Global Project Quality Infrastructure

The German Government conducts bilateral political and technical dialogues with Brazil, China, India and Mexico in order to align and harmonise the regulatory and technical trading conditions with these countries. Among other things, the dialogues focus on standards and norms, differing testing and certification requirements as well as product safety controls.

 

The Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI) of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) brings together political decision-makers with business representatives and stakeholders from industry associations, chambers and specialist institutions. By organising political and technical exchanges and implementing jointly agreed measures, GPQI facilitates the development of coherent quality infrastructures, which are an important prerequisite for fair and efficient trade and product safety.

 

Well-functioning and internationally coherent quality infrastructures also form an important basis for technical innovation and development. Therefore, GPQI is also engaged in supporting and coordinating coherent regulatory frameworks in innovative fields such as Industry 4.0, electric mobility and artificial intelligence.

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The question how to strengthen market surveillance is of rising importance in India. In June 2018, the Indian government released the Indian National Strategy for Standardization, which includes the goal to establish an effective market surveillance system. Against this background, the Global Project Quality Infrastructure organised a workshop on market surveillance in New Delhi on 4 December.

On 5 December, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the Indian Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and the Indian Ministry of Labour and Employment came together in New Delhi to launch the publication Making Safe Machines a Standard in India.

Die Unterarbeitsgruppe (UAG) Industrie 4.0 der Deutsch-Chinesischen Kommission zur Zusammenarbeit in der Normung ist am 21. und 22. November in Peking zu ihrem siebten Treffen zusammengekommen.

Within the framework of the event “quality connects”, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Indian Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution came together in New Delhi on 4 December. The focus of the event was the launch of an overview publication of India’s quality infrastructure landscape.

Zur Vorbereitung der 6. Jahressitzung der Deutsch-Indischen Arbeitsgruppe Qualitätsinfrastruktur (QI) im Januar trafen sich rund 30 Vertreter*innen aus der Wirtschaft, Verbänden und QI-Institutionen am 19. November im Bundeswirtschaftsministerium (BMWi) in Berlin. Es wurde darüber diskutiert, welche Anliegen die Wirtschaft in den politischen Dialog mit indischen Ministerien einbringen möchte.

Über die Auswirkungen des Regierungswechsels für deutsche Unternehmen diskutieren am 28. November in einem Webinar der Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) drei Brasilien-Experten.

 

German and Chinese companies are striving to develop new products and technologies that will shape the future of the building sector and support the transition towards a green construction industry. The question how quality infrastructure (QI) can facilitate this development was addressed in expert talks jointly organised by the Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI) and Messe München GmbH on 1 November.

The Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has released a draft National Policy on Electronics 2018 (NPE 2018) on 10 October. It underlines the high priority that the Government of lndia attaches to the electronics industry, which is also an important pillar of both the 'Make in India' and 'Digital India' programmes.

Brasilien hat im August ein neues Bundesgesetz zum Schutz personenbezogener Daten verabschiedet, das Anfang 2020 offiziell in Kraft treten wird. Das brasilianische Datenschutzgesetz folgt im Wesentlichen den Vorgaben der EU-Datenschutzgrundverordnung.

Präsentation von Boris Böhme, Referatsleiter Produkt- und Anlagensicherheit des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) im Rahmen eines BDI-Workshops zum Gesundheitsmarkt in China.

Eine Delegation des chinesischen Handelsministeriums (MOFCOM) hat im Rahmen des Globalprojekts Qualitätsinfrastruktur vom 16. bis 22. September Deutschland und Brüssel besucht.

Gemeinsamer Workshop des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) und des chinesischen Nationalen Amts für Medizinprodukteüberwachung (NMPA) zu aktuellen regulatorischen Schwerpunkten für Medizingeräte.

The Brazilian Foreign Trade Council (CAMEX) has recently issued Brazil’s first Foreign Trade Regulatory Agenda. The Agenda serves as a regulatory planning instrument for 2018 and 2019 and shall assist the Federal Government in the identification and organization of strategic foreign trade regulations. It outlines existing laws and regulations that require review, amendment, update or revocation.

Die Umstrukturierung der chinesischen Behördenlandschaft bringt Änderungen für die Deutsch-Chinesischen Dialoge zur Qualitätsinfrastruktur.

Strong exports can be a major driver of a country’s economic growth. Hence, India has set the goal of increasing its share of global trade and integrating more deeply into global value chains.

India’s competitiveness in manufacturing and the success of ‘Make in India’ depend on its ability to produce high-quality products and services. Product quality is important for human health and consumer safety, as well as for protecting the climate and the environment.

Vortrag von Hans-Georg Niedermeyer (ZLS) zum Thema Marktüberwachung im Rahmen der fünften National Standards Conclave in Neu-Delhi.

The 5th Indian National Standards Conclave organised by the Department of Commerce of the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry took place on 18 and 19 June 2018 in New Delhi, India. Policy makers, industry representatives, and experts from related fields discussed the theme Implementing the Indian National Standards Strategy. India’s new standardisation strategy aims to position standards as a key driver of economic growth, supplementing national policies, and serving the interests of both consumers and the industry.

Am 16. Mai hat in Berlin die achte Jahressitzung der Deutsch-Chinesischen Arbeitsgruppe Produktsicherheit stattgefunden. Die Arbeitsgruppe (AG) tagte unter dem Vorsitz des Bundeswirtschaftsministeriums (BMWi) und des Amts für Zertifizierung und Akkreditierung der Volksrepublik China (CNCA). Bereits am Vortag hatten Workshops zu den Themen technische Innovation und Harmonisierung in der Automobilindustrie und zur Zusammenarbeit in der Konformitätsbewertung im Bereich IT-Sicherheit stattgefunden.

Der Abbau technischer Handelshemmnisse zwischen Mexiko und Deutschland war Thema einer öffentlichen Experten-Diskussion, die am 26. April auf der Hannover Messe stattfand. Vorausgegangen war am Eröffnungstag der Hannover Messe am 23. April die Unterzeichnung einer gemeinsamen Absichtserklärung als Grundlage der künftigen Zusammenarbeit im Bereich Qualitätsinfrastruktur.

Am 11. April hat in Mexiko-Stadt das erste High-Level Meeting des Deutsch-Mexikanischen Dialogs zur Qualitätsinfrastruktur stattgefunden.

On 16 January 2018, the International Conference on Technical Barriers to Trade in the ICT Sector took place in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province. Together with some 270 participants, a delegation of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), led by Mr Helge Engelhard, Deputy Director General (Standardisation and Safety), and Mr Boris Böhme, Division Director (Product and Plant Safety, Technical Harmonisation, Market Surveillance), attended.

27 Experten aus Deutschland und Indien haben am 17. Januar in Neu-Delhi im Rahmen des Expertenaustauschs über Standards für die Ladeinfrastruktur von Elektrofahrzeugen (EV) diskutiert. Sowohl Deutschland als auch Indien erleben eine dynamische Entwicklung der Elektromobilität. Die indische Regierung plant, den Anteil der EVs bis 2030 massiv zu erhöhen. Die deutsche Seite hat ihre Ziele in der Standardisierungs-Roadmap zur Elektromobilität 2020 skizziert.

Am 15. und 16. Januar fand die fünfte Jahressitzung der Deutsch-Indischen Arbeitsgruppe Qualitätsinfrastruktur statt.

Am 13. November hat die Gründungssitzung der Deutsch-Brasilianischen Arbeitsgruppe zur Qualitätsinfrastruktur stattgefunden.

The 5th Plenary Meeting of Sino-German Sub-Working Group E-Mobility was held in Qingdao, China on June 28. More than 82 representatives from ministries, standardization bodies and industry from both, China and Germany, attended this meeting. The delegations were headed by Ms. Wang Li, Deputy General of Industrial Standards Department II of the Standardization Administration of PR China (SAC) and Mr. Rüdiger Marquardt, Member of the Board of the German Institute for Standardization (DIN). Mr. Yin Minghan, Vice Administrator of SAC and Dr. Thomas Zielke, Head of Division Technology Transfer through Standardisation and Patents, Questions of Principle in Standardisation and Patent Policy of BMWi attended the meeting.

On 12 April 2017, the 7th Annual Meeting of the Sino-German Working Group on Product Safety took place in Hangzhou. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Stefan Schnorr, Director General (DG) of Digital and Innovation Policy Department of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and by Mr. Sun Wenkang, Director General of Inspection and Supervision Department of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ), as well as by Mr. Liu Weijun, Deputy Director of Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA).

The workshop on “Recall Procedures and Risk Management” of the Sino-German Sub-Working Group (SWG) on Product Safety in the Automotive Industry took place on the 11th of April 2017 within the framework of the Sino-German Working Group on Product Safety.

In the run-up to the 7th Annual Meeting of the German-Chinese Working Group on Product Safety, a roundtable on the current development and implementation of ecological product certification in China (China Green Product Certification) took place on 11 April 2017.

On the 11th of April, 2017 the workshop in project line “Technical Innovation” and “Technical Harmonization” of the Sino-German Sub-Working Group (SWG) on Product safety in the Automotive Industry took place within the framework of the Sino-German Working Group on Product Safety.

Within the framework of the seventh annual meeting of the Sino-German Working Group on Product Safety held in Hangzhou in April 2017, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has organised a technical side workshop on market surveillance measures in cross-border online trading.

On 31 March 2017, the German Accreditation Service (DAkkS) and the China National Accreditation Service (CNAS) decided to establish a bilateral cooperation within the framework of the Sino-German Working Group on Product Safety.

In March 2017, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has organised a symposium on the legal and regulatory framework for e-commerce in China, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi). Representatives from politics, business and science were invited to participate in the information and discussion event held in Berlin.

On 19 January, the 19th Roundtable on Product Safety in China took place at the Swiss Embassy in Beijing.

A delegation from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) visited Germany and Brussels from the 14th to 18th of November to gather information on the structuring of the automotive market and the legislation on circulation of goods in the automotive industry in Germany and the EU.

As part of China’s long-term national development strategy towards an ecologically sustainable economy, the State Council has mandated the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the PRC (CNCA) to develop and implement a new certification and labelling system for green products.

On the 25th of October, the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung hosted the BAM-CCAI Expert Workshop on Sino-German Cooperation in the area of Conformity Assessment and Accreditation in Berlin.

From the 19th to the 23rd of September, Dr. Bertram Reindl, Landesamt für Gesundheit und Lebensmittelsicherheit (LGL) and Ms. Milena Funk, Deutsches Referenzbüro für Ringversuche & Referenzmaterialien (DRRR) visited Beijing within scope of the Sino-German cooperation on Proficiency Testing (PT).

The second product safety day was held on the 22nd and 23rd of August in Shanghai, due to the immense importance of the Chinese market for the automotive industry.

A workshop on import inspection procedures in China and Germany was held in Tianjin on the 22nd of August.

On 30 June 2016, Ms. Dr. Ines Oehme from the German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) presented at a conference on the development of the new eco-labeling and certification-system “China Green Product Certification” in Hangzhou.

On 20 June, the 18th Roundtable on Product Safety in China took place at the offices of GIZ China in Beijing.

On 15th and 16th June, 2016 representatives from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) participated in an international government symposium on e-commerce legislation in Shanghai.

On Tuesday, 14 June 2016, government and private sector representatives met to discuss regulatory and legislative conditions for cross-border e-commerce in China.

On 24 May 2016, the 6th Annual Meeting of the Sino-German Working Group on Product Safety is going to take place in Berlin.

Anlässlich eines Workshops im Rahmen der Unterarbeitsgruppe (UAG) Produktsicherheit in der Fahrzeugindustrie trafen deutsche und chinesische Experten am 18 März 2016 unter Vorsitz des chinesischen Nationalen Zertifizierungsamtes (CNCA) und des deutschen Bundeswirtschaftsministeriums (BMWi) in Shanghai zusammen.

Anlässlich eines Workshops im Rahmen der Deutsch-Chinesischen Arbeitsgruppe (AG) Produktsicherheit trafen deutsche und chinesische Experten am 16. März 2016 unter Vorsitz des chinesischen Nationalen Zentralamtes für Qualitätsüberwachung, Inspektion und Quarantäne (AQSIQ) und des deutschen Bundeswirtschaftsministeriums (BMWi) in Peking zusammen.

On 15 March 2016, the General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQISQ) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) jointly held the constituting workshop for the Sub-Working Group on Product Safety of Bilaterally Traded Medical Devices in Beijing.