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In November 2019, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) of the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry has published several new draft Quality Control Orders (QCOs). QCOs are issued by Indian regulators to introduce technical regulations such as mandatory certification requirements based on Indian standards.

SAMR issued "Announcement No. 44" on 16 October 2019, making new adjustments to the CCC product catalogue and implementation requirements.

The 9th Meeting of the Sino-German Sub-Working Group Industrie 4.0 / Intelligent Manufacturingwas held on 7,8 and 11 November. It brought together political representatives and leading experts from both countries and enabled in-depth exchange on technical topics, current work results and respective standardisation developments. In addition, on 11 November  the 4th Sino-German Standardisation Forum on Intelligent Manufacturing took place in the scope of the 3rd Sino-German State Secretaries and Vice Ministers Conference on Intelligent Manufacturing. During the Forum, experts from both countries exchanged on key trends in Industrie 4.0 and Intelligent Manufacturing standardisation. In total, over 80 representatives participated in the meetings, consisting of government agencies, standardisation organisations, research institutes and enterprises.  

More than 30 representatives from industry associations and companies, standardisation bodies, and subordinate government organisations came together on 15 November to discuss next year’s topics and priorities for the Indo-German cooperation on quality infrastructure. The meeting at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in Berlin took place in preparation of the 7th Annual Meeting of the Indo-German Working Group on Quality Infrastructure on 16 and 17 January 2020 in New Delhi.

To achieve the vision “one nation - one standard”, the Indian government is encouraging more than 50 Standards Developing Organisations (SDOs) to engage more actively in standards development. This shall contribute to a more coordinated and harmonised formulation of standards within the country and internationally.

In conjuncture with the Annual Meeting of the Sino-German Working Group on Product Safety, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Chinese State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) conducted two technical workshops. They served as a platform to address current challenges in greater detail and discuss possible solutions with participants from ministries and relevant stakeholders. The workshops took place in Beijing, P.R. China, on 4th of November.

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