GPQI Newsletter 5/2022
Global Project Quality Infrastructure Newsletter
04 October 2022
Welcome to the fifth issue of the Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI) newsletter in 2022. This newsletter provides an overview of GPQI’s activities, upcoming events in the field of QI and publications that GPQI has launched recently.
For this issue, we interviewed Yves Leboucher. With almost 10 years of experience in the context of international standardisation, Leboucher complements the GPQI team since July 2022 from a technical point of view. As Project Manager for international cooperations at German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (DKE), he was involved in the activities of the Standardization Council Industrie 4.0 with China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, India, Brazil, Mexico – especially, the development and design of the German Standardization Roadmap Industrie 4.0.
Take a look at our latest news and find out about the QI developments in our partner countries.
Let’s shape the future of QI together!
1. THREE QUESTIONS FOR Yves Leboucher, Advisor Standardisation at Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI)
The normative environment of Industrie 4.0 has been specifically described in the German Standardization Roadmap. What is the motivation for this publication series and which effect does it have?
The German Standardization Roadmap Industrie 4.0 is a strategic-technical publication. It shows the status quo of national and international standardisation in the context of Industrie 4.0. In Germany, the concept of a standardisation roadmap is often used as a blueprint to analyse new or complex issues of standardisation - and to close standardisation gaps. Industrie 4.0 signifies a technological fusion of IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operational Technology). This leads to a significant overlap of previously separate areas of standardisation. Standardisation roadmaps, particularly the Standardization Roadmap Industrie 4.0, help to reduce the complexity of these overlaps. They facilitate navigation in the multi-layered world of standardisation. And they serve as a knowledge base for experts.
The sustainable development goals (SDGs) set clear requirements for the industry in terms of eco-standards and sustainable responsibility. What are the challenges and how can standards help address them?
Sustainable production requires modernisation of our linear economic system into a circular economy that uses resources instead of consuming them. Standardisation helps to build trust in new sustainable products and services. The application of a standard is a sustainability promise. It shows that a product or service is made according to uniform criteria and evaluation procedures. Standards create transparency and comparability. They enable consumers to make sustainable purchasing decisions. Moreover, they pave the way for innovative business models and facilitate market entry. Norms and standards ensure fair and uniform market conditions for all and prevent greenwashing.
How can both Industrie 4.0 and sustainability be implemented in an internationally harmonised quality infrastructure?
Industrie 4.0 is already part of international QI-Dialogues and implemented within the GPQI. Here, for instance, the Standardization Roadmap Industrie 4.0 serves as a central element for identifying the harmonisation topics. It is important to address quality infrastructure and sustainability together. Standards and product conformity are contributing to the green transformation. Within the GPQI dialogues, experts advocate for a circular economy in which standards and regulations promote safe and balanced economic development. To achieve this, digitisation, eco-design, and the use of data are essential. The implementation of a circular economy is challenging due to existing information asymmetries along value chains. Therefore, the industry needs a strong and comprehensive QI system that supports the development of sustainable technologies and innovations and brings in international best practices.
5TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE GERMAN-MEXICAN WORKING GROUP ON QUALITY INFRASTRUCTURE
2022-10-21, 15:00-17:00 (UTC+2 ) / 08:00-11:00 (UTC-5); Berlin/Online
The 5th Annual Meeting of the German-Mexican Working Group on Quality Infrastructure will take place on Friday 21 October 2022 from 15:00 to 17:00 (UTC+2) / 08:00 to 10:00 (UTC-5) in a hybrid format. Chaired by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and the Mexican Ministry of Economy, the meeting is set within the framework of the German-Mexican Dialogue on Quality Infrastructure. Experts from German and Mexican Industries, as well as representatives from QI institutions, will meet in order to define and agree upon the Work Plan 2023 that will shape the cooperation on Quality Infrastructure for the next year.
Please make sure to register here, until 19 October 2022. Further details and the agenda will be shared with the registered participants before the date of the event.
For any questions please contact GPQI Mexico. We look forward to welcoming you to the Annual Meeting.
3. NEWS FROM OUR PARTNER COUNTRIES
Standards for safe machinery protect people and the environment. © Алекке Блажин / Pexels
Second Indo-German Exchange on Global Production Language
Indo-German cooperation on Global Production Language. © Gorodenkoff - Shutterstock
Quality infrastructure for effective climate protection
The most important standard for environmental management is ISO 14001. © Miha Creative - Shutterstock
One of the most urgent tasks of our time is the effective prevention of climate change. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) is organising a G7 conference on standardisation - a strategic instrument for climate protection. QI contributes to climate protection in many ways.
German-Indonesian Exchange on Standards Development and Implementation
International standards ensure the safety and quality of products traded across borders. © Tom Fisk / Pexels
The Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI) organised a virtual exchange on “Standards Development and Implementation in Indonesia and Germany”. High-level speakers from the National Standardization Agency of Indonesia (BSN), the German Institute for Standardization (DIN) and the German Commission for Electrotechnical, Electronic & Information Technologies in DIN and VDE (DKE) discussed standard development in their respective countries.
United in Quality and Safety – Bahasa Indonesia
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