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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 110

Quality Standards vitally important in export trade

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Colombo, 22 December, ( Under the globalization trend Quality Standards are key to international market specially for emerging econmies, said Alan Bryden, Secretary General, Organization for International Standards (ISO) on the theme ‘Perspectives on Standardization and Business Competitiveness’ at 0th Key Person’s Forum organized by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka held at Trans Asia Hotel.

Nawaz Rajabdeen, President, FCCISL introducing the day’s Key Person – Alan Bryden said that the present day consumers were different from earlier consumers as they were quality conscious, far more selection and price sensitive. He said that conformity to international quality standards were important to countries like Sri Lanka where it would amply support economic achievements, industrial growth and international competitiveness with better standards

Bryden continuing his presentation said that an increasing demand for consensus based international standards has become vital due to globalization of trade in products and services; delocalization of procurement and investment; deregulation of public services; response to climate change and energy efficiency; public demand for consumer and environmental protection and security need for international solidarity to face terrorism epidemics and natural disasters and deployment of new technologies and innovations.

He said that topical issues for Sri Lanka Industry in ISO in new technologies would be information technologies, nanotechnologies, biotechnologies and health technologies and informatics and under energy the issues would be energy management, biofuels, solar energy and sustainable building.

He said that the topical issues for Sri Lanka industry in ISO under environment, climate change and social would be environmental management: ISO 14000 series, Green House Gas emissions accounting and verification/Carbon footprint, water quality, air quality and social responsibility. Topical issues under Services would be: financial services, distribution of drinking water and sewage, IT services, Tourism and related services and learning services.

Bryden said that a new global framework for technical harmonization under various agreements coming under World Trade Organization were been formulated. He said that this was necessary due to multiplication of regional and bilateral trade agreements to more than 200 identified by WTO; major new emerging economies like China, India, Brazil, CIS, and ASEAN Countries; good regulatory practices and reference to standards, as components of good public governance, global companies and increasing impact of societal NGOs.

The World Standards Cooperation (WSC) under Multi-discipline and cross-sector (ISO), electro technology (IEC) and telecommunications have been collaborated to meet the challenges of converging technologies, Bryden said.

Bryden said that the WTO has observer status and collaboration in the International Networking of ISO and under UN agencies there would be CODEX, ILO, IMO, ITC, UPU, UN/ECE, UNIDO, WHO, WMO, WToO involved. There are 680 liaisons working with international organizations in technical work It has links with seven regional bodies such as ACCSO, AIDMO, ARSO, CEN, COPANT, EASC and PASC.

He said that the ISO Conformity Assessment Committee (ISO/CASCO) toolbox consists of 24 documents covering vocabulary, principles and common elements of conformity assessment, code of good practice, product certification, system certification, certification of persons, marks of conformity, testing, calibration, inspection, supplier’s declaration of conformity, accreditation, per assessment and mutual recognition arrangements.

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