About the project

Introduction to the Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI)

A well-functioning quality infrastructure (QI) plays an essential role in reducing technical barriers to trade. Comprising all aspects of standards development, conformity assessment and accreditation, market surveillance and product safety as well as metrology, a coherent QI is designed to ensure the compliance of products with all relevant standards and the safe use of products by consumers. Moreover, it provides guidance for producers and enables innovation and efficient product development.

To promote the development of well-functioning and internationally coherent quality infrastructures, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has established the Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI). The project aims to reduce technical barriers to trade and enhance product safety through bilateral political and technical dialogues on QI with some of Germany’s key trading partners.

The GPQI supports the political and technical dialogues and implements bilaterally agreed activities in collaboration with all relevant stakeholders. The project follows a demand-driven approach and puts high emphasis on active stakeholder engagement in the development of solutions. Cooperation topics can be proposed by industry associations, companies, technical organisations and government authorities from Germany and its partner countries. This ensures a high relevance of the topics, which are taken up by the bilateral political dialogue to jointly develop solutions. Topics range from the simplification of compliance procedures such as mandatory certification requirements, the implementation of international standards for IT security, and improvements in market surveillance for business-to-business products.

To achieve the project’s objectives, both sides implement activities such as conferences and workshops and conduct joint studies. Expert exchanges and delegation visits allow stakeholders from both sides to discuss and improve regulatory approaches, technical guidelines and share practical experiences on state-of-the-art topics to solve concrete problems.



On 17 September 2019, the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) circulated a call for comments on the “Notice to matters related to the first batch implementation of UDI for medical devices”1. The deadline for comments is 25 September 2019.


Following the publication of the regulations for the UDI-system on 27 August 2019, the draft notice specifies the first step in the step-by-step implementation plan for UDI in China. It includes a product catalogue for the first batch of products requiring UDI, covering certain high-risk, class III devices.


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On 27 August 2019, the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) published the Regulations for the Unique Device Identifier (UDI) System for Medical Devices (announced in Circular [2019] No. 66) along with an interpretation. The regulations will enter into force on 1 October 2019, while actual implementation is to take place step-by-step based on risk classifications. More specific information on this step-by-step implementation, however, is still to follow.



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GPQI Supports German and Chinese authorities to ensure product quality of personal protective equipment and critical medical supplies for COVID-19 response.

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Safety First: How the adoption of international standards strengthens machinery safety in India and boosts trade

Sicherheit geht vor: Internationale Normen stärken die Maschinensicherheit und den Handel in Indien

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The white paper sheds light on the common Sino-German view on functional safety issues in the Industrie 4.0/Intelligent Manufacturing environment. It explains the basic concept of traditional technical safety, which used to be based on mechanical and electronic technology.

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An Indo-German discussion paper on cybersecurity standards, certification, and regulation for IoT devices.

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