Use of regional synergies in the area of quality infrastructure

Project Title: "Use of regional synergies in the area of quality infrastructure"

Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine

Partner institutions: National Accreditation Bodies, Market Surveillance Authorities

Overall term: November 2018 to October 2021

Context

The issue of Quality Infrastructure (short: QI) is of paramount importance for the economic relations of the countries of the Eastern Partnership. Only by reference to commonly accepted standards and technical regulations, as well as by means of a competent conformity assessment (inspection, inspection, certification), trade with the neighboring markets can be carried out on a mutually recognized basis. A QI system has to be acknowledged according to international standards and best practices in order to profit from regional and international trade. Trade, however, has to be safe. Therefore, an effective market surveillance is necessary to protect the citizens of the Eastern Partnership countries from harmful products.

PTB is implementing the project "Use of regional synergies in the area of quality infrastructure" with the countries of the Eastern Partnership, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.

Financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development BMZ, PTB works together with the National Accreditation Bodies and Market Surveillance Authorities.

Objective

The Accreditation Bodies and Market Surveillance Agencies use an increased regional exchange between the partner institutions of the Eastern Partnership to adapt their activities and processes to international and European best practices.

Approach

As instruments, a mix of professional exchange of experience guided by international experts as well as selected training measures are to be used at regional level. The common interests and needs of the Eastern Partnership countries should be taken into account as far as possible. However, specific needs of individual countries have to be addressed in a complementary way to the approach of conjoint interests.