Working meeting with PTB representatives

August 31, 2017, a working meeting was held between the managment of NAAU and the experts of the PTB mission. PTB is the German National Metrology Institute well known internationally for the implementation of Technical Cooperation projects in the field of Quality Infrastructure on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.

The German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development has commisioned PTB to conduct a scoping mission and feasibility study regarding the implemention of a regional project in the area of Quality Infrastructure in the countries of the Eastern Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine).

The objective of this mission to the 6 above mentioned countries is to hold meetings and interviews with selected institutions in charge of Quality Infrastructure (Ministry of Economy, Metrology Institute, Accreditation Body, Standardization Body, Market Surveillance Agency) in order to identify and determine the scope of the regional project in selected disciplines of Quality Infrastructure in the region.

The future project shall be implemented by a mixture of instruments. The exchange of experience between professionals guided by international experts, as well as selected training measures are to be used at regional level. However, the different levels of development and the different dynamics of approximation of the individual countries of the Eastern Partnership in the direction of the EU also require that the specific needs of individual countries be addressed in a complementary way to the approach of conjoint interests.

This project is aimed at bringing together the quality infrastructure systems of Ukraine and the EU, as well as strengthening cooperation within the framework of the signed Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU. Possible project activities include conducting a series of trainings for external and internal personnel of NAAU regarding the requirements of the new ISO/ IEC 17011 and ISO/IEC 17025 standards, accreditation procedures for further notification etc.

During the meeting, a number of questions were discussed regarding the national accreditation system of Ukraine, the international status and structure of NAAU, as well as the nearest prospects for the training of NAAU personnel within the framework of the project.

As a result of the meeting, an agreement was reached on further cooperation between PTB and NAAU and assistance in increasing the competence of NAAU personnel and possible technical support.