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The Mexican government published on May 14th the protocol for a reopening strategy of economic, academic, and social activities. In it, the automotive, construction and mining industries were recognized as essential and will be able to restart activities after the approval of their sanitary security protocols.

The General Bureau of Standards (DGN, in Spanish) approved on May 6th, Mexicana de Acreditación (MAAC, A.C.) as a new accreditation body. Until 2020, and for 21 years, the Mexican Accreditation Body (Entidad Mexicana de Acreditación, EMA) was the only authorized accreditation entity in the country.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a worldwide surge in demand for medical devices and personal protective equipment (PPE), including in Germany and Europe. During this critical time, GPQI is supporting both German and Chinese authorities to ensure product quality and safety of critical equipment.

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) announced that test requests to the laboratories for the Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS) will only be accepted online from 1 June 2020 onward.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the current lockdown, India's Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) has announced to issue import licences for medical devices and in-vitro diagnostic (IVD) kits, even if the required notarised / apostilled documents cannot be presented at the moment.

The Mexican Senate calls on the private sector, academic and research institutions, specialists, civil society organizations, and others interested in the subject to send their opinions on the Quality Infrastructure Law initiative.