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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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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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        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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       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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 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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