Stakeholders discuss topics for the Indo-German work plan

Boris Böhme (right), Dr. Thomas Zielke und Gerhild Roth represent the Federal Ministry of Economics (BMWi) at the virtual stakeholder consultation. Screenshot © GIZ – GPQI

On 29 June 2021, representatives of renowned German industry associations, companies and quality infrastructure (QI) institutions discussed topics for the 2021/22 work plan of the Indo-German Quality Infrastructure Working Group. The stakeholder consultation took place virtually. In addition to new goals and priorities for cooperation, the participants also discussed current economic policy developments in India.  They also informed each other about milestones reached in existing cooperation topics.


Dr Zielke, Head of the Division for National and International Standardisation Policy and Patent Policy of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), opened the conference by highlighting the relevance of the dialogue with India within the framework of GPQI. India's QI is currently undergoing dynamic change. Through close cooperation, concrete market access barriers of industry can be addressed directly. This has been achieved most recently with the commentary on technical regulations in the automotive industry and the guide on CE marking of personal protective equipment (PPE). At the same time, one can accompany reforms and promote international harmonisation.


India is currently experiencing a significant increase in technical regulations. These are issued in the form of Quality Control Orders. They usually provide for mandatory certification based on certain standards. The participants in the meeting confirmed that this is increasingly leading to challenges for German companies in terms of technical market access. This is the case, for example, with a lack of recognition of test results, unclear procedures or implementation deadlines that are too tight. The dialogues on systemic QI issues should be strengthened further. The strategic dialogue on technical regulation and conformity assessment should be expanded.


The stakeholders also discussed overarching goals and current priorities in the sector-specific collaborations of the working group. These include mobility, energy, medical technology, machinery and equipment, as well as Industrie 4.0 and digital technologies. The results of the meeting will now be shared with the Indian partners. Based on this, the 2021/2022 work plan is to be coordinated and signed between the BMWi and the Indian partner ministry soon.


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