SINGAPORE, 1 September 2016 – Representatives from the National Accreditation Focal Points (NAFP) of Cam160903aseanbodia and Lao PDR met their supporting Partner Accreditation Bodies (PAB) from Thailand and Vietnam on 28 August to exchange information on current developments and issues regarding the on-going development of accreditation services in the CLM countries. Myanmar contributed input to the meeting which was also attended by its prospective PAB from Singapore.

This one-day meeting served as a platform for sharing experiences, optimizing joint planning, and providing greater clarity on the practical aspects of implementing the agreements between the NAFP and their PAB. Specific technical topics were explored and agreement was reached to share information on assessors and training opportunities.

The core function of the NAFP is to enable internationally recognised accreditation to be available to conformity assessment bodies such as laboratories, certification and inspection bodies in the CLM countries, whilst concurrently developing the local accreditation services.

Accreditation is a key service needed by industry and government authorities.  Operating in the public interest across all market sectors, accreditation determines the technical competence, reliability and integrity of conformity assessment bodies which check conformity and compliance with standards and regulations. Accreditation works through a process of transparent and impartial evaluation of these organisations against internationally recognized standards and other requirements.

The meeting was held in conjunction with the 31st Meeting of the ASEAN Consultative Committee on Standards and Quality (ACCSQ) Working Group on Conformity Assessment (Working Group 2), and was organised and supported by Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB – the National Metrology Institute of Germany).

This initiative is a component of the ASEAN – PTB project “Improving Quality Infrastructure in ASEAN” working to enhance the technical capabilities in the CLM Countries, and to contribute to regional economic integration in ASEAN – in line with the ACCSQ Standard and Conformance Strategic Plan 2016 – 2025.