Global project quality infrastructure

Project description

Title: Global project quality infrastructure
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
Country: Brazil, China, India, Mexico (global project)
Lead executing agency: Brazil: Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC); China: Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), General Administration of Customs (GACC), Standardisation Administration (SAC); India: Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution (MoCAF&PD); Mexico: Ministry of Economy (SE)
Overall term: 2017 to 2020

Context

A properly functioning quality infrastructure guarantees the quality and safety of products of a national economy. It encompasses metrology, standardisation, compliance assessment, accreditation, market surveillance and product safety. At national level, a consistent quality infrastructure guarantees that product requirements are met, thereby ensuring that they are safe for consumers to use.

Objective

The Global Project Quality Infrastructure supports the participating countries in their efforts to remove technical barriers to trade.

Approach

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) launched the Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI) to promote international harmonisation of regulatory and technical trade conditions. The project supports implementation of comprehensive policy dialogue on quality infrastructure issues with selected trade partners of Germany. The key objectives are to remove technical barriers to trade and improve the safety of traded products.

The German Government is holding policy talks with the partner countries Brazil, China, India and Mexico. The focus is on questions concerning differing standards, different inspection and certification requirements, and state product safety controls, among other issues.

The Global Project Quality Infrastructure brings together representatives of the relevant ministries and authorities and experts from associations, chambers, specialist institutions and businesses. The measures they jointly adopt serve to develop an agreed quality infrastructure as an essential requirement for fair, efficient and safe trade.

Moreover, a quality infrastructure forms an important basis for technical innovation and development. Digitalisation of the economy, online trade, Industry 4.0, electromobility and artificial intelligence are key issues for the future for which the project will support the creation of a regulatory framework.