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     In order to enhance the National Quality Infrastructure, DRI has collaborated with International and Regional Organization and hosted the awareness programme regarding NQI frequently.

     The ISO Technical Programme Manager Training and Discussion was held in the National Standards and Quality Department, Department of Research and Innovation  under Ministry of Education in DRI Meeting Room in Yangon, Myanmar on 29th November 2016. The training was attended by representatives from relevant Ministries of 20 Technical Committees of Myanmar Standards, Myanmar Engineering Society (MES), Union of Myanmar Federation Chambers of Commerce and Industries (UMFCCI) and stakeholders from the private sectors including Myanmar Fruit, Flowers and Vegetable Producer and Exporter Association, Myanmar Rubber Planters and Producers Association, etc.

     In the training session, Mr. Antoine Morin, Technical Programme Manager    from ISO shared the course on Structure and Management of ISO, People involved in the process for developing International Standards, Process for developing International Standards, Building Consensus and Stakeholder Engagement.

 
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ASTM International is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of voluntary consensus standards. Today, over 12,000 ASTM standards including over 2000 construction standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance health and safety, strengthen market access and trade, and build consumer confidence

 

 
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UNIDO in MYANMAR: DEVELOPING THE COUNTRY’S QUALITY INFRASTRUCTURE
The “NQI for Trade project” supports accreditation, standardization, metrology, testing laboratories, inspection, and food safety.


UNIDO is the UN specialist agency mandated for Integrated Sustainable Industrial Development. As part of their competitiveness upgrading portfolio, UNIDO supports the development of National Quality infrastructure (standards, metrology, and conformity assessment) worldwide.
In Myanmar, UNIDO (project TEMYA 120001) has been assisting the development of the Myanmar National Accreditation Body since 2014. The UNIDO expert is Mr Ned Gravel, a senior accreditation and conformity assessment expert. Mr Gravel, an APLAC Chairperson, has been developing National Accreditation Bodies in Bangladesh, Laos, and Jordan.  
UNIDO support to DRI for accreditation includes:
- assisting the Accreditation Division of NSQD to set up the quality management system for accreditation in line with ISO17011 standard
- training MNAB staff on assessment procedures and decision-making
- raising the profile of Myanmar AB in regional forums (APLAC GA in 2015 and 2106), and assisting to regional cooperation with the Singapore Accreditation Council providing assistance to select and train assessors: the first ever assessors' training course in Myanmar was organized in September 2016 for 20 lab officers.


UNIDO’s support to Accreditation is consistent with assistance to the laboratory sector under another component of the TEMYA120001 project. UNIDO currently supports seven laboratories to set up quality management systems in line with ISO/IEC 17025; also providing necessary equipment and proficiency testing services as needed.

 
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October 14th 2016,



The Ministry of Education,   Department of Research and Innovation, National Standards and Quality Department celebrated World Standards Day at IBC, Yangon.

The event was sponsored jointly by PTB ( German National Metrology Institute) and DRI. Opening speeches were delivered by the Union Minister of Education H.E. Dr.Myo Thein Gyi  and PTB. Presentations were made by international and local experts from USAID, PTB, DRI, Myanmar’s Consumers Union, Myanmar Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Association and others.  The ceremony was attended by Parliament Members, Government, industry, trade associations and experts from USAID ,GIZ and representative from International and national organizations.


The theme of this year chosen by the ISO, IEC and ITU international organizations  is “Standards Build Trust”. This theme indeed, truly coincide with the principles and concepts advocating by standardization, namely conserving and ideal usage of resources, protection of the consumer and the environment, ensuring the suitability of products and services for their intended purposes, avoiding duplication of efforts, promoting exports and ensuring safety of imports, and to improve the quality of life in general.


The objective of the ceremony was to share the standardization activities of NSQD and ISO to all stakeholders and International communities through website and to pay tribute to the thousands of experts who share their know- how and expertise to develop International Standards. The international and local speakers have shared their knowledge and experience.

Click here to see  the Speech of the Union Minister of Education and Powerpoint Presentation 1, 2, 3, 4.

 
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On July 22, 2016, the ceremony for the Introduction and Availability of The Handbook on Standards, Metrology, and Conformity Assessment: Tools to Facilitate Trade and Market Access took place at the Myanmar Engineering Society (MES). The National Standards and Quality Department of the Department of Research and Innovation and the Myanmar Engineering Society together with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Private Sector Development Project in Myanmar have jointly developed this handbook to create awareness and show the importance of Standards, Metrology and Conformity Assessment as they relate to trade facilitation, export competitiveness and market access in the Union of Myanmar.

The ceremony was opened by addresses from Director General of DRI, Mr. Win Khaing Moe, President of MES Mr. Aung Myint, and Mr. Manoj Dessi, Senior Commercial Officer from the U.S Embassy.  The ceremony was attended by representatives from various Technical Committees for Standardization, the private sector and members of MES and DRI.

Mr. Ed Nemeroff, Senior Technical Advisor from USAID project delivered the presentation on the introduction and demonstration of the Handbook.

This was followed by Dr.Zar Ni Aung, Director of NSQD presented a progress report on the Activities of Myanmar National Quality Infrastructure, this was followed by Mr. MyoThwin, and Central Executive Committee of MES described the activities of Myanmar Engineering Society.

A representative of the US Embassy made special presentation, a donation of metrology e-learning training materials to MES and DRI.

The Ceremony was closed by Dr.Charle Than, Vice President of MES who thanked everyone one and then the ceremony was successfully closed.

Copies of the Handbook can be free downloaded by clicking on the Publication Tab above.

 

 

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