GPQI in 2022 at a glance


2022 was an eventful year. The international quality infrastructure (QI) dialogues were further intensified. Here are some of GPQI’s highlights.


GPQI facilitated 41 workshops and working group meetings which involved ministries and authorities, industry, academia and QI institutions from Germany and partner countries. This resulted in nine publications, three factsheets and 44 news articles, as well as a lively exchange on LinkedIn. In this way, all participants contributed to the worldwide harmonisation of quality infrastructures.


Representatives of the Brazilian government and the private sector at the presentation of the revised regulatory model. © GPQI-GIZ


Inmetro launches its regulatory model

On 25 February 2022, Brazil’s National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Inmetro) launched its modernised regulatory model. The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, the Brazilian Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes, as well as representatives from the industry and the private sector participated in the event.


The regulatory model creates a new regulatory framework that is more closely aligned with international best practices. This includes, among other things, the self-declaration of suppliers and manufacturers, the recognition of international tests, the voluntary application of technical standards and a risk-based approach to general and sectoral regulations. The Brazilian QI benefits from this.


GPQI supported Inmetro during the modernisation process. The German-Brazilian Working Group on QI promoted technical developments, prepared studies, and coordinated the exchange between German and Brazilian experts. The most important topics were risk assessment methods, market surveillance, conformity assessment and the importance of international standards for product safety.


Publications of the sub-working groups in the context of SGSCC’s 10th Annual Meeting. © GPQI-GIZ


10th Annual Meeting of the Sino-German Standardisation Cooperation Commission (SGSCC)

Up to 100 representatives of standardisation organisations, enterprises, industry, and conformity assessment bodies gathered virtually on 21 November 2022 for the 10th SGSCC Plenary Session. Together, they are advancing international standardisation in areas such as Industrie 4.0, automated and connected driving and electromobility.


Three comprehensive publications are the result of the cooperation in the Industrie 4.0 sub-working group: The "Sino-German White Paper on IT Security Tests for Industrie 4.0 and Intelligent Manufacturing", a publication on "Use Case and Scenarios of Condition Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance" and the "Joint Technical Report Digital Twin/Asset Administration Shell"


The technical cooperation is managed by the German Institute for Standardization (DIN), the German Commission for Electrotechnical, Electronic & Information Technologies in DIN and VDE (DKE) and the Standardization Administration of the People's Republic of China (SAC). The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and the State Central Office for Market Regulation of the People's Republic of China (PRC) supervise the cooperation.


Secretary Rohit Kumar Singh (MoCAF&PD) and Dr Ole Janssen (BMWK) discuss opportunities for Indo-German cooperation with Alok Kesari (GIZ) and Vera Moser (GIZ). © GPQI-GIZ 


QI-Days strengthen dialogue for product safety and consumer production

On 07 and 08 July 2022, the Indo-German Quality Infrastructure Days (QI-Days) took place. More than 120 German and Indian experts discussed current topics of QI and Indo-German cooperation on circular economy.


The QI-Days highlighted central action areas for future activities within the Indo-German Working Group on Quality Infrastructure. Experts from both sides exchanged views on current developments at the political level. They also discussed the relevance and role of QI in supporting the ecological transformation of economies. Common interests exist, for example, in the exchange of standards development approaches and information on digital product passports.


Deputy-Director General Dr Ole Janssen (BMWK) and State Secretary Singh (Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution - MoCAF&PD), together with Pramod Kumar Tiwari (Bureau of Indian Standards - BIS) and Dr Steffen Koch (German Embassy in Delhi), emphasised the importance of Indo-German cooperation for fair, efficient, and sustainable trade and economic development.

The QI-Days were organised by BMWK, MoCAF&PD and BIS. The first Indo-German Forum on Technical Regulation and Conformity Assessment kicked off the event.


Product with the Indonesian SNI marking. It serves as proof of compliance with the corresponding Indonesian SNI standards. © Céline Maria Becker / GPQI-GIZ


Workshop series on standardisation, metrology and conformity assessment

There are differences and similarities between the QI systems in Germany and Indonesia. To reduce technical barriers to trade it is crucial that trading partners exchange knowledge about their QI. Therefore, GPQI Indonesia organised three workshops on QI in summer 2022: standards development and implementation, metrology, and conformity assessment and accreditation. Their aim was to provide stakeholders with a deeper understanding of how QI is developing and being implemented in both countries.


Experts from both countries contributed their expertise, including Jens Brinckmann, Katharina Gierschke and Volkmar Stein (BMWK), Mr Enuh Rosdeni (Indonesian Ministry of Industry - MoI), Mr Matheus Hendro Purnomo and Mr Denny Tresna Seswara (Indonesian Ministry of Trade - MoT), Jörg Seifarth (DIN) and Florian Spiteller (DKE), Mr Agah Faisal, Mr Yustinus Kristianto, Sugeng Raharjo as well as Mr Konny Sagala (Indonesian National Standardization Agency - BSN), Sascha Mäuselein (National Metrology Institute of Germany - PTB), Pia Kathöfer (TÜV Rheinland) and Sabine Reinkober (German Accreditation Body - DakkS).


Heiko Herden (VDMA) explains the OPC UA standard, joined by Michael Clark (OPC Foundation), Gerardo Pérez Lechuga (Siemens Mexico) and Lilia de Diego (GPQI). © GPQI-GIZ 


GPQI participates in the Industrial Transformation Mexico Fair 2022

During this year's Industrial Transformation Mexico fair (ITM) on 06 and 07 October, GPQI organised several panel discussions together with important QI stakeholders. Representatives from various sectors and standardisation bodies discussed digital transformation, Industrie 4.0 and smart manufacturing, circular economy, sustainable innovations and electromobility. These are all core topics addressed in the German-Mexican Dialogue on Quality Infrastructure.


The German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau - VDMA) participated along with numerous entities from Mexico, including the General Bureau of Technical Regulation and Standardisation (Dirección General de Normas - DGN), the standardisation and certification body (Normalización y Certificación - NYCE), the National Auto Parts Industry Association (Industria Nacional de Autopartes - INA) and the Association for Standardisation and Certification (Asociación de Normalización y Certificación A. C. - ANCE) as well as Covestro, the OPC Foundation North America, Siemens Mexico, TÜV Rheinland, Volkswagen Truck & Bus México, Volkswagen de México and the ZF Group.


The ITM, an event of Hannover Messe, has been the most important trade fair for technology and Industrie 4.0 in Latin America since its premiere in 2019.


What’s next?

We would like to thank all participants for their commitment to our dialogues for innovation and trade! With your active contribution, GPQI develops politically and economically sensible solutions for technical barriers to trade and fair competition.


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