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       Director General of DRI Mr. Win Khaing Moe and Mr Daniel Swift of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) officially dedicated the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Enquiry Point.

       As a Member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Myanmar seeks to comply with the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) which is designed to ensure that technical regulations, standards, testing and certification procedures do not create unnecessary obstacles to trade.Each WTO/ASEAN Member is required operate an Enquiry Point that can answer all reasonable inquiries from other WTO/ASEAN Member countries as well as from interested domestic parties.

        The Myanmar TBT Enquiry Point and Information Center has been established within the Myanmar Standards and Quality Department to coordinate with central and local government agencies and other relevant organizations. The EP will provide information and documents and assistance in answering domestic and foreign enquires concerning standards, technical regulations, and testing and product certification procedures that apply to products sold in Myanmar and the technical requirements for products exported to other WTO and ASEAN member countries, and to facilitate notifications of TBT measures to the WTO and ASEAN. These basic services will be provided by the Enquiry Point office free of charge.

       USAID provided technical assistance and training for the staff of the Department of Research and Innovation in the operation of a WTO/ASEAN compliant Enquiry Point and Information Center. In addition USAID equipped the EP office with an integrated information technology computer system, provided furniture and the environmental control system.

 
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        On June 29-July 1 2016, the meeting for National Standards Capability Analysis Framework (NSCAF) was conducted at Department of Research and Innovation, Ministry of Education in Yangon. The objective of the meeting was to effectively implement the International Standards Infrastructure Cooperation Program (ISCP), it was necessary to analyze the national standards capabilities for partner countries. This National Standards Capability Analysis Framework (NSCAF), which is a tool for analyzing the National Standards capabilities of a country, was developed to meet such needs.

            The meeting was attended by official from National Standards and Quality Department, DRI and the experts from KTC (Korea Testing Certification), KATRI (Korea Apparel Testing & Research Institute), KASTO (Korea Association of Standards & Testing Organization), KSA (Korea Standards Association) and the representatives from relevant laboratories.

 

 
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Opening Ceremony of 42nd ASEAN Consultative Committee for Standards and Quality (ACCSQ) Meeting held in Yangon

Yangon, 22nd September

 

            On September 22nd 2014, Myanma Scientific and Technological Research Department hosted the 42nd ASEAN Consultative Committee for Standards and Quality meeting and its related events.

            The opening speech was delivered by H.E.Dr. Ko Ko Oo, Union Minister of Ministry of Science and Technology and the meeting was attended by ACCSQ leaders, members from ASEAN Countries, president of IEC, dialogue partners, Director General and Rectors from Ministry of Science and Technology and country contact persons from relevant ministries.

            The objective of the workshop was to discuss the harmonization of Standards, Conformity Assessment Procedure and Metrology.

            Attendees were discussed to fulfill the requirements of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015 and to eliminate the technical barrier to trade.

 

 

 

 

 
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 According to the implementation of the project “Strengthening the National Quality Infrastructure (NQI)for trade in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar”, Mr. Ned Gravel, Accreditation Expert from UNIDO delivered basic training on ISO/IEC 17025- “General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories” during the period 6-8 June, 2016. The training was attended by staff from Food and Drug Administration (FDA-YGN), Food and Drug Administration (FDA-MDY), Food and Drug Administration (FDA-NPT), Department of Medical Research, Ministry of Health (DMR), National Health Lab, Ministry of Health  (NHL), Analytical Laboratory Section, Department of fisheries(FIQCD), Commodity Testing and Quality Management System(CTQM), Soil and Water Section Laboratory under Yezin Agricultural University, Myanmar Inspection and Testing Services, Food Industries Development Supporting Laboratory(FIDSL) , National Edible Oil Quality Control Laboratory(NEOQCL) , Universities' Research Centre, University of Yangon and Metrology division of DRI, as well as the staff of the Accreditation division of DRI.

 
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On June 20th, 2014, a consultation workshop was held in Yangon to provide inputs to draft revisions to the Law on Metrology. The workshop was attended by some 50 participants from Government and the private sector. It was officially opened by Deputy Minister H.E. Professor Dr. Aung Kyaw Myat of the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Metrology is the science of measurement. There is an increasing understanding of the importance of metrology to the economy and society as a whole. Accurate measurement forms the backbone of technical regulations, documentary standards and legal metrology, and thus it is the prerequisite for reliable business transactions and international trade. The consultation workshop ended with the agreement that a small working committee made up of MSTRD and other government officials, private legal advisors and an international expert from USAID would be formed to finalize a draft that is consistent with WTO/ASEAN requirements and based on international best practice, as well as being practical to implement in the Myanmar context.

The next steps include:

   a) Submit the draft to the Union Attorney General for review.

  b) Notify the draft to the WTO, leaving time to respond to comments,

  c) If possible, post the draft on the webpage for public comment.

  d) The expectation is for a strong draft Law on Metrology to be submitted to Parliament for approval by the end of 2014.
 

 

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