German-Brazilian Working Group QI discussed topic priorities for 2023
During the German-Brazilian Economic Meeting (EEBA), on 14 March 2023, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and the Brazilian Ministry of Development, Industry, Trade and Services (MDIC) hosted the fifth Annual Meeting of the Brazilian-German Working Group on QI in Belo Horizonte.
Prior to the meeting companies and QI institutions from Brazil and Germany suggested topics for discussion. Both ministries and the Brazilian National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Inmetro) assured that all insights and contributions would be taken into consideration when constructing the new work plan. The cooperation will continue in the fields of standardization, conformity assessment, accreditation, product safety, and market surveillance. The objectives of German-Brazilian cooperation for 2023 and beyond were discussed.
2022’s highlights: Best regulatory practices, GPL-demonstrator and Green Paper on Digital Health
Highlights from the past year's cooperation and results were shared, including best regulatory practices, the development of a demonstrator of Global Production Language, and the Green Paper on Digital Health. The private sector highlighted topics within the realms of circular economy, the role of QI in the decarbonisation of Global Value Chains, digitalisation of QI systems, interoperability of Industrial networks, and general cooperation on regulatory challenges.
The conference was co-chaired by Dr Daniela Brönstrup, Director-General Digital and Innovation Policy Department (BMWK), and Dr Andrea Macera, Secretary for Competitiveness and Regulatory Policy (MDIC). The meeting was attended by the President of the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT), Mario William Esper, and Diego Pizetta, Head of the International Articulation department of Brazil's National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Inmetro).
Digitalisation, reindustrialisation, and decarbonisation are strategic issues
The Brazilian side stated that the new government has defined QI as a strategic pillar of the reindustrialisation process to be conducted in the coming years. The German side celebrated the fact that QI is gaining more significance in Brazil and highlighted the impact of what has been achieved by the dialogue in the last year.
BMWK, MDIC, and Inmetro emphasised that QI is an essential tool to foster innovation and competitiveness. It should be considered in a transversal way for all sectors of the economy – including strategic issues for bilateral cooperation such as digitalisation, reindustrialisation, and decarbonisation.