On March 15, 2023, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Ministry of Economy of Armenia co-organized a workshop aimed at raising awareness on developing metrology legislation in line with international good practice and recommendations. The workshop was attended by more than 50 representatives from various sectors, including policy-making authorities, quality infrastructure institutions, universities, and private sector entities.
The workshop was part of the "Support to Quality Infrastructure in Armenia" project, which is funded by the European Union and implemented by UNIDO. The project aims to strengthen the legal and institutional capacity of the metrology system in Armenia by updating its related legislation and analyzing the metrology legislation.
During the workshop, participants gained knowledge on how to ensure the effectiveness of the national metrology system through reforming the metrology legislation in line with international recommendations. They also learned about case studies from some European countries on their national metrology systems and explored the relations between the Law on Metrology and applicable sub-laws.
According to Zhanna Zakaryan, Head of the Department of Quality Infrastructure Development at the Ministry of Economy of Armenia, the program is extremely important and addresses modern issues in metrology. She believes that it promises to make the field-related processes more effective in Armenia and to have a strategy for the development of the sector as a document that will help with a systematic approach to ensuring uniformity in metrology.
Antonis Tsamoulis, Cooperation Officer of the EU Delegation in Armenia, noted that the project is a crucial intervention for improving the quality, safety and reliability of products and services made in Armenia, and as such will contribute to the competiveness of the economy. He also pointed out that developing quality infrastructure in Armenia is one of the priorities of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA).
The "Support to Quality Infrastructure in Armenia" project aims to develop national metrology capacity to provide sustainable and internationally recognized services to stakeholders in Armenia. Its goal is to enable Armenian enterprises to use the benefits of CEPA meaningfully, improve the quality of goods produced, and ensure international recognition of tests performed within Armenia, resulting in increased trade with the EU and other foreign markets.
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