodia PTB, ISC, National Standards Center of Brunei Darussalam
PTB - WG 1 Planning Workshop 10.06.2015 Siem Reap, Cambodia ASEAN, PTB

Working Group on Conformity Assessment

Title Date Place Organizers
National Accreditation Focal Point Activity 13.–24.03.2016 Phnom Penh, Cambodia PTB, Department of Accreditation Cambodia
Second NAFP Workshop for CLM 20.02.2016 Bangkok, Thailand PTB
National Accreditation Focal Point Activity 11.–22.01.2016 Yangon, Myanmar, Phnom Penh, Cambodia PTB, Department of Accreditation Cambodia
National Accreditation Focal Point Activity 07.–14.11.2015 Vientiane, Lao PDR PTB, DSM Laos
National Accreditation Focal Point Activity 05.–08.10.2015 Yangon, Myanmar PTB, National Standards and Quality Department
National Accreditation Focal Point Activity 07.–11.09.2015 Phnom Penh, Cambodia PTB, MIH

Working Group on Legal Metrology

Title Date Place Organizers
Regional training on software testing of measuring instruments with focus on NAWIs 27.11.–01.12.2017 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia PTB, National Metrology Institute of Malaysia
Workshop on future cooperation activities 12.09.2017 Luang Prabang, Lao PDR PTB, The Department of Standardization and Metrology of Lao PDR
Basic training on pre-packages control (PPC) for Lao PDR legal metrology officers 21.–25.08.2017 Vientiane, Lao PDR PTB, The Department of Standardization and Metrology of Lao PDR
Regional Workshop on Developing an ASEAN Approach to Market Surveillance to Non-Automatic Weighing Instruments (NAWIs) 27.–29.06.2017 Yangon, Myanmar PTB, Myanmar Department of Research and Innovation
Regional Workshop on the “Development of ASEAN Guidelines on Type Approval Controls 02.08.2016 Da Nang, Vietnam PTB
Workshop on how to operate Type Approval Systems and use OIML Certificates 21.–22.03.2016 Bangkok, Thailand ASEAN, PTB, CBWMThai
PTB - WG 3 WORKSHOP ON JOINT LEGAL METROLOGY ACTIVITIES 23.11.2015 Singapore ASEAN, PTB, SPRING Singapore
Regional Train-the-Trainer Workshop for ASEAN member states on “Control of pre-packaged products will be announced Phnom Penh, Cambodia PTB
Title Date Place Organizers
Second Workshop on Proficiency Testing under AFRL Heavy Metals 19.–20.04.2016 Singapore PTB, Bureau of Quality and Safety of Food , Ministry of Public Health Thailand, AVA
First Workshop on Proficiency Testing under AFRL Heavy Metals 28.–29.05.2015 Bangkok, Thailand PTB, Bureau of Quality and Safety of Food , Ministry of Public Health Thailand