Global Project Quality Infrastructure
The German Government conducts bilateral political and technical dialogues with Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Mexico in order to align and harmonise the regulatory and technical trading conditions with these countries. Among other things, the dialogues focus on standards and norms, differing testing and certification requirements as well as product safety controls.
The Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI) of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) brings together political decision-makers with business representatives and stakeholders from industry associations, chambers and specialist institutions. By organising political and technical exchanges and implementing jointly agreed measures, GPQI facilitates the development of coherent quality infrastructures, which are an important prerequisite for fair and efficient trade and product safety.
Well-functioning and internationally coherent quality infrastructures also form an important basis for technical innovation and development. Therefore, GPQI is also engaged in supporting and coordinating coherent regulatory frameworks in innovative fields such as Industry 4.0, electric mobility and artificial intelligence.
Inmetro and BMWi discuss trends and share current practices in cybersecurity regulation.
From March 25 to May 29, Inmetro launched a public consultation in order to collect feedback from interested parties (private sector and civil society) regarding its new proposal for a regulatory model.
The second session of the Cycle of Workshops: A Systemic Approach to Quality Infrastructure focused on market surveillance within the QI systems in Mexico and Germany and the challenges both countries are facing.
German-Indonesian Quality Infrastructure Working Group initiates its first meeting and defines topics for cooperation.
At the EU-India summit on 8 May, India and the EU agreed to enhance their bilateral cooperation in various areas, including trade and digitalisation. Both sides announced to restart negotiations on a free trade agreement and to promote mutual market access.
BMWi Foreign Trade & Investment Promotion Days 2021: Reducing technical barriers to trade together with the business community
GPQI presented its work to German companies at the Foreign Trade & Investment Promotion Days of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy. A virtual world tour to the project's locations acknowledged the commitment of experts and QI institutions.
Certification of products by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) becomes easier and more efficient. Recent initiatives by BIS include rebates on marking fees, free access to standards and the automation of certification procedures.
GPQI supports an ongoing initiative that gathers experts working on regulations in the electrotechnical field through Brazil’s National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Inmetro).
Germany and Indonesia agree on close economic cooperation in the field of quality infrastructure. A joint declaration of interest was signed during the Hannover Messe.
More than 600 people participated in the kick-off event of the workshop cycle. The five-part event series provides an overview of the QI systems in Mexico and Germany.
Functional Safety is one of the most important standards in industrial safety. How can international cooperation for Functional Safety be shaped? We asked the two lead experts of the Sino-German Standardisation Cooperation Commission's Technical Expert Group Functional Safety Xiong Wenze and Peter Sieber in an interview.
The Federal Regulators Forum promoted good regulatory practices in the context of an ambitious regulatory revision endorsed by the Brazilian government.
ZVEI and GPQI China co-organise online seminars on the China Compulsory Certification scheme and the China Compulsory Certification for explosion-proof products (CCC Ex) to support German manufacturers with their imports to China.
The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) recently announced reforms within the organisation, focusing on standard setting and compliance procedures for BIS certification. The planned changes are intended to promote ease of doing business and foster India’s economic development.
The EU Commission recently announced the priorities of EU trade policy for the coming years. They include efforts to promote international collaboration, the adoption of international standards worldwide and creating standards for digital trade.
Customs agents, importers and exporters benefit from modified trade information processes for exports and imports.
The increase in technical regulations in India raises many questions for companies. During the India Business Month, GPQI explained how the project helps them comply with regulatory requirements.
The Federal Government has adopted a draft bill on the reorganisation of market surveillance. It complements the EU Market Surveillance Regulation (EU) 2019/1020.
The Mexican Ministry of Economy presented political guidelines reflecting relevant QI issues and the new Minister of Economy was appointed as President of the National Commission for QI.
Brazilian National Authority for Data Protection undertakes public consultation on how to implement and regulate the General Law for the Protection of Personal Data (LGDP).
As part of their India Business Month, Maier+Vidorno is organising a series of online exchanges throughout February to support companies doing business in India. Register now for the discussion with GPQI-India on technical market access on 16 February.
E-commerce is increasingly replacing stationary trade. On 10 December, experts from India and Germany discussed challenges for market surveillance arising from that.
At the 3rd Annual Working Group Meeting of the German-Mexican Dialogue on Quality Infrastructure the Work Plan 2021 was signed. It sets the basis for the cooperation on QI between Germany and Mexico.
Ensuring standards are used globally: Experts from India and Germany discuss Global Relevance Toolbox
The Electrotechnical Commission’s Global Relevance Toolbox enables the integration of national requirements in international standards. German and Indian experts discussed its relevance and possible options of application in India.
Certification requirements for personal protective equipment: Experts discuss with Indian manufacturers
The availability of safe personal protective equipment (PPE) is crucial – especially in times of a pandemic. German and Indian experts as well as industry representatives discussed certification requirements for the European and Indian market.
Artificial intelligence opens up a wide range of opportunities for industry and science. The German Standardisation Roadmap provides orientation in this increasingly important field.
RCEP is set to strengthen trade in the Asia-Pacific region. The agreement is expected to have far-reaching economic consequences for countries within RCEP and beyond.
During this year’s annual meeting, Brazil and Germany highlighted the importance of joint efforts to achieve common understandings regarding quality infrastructure.
The Indian Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises announced new technical regulations for electrical equipment covering low-voltage switchgear and controlgear devices. Comments on the Quality Control Order can be submitted through the project.
The European Commission's interactive web portal Access2Markets provides small and medium-sized EU companies with product-specific information on trade agreements, customs regulations and rules of origin. This facilitates trade with third countries.
Experts addressed current challenges in market surveillance and opportunities the EU’s new Regulation 2019/1020 offers. The conference provided a platform for industry, public authorities and consumers to exchange their perspectives.
Brazil’s National Confederation of Industry (CNI) evaluates the regulatory practices of the National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology by questionnaire.
At this year´s Preparatory Meeting for the Annual Meeting of the German-Mexican Working Group Quality Infrastructure stakeholders discussed their interests - an important step for elaborating the Work Plan 2021.
Since 2015, the Sino-German Sub-Working Group Industry 4.0 has been working on international standardization for digitized industrial production. A success story accompanied by the Standardization Council Industrie 4.0 and the Global Project Quality Infrastructure.
German and Chinese government representatives, experts and further stakeholders virtually discussed future topics and shared milestones at the plenary meeting of the Sino-German Sub-Working Group Industrie 4.0 / Intelligent Manufacturing on 15 October 2020.
The Sino-German cooperation remains productive: Three new reports were jointly elaborated within two technical expert groups of the Sino-German Standardisation Cooperation Commission.
The importance of quality in healthcare does not need emphasis during a pandemic. But what is needed to ensure that medical devices and equipment are of high quality and safe - especially with supply chains that cross borders? This was the topic of a presentation by GPQI-India at a panel discussion on 6 October.
Mexico’s new Quality Infrastructure Law causes a lot of attention. On 23 September more than 1000 participants took part in the Virtual Discussion Forum about the law, organised by the Mexican Ministry of Economy and GPQI.
On September 22, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) together with stakeholders of the German industry and relevant QI institutions made plans for the QI future with Brazil. Jointly, they discussed topic proposals for the Work Plan 2020/2021, to be signed during the Annual Meeting in November.
Standardisation plays an important role in ensuring the safety and reliability of medical devices and equipment. The corona pandemic underlines how important quality aspects in this field are. It also shows the relevance of international harmonisation.
Plan of restructuring the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS) in Mexico
The recently published 2020-2024 Sectorial Program of the Mexican Health Ministry presents the identified need for restructuring COFEPRIS, the decentralized agency responsible for protecting the public health, in order to optimise its processes to strengthen transparency.
Several thousand occupational accidents happen in India annually. With manufacturing playing an increasingly important role in India’s economy and more and more complex machines and technologies being used, functional safety of machinery is an important topic.
The increasing automation of industries and interconnection of devices put cybersecurity in the focus of businesses and regulators. Manufacturers must ensure the security of their processes at every stage - international standards provide valuable solutions for this.
Publication of Sino-German White Paper on Functional Safety for Industrie 4.0 / Intelligent Manufacturing
Our most recent publication sheds light on the common Sino-German view on functional safety issues in the Industrie 4.0/Intelligent Manufacturing environment. The paper elaborates on the rising complexity and interconnection among systems and analyses existing standards, specifications and provides recommendations to achieve safety.
E-commerce is gaining popularity in India. Hence there is an increased need to protect consumers who buy goods online. The Consumer Protection Act, 2019 takes an important step in this direction. It came into force on 20 July 2020 and prevents unfair trade practices by e-commerce platforms.
On July 16th, 2020, the Brazilian Ministry of Economy (SEAE/ME) has published two Public Consultations with regards to official guidances. These shall offer opportunities for the private sector and society to indicate the legislations that seem to rely on unfounded requirements and processes - thus possessing barriers to doing business.
In business with China, divergent standards, double certification requirements and unclear regulatory procedures often pose major obstacles for companies. The online exchange "Regulatory challenges in doing business with China" in cooperation with the OAV, presented current regulatory changes as well as GPQI support offers to the participants.
On 1 July 2020, Mexico officially published its new Quality Infrastructure Law, which abrogates the Federal Law on Metrology and Standardisation. The new Law will come into effect 60 days after publication.
On 1st July 2020 Germany took over the six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). The Council is a key institution in which representatives of the EU member states' governments meet to adopt laws and coordinate policies. The German Federal Government has formulated ambitious goals for the next six months.
On 22 May 2020, the annual government work report for 2020 was published at the so-called "Two Sessions" of the National People's Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). The State Council issued relevant guidelines on 6 June for the implementation designating specific ministries responsible for each priority area.
Cross-border movement of goods and services is the foundation of modern global trade. Over the past years, however, trade and investment barriers have been increasing, a recent report by the European Commission says.
Following the start of the new presidency of INMETRO, a working group was created on 10 June 2020 to advise INMETRO on modernising its regulatory model.
What are current trends in technical market access in India and how do they affect German companies? These and other related issues were discussed in an online exchange by GPQI in cooperation with the German Asia-Pacific Business Association (OAV) and Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) on 10 June 2020.
Indo-German Collaboration in Times of COVID-19: Online Exchange on Technical Market Access Challenges
The Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI) in cooperation with the German Embassy and the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) organised an online exchange on “Technical Market Access Challenges in India - In Times of the Corona Pandemic” on 2 June 2020.
Exporte von Medizinprodukten und persönlicher Schutzausrüstung (PSA), wie Atemmasken aus China, haben durch COVID-19 stark zugenommen. Nachdem China als Reaktion auf Medienberichte über fehlerhafte chinesische Produkte in Europa seine Ausfuhrbedingungen verschärft hatte, wurden diese Ende April 2020 noch einmal angepasst.
COVID-19: Mexico includes automotive, construction and mining industries as essential and issues protocol to restart economic activities
The Mexican government published on May 14th the protocol for a reopening strategy of economic, academic, and social activities. In it, the automotive, construction and mining industries were recognized as essential and will be able to restart activities after the approval of their sanitary security protocols.
The General Bureau of Standards (DGN, in Spanish) approved on May 6th, Mexicana de Acreditación (MAAC, A.C.) as a new accreditation body. Until 2020, and for 21 years, the Mexican Accreditation Body (Entidad Mexicana de Acreditación, EMA) was the only authorized accreditation entity in the country.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a worldwide surge in demand for medical devices and personal protective equipment (PPE), including in Germany and Europe. During this critical time, GPQI is supporting both German and Chinese authorities to ensure product quality and safety of critical equipment.
The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) announced that test requests to the laboratories for the Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS) will only be accepted online from 1 June 2020 onward.
COVID-19: India allows subsequent submission of notarised documents for the import of medical devices and IVD kits
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the current lockdown, India's Central Drugs Standard Control Organization has announced to issue import licences for medical devices and in-vitro diagnostic kits, even if the required notarised documents cannot be presented at the moment.
The Mexican Senate calls on the private sector, academic and research institutions, specialists, civil society organizations, and others interested in the subject to send their opinions on the Quality Infrastructure Law initiative.
The Federation of German Industries (BDI) has announced the suspension of the 38th German-Brazilian Business Days (DBWT), previously scheduled to take place from August 26th-28th, 2020 in Munich. With the cancellation of the DBWT 2020, GPQI together with BMWi and the Brazilian Ministry for Economy (ME) is now analyzing alternative scenarios for holding the Annual Meeting 2020.
Imagine nurses and doctors are being provided with masks and gloves to protect themselves and patients from infection with the coronavirus but are unsure about their quality standards. Especially when risking life on the front line, one needs effective and reliable medical equipment.
Covid-19: The Mexican government warns inspection and eventual closure of non-essential businesses that continue operations
Businesses that continued operations despite involving activities catalogued as non-essential by the Mexican government will be subject to inspection and eventual closure.
Chinese ministries jointly declared the extension of controls on the export of certain medical devices. The declared aim of the measure is to ensure product quality and safety when exporting medical products manufactured in China, which are in high demand worldwide in the wake of the corona pandemic.
The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has published a list of Indian Standards that are considered as critical in ensuring the safety and performance of essential medical supplies amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Brazilian Ministry of Health and the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA) have simplified for six months the requirements for manufacturing, importing and purchasing priority medical devices for use in the context of combating the Coronavirus Pandemic by a normative issued on March 23, 2020.
The recent Brazilian policy response to COVID-19 has been selected as one best practice example of current government efforts to securing cross-boarder trade, as published by the World Bank note "Managing Risk and Facilitating Trade in the Covid-19 Pandemic". The resolution simplifies the customs clearance processes for articles used to combat the spread of COVID-19.
On 1 April 2020 the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) announced the addition of twelve product categories to the compulsory registration scheme (CRS) for electronics and information technology (IT) products. The implementation of the notification will start on 1 October 2020.
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the prevailing lockdown in India, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has announced to extend the date of implementation of amendments and revisions to Indian Standards by 90 days.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mexico implemented changes related to conformity certificates, origin certificates, and compliance with Official Mexican Norms to facilitate the importation of goods.
The Brazilian government has announced a set of measures to adjust its regulatory framework to the context of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). These are part of a series of strategic actions adopted by the Brazilian government aiming to enable rapid and large-volume access to products that can be used to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.
On 10 March 2020, the Standardisation Administration of China (SAC) issued a plan outlining the key areas for standardisation work in 2020. GPQI has translated the document in English for reference.
COVID-19: Due to the pandemic crisis in Brazil, INMETRO and FIESP have called off event to discuss General Regulation
The Brazilian National Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality (INMETRO) and the Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo (FIESP) have, momentarily, called off the invitation of interest parties to a 2nd Stakeholder Meeting for the General Regulation of the New Regulatory Model.
A technical exchange on grid standards for operation between India's Central Electricity Authority (CEA) and the German Forum Network Technology and Network Operation in VDE (VDE FNN) took place in Delhi on 21 February.
The German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier and the External Affairs Minister of India Dr Jaishankar met in Berlin on 18 February to discuss trade and investment opportunities between India, Germany and the EU.
The Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has announced that all medical devices in India will be notified as drugs and regulated under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act of 1940 effective 1 April 2020.
On February 5th, the Brazilian government signed Decree No. 10.229 and thereby took another step towards facilitating economic activity in Brazil.
Following an initial round of talks in summer 2019, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) held further consultations with the Indonesian Ministry of Industry as well as the Ministry of Trade in Jakarta this January. Both sides agreed to seek to establish a German-Indonesian Dialogue on Quality Infrastructure.
Indo-German Working Group on Quality Infrastructure Strengthens Trade through Cooperation on Safe and Secure Products
The seventh annual meeting of the Indo-German Working Group on Quality Infrastructure took place on 16th and 17th January 2020 in New Delhi. Germany and India established the Working Group in 2013 to strengthen their economic and technical cooperation, reduce technical barriers to trade, and increase product safety. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Indian Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution (MoCAF&PD) in collaboration with other ministries are working closely together on standardisation, accreditation and conformity assessment, metrology, product safety and market surveillance.
Workshop: Brasilianisches Institut für Metrologie, Qualität und Technologie informiert sich über deutsches QI-System
Einblicke in das deutsche und das europäische System der Qualitätsinfrastruktur hat ein Workshop des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) drei Besuchern des National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (INMETRO) verschafft.
The Indo-German discussion paper “Securing the Internet of Things Together” was released at the 7th Annual Meeting of the Indo-German Working Group on Quality Infrastructure on 16 January 2020 in New Delhi. The discussion paper was developed by the Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI) of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in cooperation with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and the Data Security Council of India (DSCI).
A delegation from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) participated in the 6th National Standards Conclave organised by the Department of Commerce (DoC) of the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on 15 and 16 January 2020 in New Delhi. The conference is India’s flagship event on standardisation, technical regulation, conformity assessment, and market surveillance.
New changes to the Rules and Criteria of Foreign Trade in Mexico: PROSEC – Sectorial Promotion Program
The Ministry of Economy (SE) has published a preliminary draft of some further modifications to the rules and criteria of foreign trade. The draft states among other changes that the sectorial promotion program (PROSEC in Spanish) would be cancelled.
Trade and technologies are not limited to regional and national boundaries. International standards can facilitate global trade and the spread of new technologies by effectively removing technical barriers to trade. This helps to create new market opportunities and promotes economic growth.
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.
9th Meeting of the Sub-Working Group Industrie 4.0 / Intelligent Manufacturing and 4th Sino-German Standardisation Forum on Intelligent Manufacturing
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.
German Stakeholders Proposed Cooperation Topics to Reduce Market Access Challenges ahead of Working Group Meeting in India
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.
Indo-German dialogue on role of Standards Developing Organisations intensified: Indian delegation visits Berlin and Frankfurt
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.
Sino-German Working Group on Product Safety conducts workshops on rapid alert systems and e-commerce
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.
The Sino-German Sub-Working Group Automotive Safety (Project Line 2) on Risk Management and Recall Processes held a workshop with regulators from China’s State Administration of Market Regulations (SAMR) on 4 November 2019. Building on past regular technical exchanges and discussions, the workshop helped to advance ongoing topics and solidify shared interests between the German automotive industry and the Chinese regulatory authority.
The Annual Meetings of the Sino-German Working Group on Product Safety and Accreditation and Conformity Assessment in Beijing
The Annual Meetings of the Sino-German Working Group on Product Safety and the Sino-German Working Group on Accreditation and Conformity Assessment and their preceding technical workshops were held on 4th and 5th of November 2019 in Beijing, P.R. China. The Working Groups are part of the Sino-German Cooperation on Quality Infrastructure between the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) / the Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) of the P.R. China.
At the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited India from 31 October to 1 November 2019 for the 5th Indo-German Inter-Governmental Consultations. Chancellor Merkel was accompanied by the Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Federal Minister of Education and Research, the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, as well as further delegates and industry representatives.
On October 10, the Second Annual Working Group Meeting of the German-Mexican Dialogue on Quality Infrastructure was held in León, Guanajuato, Mexico, where the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Mexican Ministry of Economics (Secretaría de Economía, SE) signed the work plan for 2019/2020 and agreed on their further cooperation in the areas of standardization, accreditation and conformity assessment as well as product safety and market surveillance.
Contribution of Indo-German Cooperation for Harmonised Electric Mobility Standards at Conference of the Charging Interface Initiative
On 18 October, GPQI-India presented the contribution of the Indo-German cooperation for harmonised electric mobility standards at the second India Conference of the Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN) in New Delhi. The conference brought together Indian and international experts from government and industry.
Indo-German Technical Cooperation in the Automotive Sector: Experts discuss successes and opportunities
More than 35 experts and representatives from government, industry and technical institutions came together in New Delhi for an exchange on technical cooperation in the automotive sector on 17th October. Homologation, regulations and standards of intelligent transportation systems and charging infrastructure for electric vehicles as well as future cooperation topics for the Indo-German Working Group on Quality Infrastructure were discussed.
On 24 September 2019, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the National Medical Products Administration of China (NMPA) held a joint workshop on current regulatory topics for medical devices in Suzhou, China. As part of the Sino-German cooperation on Quality Infrastructure, the event provided a platform for dialogue and direct exchange between German authorities and industry representatives with Chinese regulators.
In September 2019, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) established a new technical committee dedicated to standardisation for smart manufacturing, or Industry 4.0. The new committee is part of the Electronics and Information Technology Department (LTD) of BIS and mirrors the Systems Committee (SyC) on smart manufacturing at the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
The Sino-German Technical Expert Groups “IT-Security” and “Functional Safety” came together in Kassel to discuss recent developments regarding security and safety standards in Germany and China. They also revised the drafts of two white papers which are dedicated to these topics.
On 16 September, the Annual Meeting of the Brazilian-German Working Group Quality Infrastructure took place back-to-back to the Brazilian-German Economic Meeting in Natal, Brazil.
Government and industry representatives from Germany and India discussed their partnership in the automotive sector during the India Day at the International Automotive Exhibition (IAA) on 13 September 2019 in Frankfurt. Torge Wolters from the Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI) gave a presentation on the recent study "Automotive and Component Trade with India: Insights on standards, homologation, and imports".
On 6 August 2019, the Indian Government passed the Consumer Protection Act, 2019 which will replace the Act from 1986. The Act strengthens consumer rights through new provisions on product liability, unfair contracts, and e-commerce.
Das gemeinsam vom Ostasiatischen Verein (OAV) und Globalprojekt Qualitätsinfrastruktur (GPQI) ausgerichtete Webinar zu technischen Handelshemmnissen in Indonesien stieß bei den Mitgliedern des OAV auf Interesse.
On August 23 the Mexican Ministry of Economy (SE) presented a comprehensive reform of the existing Law on Metrology and Standardization in Mexico City in the presence of the Minister of Economy, Dr. Graciela Márquez Colín, entitled “Law on Quality Infrastructure”.
Together with the East Asian Association (OAV), the Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI) is holding a webinar on 3 September on the technical barriers to trade between Germany and Indonesia.
Preparatory Meeting of the Annual Meeting of the German-Mexican Working Group on Quality Infrastructure
On 15 August, the Mexican Ministry of Economy (SE) invited representatives from ministries, government agencies, business associations and QI institutions to prepare the annual meeting of the German-Mexican Working Group on Quality Infrastructure.
To ensure a coordinated and harmonised formulation of standards, Standards Developing Organisations (SDOs) shall play a stronger role in India’s standardisation system in the future. Both the Indian National Strategy for Standardization (INSS) of the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Standards National Action Plan (SNAP) regard this as an important step in the advancement of the Indian quality infrastructure system.
Das Globalprojekt Qualitätsinfrastruktur (GPQI) beteiligt sich am "IAA India Day", der am 13. September im Rahmen der Internationalen Automobil-Ausstellung auf dem Frankfurter Messegelände stattfinden wird. Dort stellt es die Studie "Automotive and Component Trade with India" vor.
On 10th of July, Brazil’s National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (INMETRO) has published a proposal for a new regulatory model jointly with an open call for comments and expertise.
The first Indo-German Standardisation Forum took place in New Delhi on 12 July 2019. More than 60 representatives from government and industry as well as standardisation experts came together at this interactive event to discuss India’s and Germany’s approaches and priorities in standardisation.
More than 30 Indian and German standardisation experts and industry representatives discussed standards for electric vehicle charging infrastructure in New Delhi on 11 July 2019. The event took place during a delegation visit to India by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, and the German standardisation bodies DIN and DKE.
German industry representatives came together to discuss technical market access challenges in India. The exchange took place with a German delegation from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the German standardisation bodies DIN and DKE, and representatives of the German Embassy in Delhi. The meeting took place on 10 July 2019 in New Delhi at the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC).
Vom 19. bis zum 23. Mai tagte die Deutsch-Chinesische Kommission Normung (DCKN) unter dem Vorsitz des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) und des Staatlichen Zentralamts für Normung der VR China (SAC) im südchinesischen Xiamen.
Indian and German experts discussed the role of standardisation and conformity assessment at a workshop in New Delhi on 18 June 2019. As part of the event, the Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI) India introduced the Indo-German Standardisation Dialogue within the Working Group on Quality Infrastructure.
Zur Vorbereitung der Jahrestreffen der Deutsch-Brasilianischen und der Deutsch-Mexikanischen Arbeitsgruppen Qualitätsinfrastruktur (AG QI) kamen Vertreter/-innen aus Unternehmen, Verbänden und QI-Institutionen am 18. Juni im Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) zusammen.
Bundeswirtschaftsminister Altmaier und Minister Xiao, Leiter des chinesischen Staatlichen Zentralamts für Marktregulierung (SAMR), haben am 19. Juni in Peking eine Gemeinsame Absichtserklärung (MoU) zur Zusammenarbeit in der Qualitätsinfrastruktur (QI) unterzeichnet.
The event ‘Drive Forward Together’ was organised on 17 June 2019 in New Delhi by GIZ – the German Agency for International Cooperation – in collaboration with the German Embassy and the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA). The event witnessed participation from around 80 government and industry representatives, who discussed the road ahead for Indo-German cooperation in the automotive sector.
India is one of the leading automotive manufacturing countries in the world with end-to-end capabilities for design, development and manufacturing of all kinds of vehicles. Ranked 6th in the world, it manufactures approximately 24 million vehicles of which 3.6 million vehicles are exported.
On Tuesday 18 June 2019 the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) is organising a workshop on standardisation and conformity assessment in cooperation with the Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI) in New Delhi.
On 3 June 2019, a decree was taking effect that affects import procedures to Mexico for various products. As part of these regulatory changes, a so-called “declaration of non-commercialization”, by which goods not meant for commercialization could be imported without being compliant with Mexican technical regulations, has lost validity.
Experts from Germany and India discussed in an expert exchange the future cooperation on data protection certification on 29 May 2019 in New Delhi.
During the week of May 6-10, a Delegation of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), led by Mr. Helge Engelhard, Deputy Director General for Digital policy and Innovation, visited Mexico in the context of the German-Mexican Dialogue on Quality Infrastructure.
Between 15-18th of April 2019, Mr. Boris Böhme, Division Director for Market Surveillance and Product Safety at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) visited Brasilia to meet with Ms. Carvalho, Vice Director of the Secretariat for Industrial Development, Trade, Services and Innovation, and Mr. Dalcolmo, Director for Labor, of the Brasilian Ministry for Economic Affairs to discuss the next steps for the Brazilian-German Working Group on Quality Infrastructure.
Around 30 participants from the government, subordinate organisations, and the private sector discussed the role of standards and certification for the security of Internet of Things (IoT) devices at an Indo-German expert workshop on 16 May 2019 in Mumbai. The expert workshop took place at the side-lines of it-sa India, India’s IT security expo and conference.
In the section "Events" you will now find a preliminary overview of upcoming events of the Global Project Quality Infrastructure. Please note that the exact time and date of the events are not yet finally confirmed.
In 2018, the Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency (ANEEL), the National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Inmetro) and GIZ have promoted a series of activities to establish a conducive environment to advance electromobility in Brazil through technical regulation.
Preparatory Meeting for the Annual Meetings of the German-Brazilian and the German-Mexican Working Group (WG) Quality Infrastructure
On 18 June, stakeholders of the German industry and QI landscape will have the opportunity to discuss future cooperation topics for the bilateral dialogues with Brazil and Mexico.
On the occasion of the Hannover Messe trade show for industrial technology, an Indian government delegation headed by Secretary Dr A. R. Sihag of the Department of Heavy Industry (DHI) visited Germany from 2 - 5 April 2019. The Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI) of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) supported DHI’s visit to Germany.
The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) released a Standards National Action Plan (SNAP) on 29 March 2019. The plan supplements the Indian National Strategy for Standardization (INSS) which the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry released in June 2018.
On 1 April 2019, the Indian Ambassador to Germany, Ms Mukta D. Tomar, signed a “fast-track” agreement with State Secretary Mr Christian Hirte of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The agreement intends to ease investments and doing business for Indian companies in Germany.
Beim diesjährigen Technischen Kongress des Verbands der Automobilindustrie (VDA) am 14. und 15 März in Berlin hat sich das Globalprojekt Qualitätsinfrastruktur (GPQI) vorgestellt und über laufende Aktivitäten zum Abbau technischer Handelshemmnisse berichtet.
Zur Vorbereitung der anstehenden Jahrestagungen der deutsch-chinesischen Dialoge zur Qualitätsinfrastruktur folgten am 13. März mehr als 40 Vertreterinnen und Vertreter von Normungsinstitutionen, Prüfhäusern, Wirtschaftsverbänden und Unternehmen der Einladung des Bundeswirtschaftsministeriums (BMWi), um sich über die Umsetzung aktueller Reformen in China sowie Fragen des technischen Marktzugangs auszutauschen.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) of the Indian Ministry of Communications issued a notification on 12 March 2019 to extend the enforcement date of the mandatory testing and certification of telecommunications equipment (MTCTE) to 1 August 2019.
Der Austausch über die technisch-regulativen Rahmenbedingungen für IT-Sicherheit in der Qualitätsinfrastruktur Chinas und Deutschlands stand im Zentrum einer zweitägigen Konferenz in Berlin.
The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) launched a website that allows viewing Indian Standards, which are made mandatory through Quality Control Orders (QCOs), free of cost.
The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) informed about a range of products for which a future mandatory certification is currently under process in India. In addition to being India’s national standards body, the BIS is also responsible for several voluntary and mandatory certification schemes.
The Special Standards Conclave organised by the Indian Department of Commerce (DoC) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) took place on 8th and 9th of February 2019 in Mumbai. After last year’s launch of the Indian National Strategy for Standardization (INSS), government officials and experts used this year’s forum to discuss its implementation. A National Action Plan for the implementation of the INSS is planned to be released in the next months.
The sixth annual meeting of the Indo-German Working Group on Quality Infrastructure took place on 17 and 18 January 2019 in Berlin. Germany and India founded the working group in 2013 to strengthen their economic and technical cooperation, reduce technical barriers to trade and increase product safety.
Das Staatliche Zentralamt für Marktregulierung (SAMR) sowie die Zollverwaltung (GACC) haben am 30. Oktober eine gemeinsame Erklärung herausgegeben, in der eine enge Zusammenarbeit zwischen den Behörden bei Rückrufprozessen für defekte Importgüter angekündigt wird.
The question how to strengthen market surveillance is of rising importance in India. In June 2018, the Indian government released the Indian National Strategy for Standardization, which includes the goal to establish an effective market surveillance system. Against this background, the Global Project Quality Infrastructure organised a workshop on market surveillance in New Delhi on 4 December.
On 5 December, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the Indian Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and the Indian Ministry of Labour and Employment came together in New Delhi to launch the publication Making Safe Machines a Standard in India.
Die Unterarbeitsgruppe (UAG) Industrie 4.0 der Deutsch-Chinesischen Kommission zur Zusammenarbeit in der Normung ist am 21. und 22. November in Peking zu ihrem siebten Treffen zusammengekommen.
Within the framework of the event “quality connects”, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Indian Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution came together in New Delhi on 4 December. The focus of the event was the launch of an overview publication of India’s quality infrastructure landscape.
Zur Vorbereitung der 6. Jahressitzung der Deutsch-Indischen Arbeitsgruppe Qualitätsinfrastruktur (QI) im Januar trafen sich rund 30 Vertreter*innen aus der Wirtschaft, Verbänden und QI-Institutionen am 19. November im Bundeswirtschaftsministerium (BMWi) in Berlin. Es wurde darüber diskutiert, welche Anliegen die Wirtschaft in den politischen Dialog mit indischen Ministerien einbringen möchte.
Über die Auswirkungen des Regierungswechsels für deutsche Unternehmen diskutieren am 28. November in einem Webinar der Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) drei Brasilien-Experten.
German and Chinese companies are striving to develop new products and technologies that will shape the future of the building sector and support the transition towards a green construction industry. The question how quality infrastructure (QI) can facilitate this development was addressed in expert talks jointly organised by the Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI) and Messe München GmbH on 1 November.
The Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has released a draft National Policy on Electronics 2018 (NPE 2018) on 10 October. It underlines the high priority that the Government of lndia attaches to the electronics industry, which is also an important pillar of both the 'Make in India' and 'Digital India' programmes.
Brasilien hat im August ein neues Bundesgesetz zum Schutz personenbezogener Daten verabschiedet, das Anfang 2020 offiziell in Kraft treten wird. Das brasilianische Datenschutzgesetz folgt im Wesentlichen den Vorgaben der EU-Datenschutzgrundverordnung.
Präsentation von Boris Böhme, Referatsleiter Produkt- und Anlagensicherheit des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) im Rahmen eines BDI-Workshops zum Gesundheitsmarkt in China.
Eine Delegation des chinesischen Handelsministeriums (MOFCOM) hat im Rahmen des Globalprojekts Qualitätsinfrastruktur vom 16. bis 22. September Deutschland und Brüssel besucht.
Gemeinsamer Workshop des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) und des chinesischen Nationalen Amts für Medizinprodukteüberwachung (NMPA) zu aktuellen regulatorischen Schwerpunkten für Medizingeräte.
The Brazilian Foreign Trade Council (CAMEX) has recently issued Brazil’s first Foreign Trade Regulatory Agenda. The Agenda serves as a regulatory planning instrument for 2018 and 2019 and shall assist the Federal Government in the identification and organization of strategic foreign trade regulations. It outlines existing laws and regulations that require review, amendment, update or revocation.
Die Umstrukturierung der chinesischen Behördenlandschaft bringt Änderungen für die Deutsch-Chinesischen Dialoge zur Qualitätsinfrastruktur.
Strong exports can be a major driver of a country’s economic growth. Hence, India has set the goal of increasing its share of global trade and integrating more deeply into global value chains.
India’s competitiveness in manufacturing and the success of ‘Make in India’ depend on its ability to produce high-quality products and services. Product quality is important for human health and consumer safety, as well as for protecting the climate and the environment.
Vortrag von Hans-Georg Niedermeyer (ZLS) zum Thema Marktüberwachung im Rahmen der fünften National Standards Conclave in Neu-Delhi.
The 5th Indian National Standards Conclave organised by the Department of Commerce of the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry took place on 18 and 19 June 2018 in New Delhi, India. Policy makers, industry representatives, and experts from related fields discussed the theme Implementing the Indian National Standards Strategy. India’s new standardisation strategy aims to position standards as a key driver of economic growth, supplementing national policies, and serving the interests of both consumers and the industry.
Vom 27. bis 29. Mai fand die zweite Deutsch-Chinesische Kommission Normung (DCKN) unter dem Vorsitz des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) und dem Staatlichen Zentralamt für Normung der VR China (SAC) in Heidelberg statt.
Am 16. Mai hat in Berlin die achte Jahressitzung der Deutsch-Chinesischen Arbeitsgruppe Produktsicherheit stattgefunden. Die Arbeitsgruppe (AG) tagte unter dem Vorsitz des Bundeswirtschaftsministeriums (BMWi) und des Amts für Zertifizierung und Akkreditierung der Volksrepublik China (CNCA). Bereits am Vortag hatten Workshops zu den Themen technische Innovation und Harmonisierung in der Automobilindustrie und zur Zusammenarbeit in der Konformitätsbewertung im Bereich IT-Sicherheit stattgefunden.
Der Abbau technischer Handelshemmnisse zwischen Mexiko und Deutschland war Thema einer öffentlichen Experten-Diskussion, die am 26. April auf der Hannover Messe stattfand. Vorausgegangen war am Eröffnungstag der Hannover Messe am 23. April die Unterzeichnung einer gemeinsamen Absichtserklärung als Grundlage der künftigen Zusammenarbeit im Bereich Qualitätsinfrastruktur.
Erstes Deutsch-Mexikanisches High-Level Meeting zur Zusammenarbeit im Bereich Qualitätsinfrastruktur
Am 11. April hat in Mexiko-Stadt das erste High-Level Meeting des Deutsch-Mexikanischen Dialogs zur Qualitätsinfrastruktur stattgefunden.
BMWi Delegation Attended the International Conference on Technical Barriers to Trade in the ICT Sector in Shenzhen
On 16 January 2018, the International Conference on Technical Barriers to Trade in the ICT Sector took place in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province. Together with some 270 participants, a delegation of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), led by Mr Helge Engelhard, Deputy Director General (Standardisation and Safety), and Mr Boris Böhme, Division Director (Product and Plant Safety, Technical Harmonisation, Market Surveillance), attended.
27 Experten aus Deutschland und Indien haben am 17. Januar in Neu-Delhi im Rahmen des Expertenaustauschs über Standards für die Ladeinfrastruktur von Elektrofahrzeugen (EV) diskutiert. Sowohl Deutschland als auch Indien erleben eine dynamische Entwicklung der Elektromobilität. Die indische Regierung plant, den Anteil der EVs bis 2030 massiv zu erhöhen. Die deutsche Seite hat ihre Ziele in der Standardisierungs-Roadmap zur Elektromobilität 2020 skizziert.
Am 15. und 16. Januar fand die fünfte Jahressitzung der Deutsch-Indischen Arbeitsgruppe Qualitätsinfrastruktur statt.
Am 13. November hat die Gründungssitzung der Deutsch-Brasilianischen Arbeitsgruppe zur Qualitätsinfrastruktur stattgefunden.
The 5th Plenary Meeting of Sino-German Sub-Working Group E-Mobility was held in Qingdao, China on June 28. More than 82 representatives from ministries, standardization bodies and industry from both, China and Germany, attended this meeting. The delegations were headed by Ms. Wang Li, Deputy General of Industrial Standards Department II of the Standardization Administration of PR China (SAC) and Mr. Rüdiger Marquardt, Member of the Board of the German Institute for Standardization (DIN). Mr. Yin Minghan, Vice Administrator of SAC and Dr. Thomas Zielke, Head of Division Technology Transfer through Standardisation and Patents, Questions of Principle in Standardisation and Patent Policy of BMWi attended the meeting.
On 12 April 2017, the 7th Annual Meeting of the Sino-German Working Group on Product Safety took place in Hangzhou. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Stefan Schnorr, Director General (DG) of Digital and Innovation Policy Department of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and by Mr. Sun Wenkang, Director General of Inspection and Supervision Department of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ), as well as by Mr. Liu Weijun, Deputy Director of Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA).
Workshop of the SWG Safety in the Automotive Industry on the topic “risk management and recall procedures”
The workshop on “Recall Procedures and Risk Management” of the Sino-German Sub-Working Group (SWG) on Product Safety in the Automotive Industry took place on the 11th of April 2017 within the framework of the Sino-German Working Group on Product Safety.
In the run-up to the 7th Annual Meeting of the German-Chinese Working Group on Product Safety, a roundtable on the current development and implementation of ecological product certification in China (China Green Product Certification) took place on 11 April 2017.
Workshop of the SWG Safety in the Automotive Industry on “Technical Innovation” & “Technical Harmonization”
On the 11th of April, 2017 the workshop in project line “Technical Innovation” and “Technical Harmonization” of the Sino-German Sub-Working Group (SWG) on Product safety in the Automotive Industry took place within the framework of the Sino-German Working Group on Product Safety.
Within the framework of the seventh annual meeting of the Sino-German Working Group on Product Safety held in Hangzhou in April 2017, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has organised a technical side workshop on market surveillance measures in cross-border online trading.
On 31 March 2017, the German Accreditation Service (DAkkS) and the China National Accreditation Service (CNAS) decided to establish a bilateral cooperation within the framework of the Sino-German Working Group on Product Safety.
In March 2017, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has organised a symposium on the legal and regulatory framework for e-commerce in China, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi). Representatives from politics, business and science were invited to participate in the information and discussion event held in Berlin.
Viertes Treffen der Deutsch-Indischen Arbeitsgruppe Qualitätsinfrastruktur in Berlin.
On 19 January, the 19th Roundtable on Product Safety in China took place at the Swiss Embassy in Beijing.
A delegation from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) visited Germany and Brussels from the 14th to 18th of November to gather information on the structuring of the automotive market and the legislation on circulation of goods in the automotive industry in Germany and the EU.
Negotiations of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding Green Product Certification in Beijing
As part of China’s long-term national development strategy towards an ecologically sustainable economy, the State Council has mandated the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the PRC (CNCA) to develop and implement a new certification and labelling system for green products.
On the 25th of October, the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung hosted the BAM-CCAI Expert Workshop on Sino-German Cooperation in the area of Conformity Assessment and Accreditation in Berlin.
From the 19th to the 23rd of September, Dr. Bertram Reindl, Landesamt für Gesundheit und Lebensmittelsicherheit (LGL) and Ms. Milena Funk, Deutsches Referenzbüro für Ringversuche & Referenzmaterialien (DRRR) visited Beijing within scope of the Sino-German cooperation on Proficiency Testing (PT).
The second product safety day was held on the 22nd and 23rd of August in Shanghai, due to the immense importance of the Chinese market for the automotive industry.
A workshop on import inspection procedures in China and Germany was held in Tianjin on the 22nd of August.
International Seminar of Labeling and Certification System Building of China Green Product Certification
On 30 June 2016, Ms. Dr. Ines Oehme from the German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) presented at a conference on the development of the new eco-labeling and certification-system “China Green Product Certification” in Hangzhou.
On 20 June, the 18th Roundtable on Product Safety in China took place at the offices of GIZ China in Beijing.
On 15th and 16th June, 2016 representatives from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) participated in an international government symposium on e-commerce legislation in Shanghai.
On Tuesday, 14 June 2016, government and private sector representatives met to discuss regulatory and legislative conditions for cross-border e-commerce in China.
On 24 May 2016, the 6th Annual Meeting of the Sino-German Working Group on Product Safety is going to take place in Berlin.
Anlässlich eines Workshops im Rahmen der Unterarbeitsgruppe (UAG) Produktsicherheit in der Fahrzeugindustrie trafen deutsche und chinesische Experten am 18 März 2016 unter Vorsitz des chinesischen Nationalen Zertifizierungsamtes (CNCA) und des deutschen Bundeswirtschaftsministeriums (BMWi) in Shanghai zusammen.
Anlässlich eines Workshops im Rahmen der Deutsch-Chinesischen Arbeitsgruppe (AG) Produktsicherheit trafen deutsche und chinesische Experten am 16. März 2016 unter Vorsitz des chinesischen Nationalen Zentralamtes für Qualitätsüberwachung, Inspektion und Quarantäne (AQSIQ) und des deutschen Bundeswirtschaftsministeriums (BMWi) in Peking zusammen.
Constituting Workshop of the Sino-German Sub-Working Group on Product Safety of Bilaterally Trade Medical Devices
On 15 March 2016, the General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQISQ) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) jointly held the constituting workshop for the Sub-Working Group on Product Safety of Bilaterally Traded Medical Devices in Beijing.
On 26 November 2015, Chinese and German experts came together to a bilateral workshop in Hangzhou chaired by BMWi and CNCA to discuss two project lines of the Sub-Working Group for Product Safety in the Automotive Industry. Breakthroughs were achieved in both project lines, “Technical Innovations” (PL1) and “Technical Harmonization” (PL3).
On 23 October 2015, the General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) jointly hosted a workshop in Beijing on import inspection requirements for medical devices.
On 23 October 2015, the third expert workshop of the project line on safety labelling for industrially used products took place in Beijing in the presence of representatives of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine (AQSIQ).
During a an official delegation visit of the German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) to Beijing, a dialogue with the Ministry for Public Security (MPS) of the PRC on product requirements in the security industry was initiated, which had been anticipated for a long time by German industry representatives.
On 22 October 2015, the Sino-German Workshop on the draft Commodity Circulation Law (Domestic Trade Law) was jointly hosted by the Ministry of Commerce of People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in Beijing.
On the 20th and 21st of October 2015, German and Chinese experts met in the premises of the Guangdong Inspection and Quarantine Technology Center (IQTC) in Guangzhou to discuss about how to proceed with the joint research of a screening method for Chromium VI as well as the joint development of reference materials.
On 10 September 2015, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) jointly organized a workshop on market surveillance of e-commerce in Berlin. The event took place as part of an AQSIQ delegation trip headed by the Department for Inspection Supervision.
On 29 July 2015, the Chinese General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) jointly organized an expert workshop on the topic of “Parallel Imports and Recall Systems of Vehicles”.
From 15 to 19 June 2015, a delegation from various technical departments of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) visited Europe. The objective of the trip was to gather information about measures to monitor product safety in e-commerce and to discuss current developments with their German partners.
Industry Roundtable „Reform of the Chinese Conformity Assessment System and Implications for German Industry”
On 15 May 2015, a half-day roundtable dealing with the Chinese reform of the conformity assessment system and resulting implications for German industry took place in Beijing. Along with the lively discussion on the ongoing reform, the industry representatives also exchanged opinions on further Sino-German cooperation possibilities in the field of conformity assessment.
Accompanied by QI-members, Dr. Norbert Schultes, head of the Accreditation, Conformity Assessment, Metrology, Supervision PTB and BAM Department of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), visited the Chinese Certification and Accreditation Institute (CCAI) on behalf of the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) on 15 May 2015.
On 14 May 2015, the fifth annual meeting of the Sino-German Working Group on Product Safety took place at the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ) in Beijing. Chaired by Department Head Sun Wenkang (Department of Supervision on Inspection, AQSIQ) and Deputy Head Liu Weijun (Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China, CNCA), results of the Sino-German cooperation on product safety were discussed with Department Head Dr.Wolfgang Scheremet (Industrial Policy, BMWi).
On 11 May 2015, the first annual meeting of the Subworking Group on Product Safety in the Automobile Industry took place at the Chinese General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) in Beijing.
In the context of the Sub Working Group on Product Safety in the Automotive Industry, a delegation visit of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ), the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA), the China Quality Certification Centre (CQC) and further specialised institutions to Germany and Brussels took place from 20 to 24 April 2015.
On 27 March 2015, the 3rd Expert Workshop on Harmonisation of Testing and Certification Procedures for Toy Products took place in Munich.
1st Expert Workshop on the Pilot Project for the Mutual Recognition of Test Reports for Liquid Heaters
On 16 March 2015, the first Expert Workshop for the Mutual Recognition of Tests Reports took place in Beijing to promote the mutual recognition of test reports as well as the harmonisation of conformity assessment procedures.
On 9 March 2015, representatives of German industry, politics and academia met for a half-day Private Sector Roundtable on “Industrie 4.0” at Kempinski Hotel Lufthansa Center in Beijing.
On 12 January 2015, German and Chinese experts gathered in Frankfurt to discuss the next steps in the harmonization of safety labelling of B2B products.
On 5 December 2014, German and Chinese experts gathered in Beijing to discuss challenges in the development of reference material.
On 4 December 2014, the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) hosted an Expert Hearing on “China (Shanghai) Free Trade Zone: Impact of Current Import Inspection and Certification Reforms on German Companies“ in Waigaoqiao, Shanghai.
The second expert workshop on conformity assessment in the toy industry was held in Beijing on 3 December 2014 hosted by the Chinese Certification and Accreditiona Administration (CNCA) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
On 2 December 2014, the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) jointly hosted a symposium about the legal framework and organization of market surveillance in China and Germany.
On 5 and 6 November, the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) hosted the a technical exchange and training seminar on Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) in Guiyang.
From 25 to 1 November 2014, representatives of the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA) and the Research Institute of Chemical Industry (SRICI) traveled to Germany on a study tour organized by the QI Project.
Third Expert Workshop on Potentials for Mutual Recognition of Test Reports and Harmonization of Conformity Assessment Procedures between Germany and China
On 14 October 2014, the third expert workshop on Potentials on Mutual Recognition of Test Reports and Harmonization of Certification Procedures took place in Shanghai.
On 13 October 2014, a workshop on “Certification of Surge Protection Devices (SPD)” took place in Shanghai.
During a reception at the Ministry of Commerce of the Peoples Republic of China (MofCom) on 19 September 2014, Director General Dr. Sven Halldorn (Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dept. Industrial Policy) and Director General Li Chenggang (MofCom, Dept. Treaty and Law) agreed on a Joint Declaration that emphasizes the wish of both ministries to intensify bilateral exchange in legal and political aspects of market surveillance.
During the annual meeting of the Sino-German Working Group on Product Safety in June 2014, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Chinese General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) agreed to answer to recent challenges in the trade of automotive products by setting up a sub-working group on product safety in the automotive industry.
From the 15 to 17 September, representatives of the Federal Ministry of Economical Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the German automotive industry visited the Inspection and Quarantine Bureau (CIQ) in Shanghai to exchange on latest developments in import and export of cars and components.
On 19 August 2014, a roundtable discussion on the impact of AQSIQ export inspection reforms on businesses was held in Beijing.
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On Tuesday, 24 June, 2014, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA) jointly organized a seminar on the certification of energy management systems following the fourth annual meeting of the Working Group Product Safety in Berlin.
Macro-policy shifts in quality infrastructure after the 18th Third Plenary Session and the anticipated impacts on foreign companies
The QI Project has commissioned a study on analyzing the policy changes in Chinese quality infrastructure in March 2014.
The fourth annual meeting of the Sino-German Working Group on Product Safety took place on 23 June, 2014 at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Berlin.
On 20 June 2014, representatives of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the Certification and Accreditation Administration or the P.r: China (CNCA), the German Association of the Toy Industry (DVSI) and representatives of German toy companies and testing and certification institutes met in Berlin at the invitation of BMWi and the Sino-German Quality Infrastructure Project to attend a planning workshop for the project´s core topics.
In May and June 2014, two consecutive events on the GS scheme (“safety tested”) took place in Beijing.
Second Workshop on Potentials for Mutual Recognition of Test Reports and Harmonization of Conformity Assessment Procedures between Germany and China
On 30 May 2014, the 2nd workshop on Potentials for Mutual Recognition of Test Reports and Harmonization of Conformity Assessment Procedures between Germany and China was held in Beijing.
On the occasion of a series of events from 5 to 9 May 2014, representatives of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ), the German Central Authority for Safety of the Länder (ZLS) and the local market surveillance authorities of the provinces Sichuan, Shenzhen and Guangdong discussed the basic aspects of the legislation and the execution of market surveillance in Germany and China.
On 1 April 2014, a workshop on “Testing methods of determination of Chromium VI content” was held in Berlin hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as a part of a study tour about requirements for reference materials.
The Quality Infrastructure Project deals with a common definition of the requirements on reference materials of inorganic elements in toys for Germany and China.
From 12 March to 13 March 2014, the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Central Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ) were jointly invited to an expert workshop on product labels of industrially used products in Nanjing.
On 11 March 2014, the Sino-German Quality Infrastructure (QI) Project has invited to a roundtable meeting with industry experts on “Post 3rd Plenum Impacts on Production Conditions and Market Access”.
On 21 February 2014 representatives of the German Association of the Toy Industry (DVSI), German toy companies as well as testing and certification institutions met in Hamburg at invitation of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and GIZ for a planning workshop to investigate two thematic priorities of the Quality Infrastructure Project involving the toy industry.
On 31 January 2014, the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) invited to the workshop “Material Management, the easy way!” as part of the Toy Fair in Nuremberg.
On 30 January 2014, the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (ZVEI) hosted an expert workshop in Frankfurt to promote the dialogue with the China Quality Certification Center (CQC) on certification of surge protection devices (SPDs).
Representatives of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology of the Federal Republic of Germany (BMWi) and the General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ) visited three Chinese provinces from Tuesday, 15 October to Friday, 18 October 2013 to inform the local authorities about latest developments in market surveillance regulations in both countries.
On Monday, 14 October 2013, the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology of the Federal Republic of Germany (BMWi) and the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ) jointly organized a workshop on the new EU Market Surveillance and Product Safety Directive in Beijing.
On 13 September 2013, the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) and the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA) have co-hosted a workshop in Berlin to elaborate on the potentials for mutual recognition of test reports between Germany and China.
From Tuesday, 13 August to Friday, 16 August 2013, the project line on Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) for chemical substances has started with trainings and laboratory visits in Shanghai and Ningbo.
On 7 June 2013, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology of the Federal Republic of Germany (BMWi), Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission (DG ENTR) and the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ) have jointly hosted a symposium on EU Machinery Directive in Shanghai.
On 6 June 2013, the Sino-German Working Group on Product Safety convened its 3rd annual plenary meeting in Shanghai to review its achievements over the past year and map out future plan of cooperative projects for strengthening cooperation in the field of product safety between China and Germany.