08 June 2017 | Manila, Philippines
The 32nd Meeting of ASEAN Consultative Committee on Standards and Quality (ACCSQ) Working Group on Conformity Assessment (WG2) ended on a good note as member economies came up with several agreements and recommendations during the three-day event held at the New World Manila Bay Hotel from 6 to 8 June 2017
The Philippines, this year’s ASEAN host economy, organized the event through the joint effort of the Philippine Accreditation Bureau (PAB) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the National Organizing Committee (NOC).
Much of the discussions during the sessions focused on the responsibility of overseeing the development of accreditation and conformity assessment services in the ASEAN Member States that is seen to facilitate the implementation of mutual recognition of test reports and certifications aimed at easing technical barriers to trade that can lead to increased business deals among member economies.
The participating economies also reported on the following:
• Recent developments on economic integration initiatives in ASEAN particularly on trade facilitation, standards and conformance.
• Updates on accreditation and conformity assessment systems in member states and promotion of recognition and acceptance of accredited test reports and certificates by national regulatory authorities.
• Developments in conformity assessment strategies and relevant technical infrastructure in support to the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) 2025.
Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar and Brunei also upheld their commitment to develop their accreditation body using the National Accreditation Focal Points (NAFPs.)
A total of 34 participants from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines participated in the event.
The 33rd ACCSQ Working Group 2 meeting will be hosted by Myanmar in September of this year.