As 2018 draws to a close it is time to reflect on another busy and productive year and to acknowledge a little of what we have achieved over the last 11 months which includes:
Another big highlight of the year from my perspective was Trading Standard’s hosting of the 25th Asia-Pacific Legal Metrology Forum (APLMF) and Working Group meetings in Christchurch. The forum was attended by 52 delegates representing 17 economies from around the region. Wearing two hats as the President and Host for this milestone meeting was a privilege as we recognised our achievements over this period. If you were not able to attend the meeting I encourage you to view the 25 year history video presentation on our website.
25th APLMF Meetings Attendees
Thank you to all those economies that were represented at this year’s meetings along with our guests from PTB, BIML, APMP and APLAC, and speakers from Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
We recognise New Zealand, while a very attractive destination, is a long haul for most of our members so we were delighted with such a good turnout. Hosting was an opportunity to share a little of our unique New Zealand culture and environment and I hope you found your time in New Zealand enjoyable.
Feedback at the meeting indicated a high level of engagement in the current and future activities of APLMF which is very gratifying and bodes well for the organisation as it heads into its next 25 years. It was great to have the event opened with a video welcome by Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi and to hear an address by Jim Robinson, Manager Trade and International, MBIE. Another highlight was having John Birch address the meeting as our founding President and constant guiding presence over the last 25 years and into the future.
Some of the key outcomes of the 25th APLMF meetings included the identification of actions to support regional utilisation of the new OIML Certificate System through formation of an APLMF Working Group aimed at supporting member economies to better understand and get the most benefits out of this system. Agreement was also reached to initiate development work on how a pilot Conformity to Type programme (based on OIML D xx Conformity to Type (CTT)) – Pre-market conformity assessment of measuring instruments could work within the region. A work programme of training and development activities including creation of a library of online training modules was also confirmed. I look forward to progressing these and the many other exciting initiatives identified in the APLMF work programme in the coming year.
All of the reports and presentations of the 25th APLMF meetings are available on the website and documents discussed at the member only session including the resolutions passed at the meeting are available on the member only page.
We are working on a highlights video which we will endeavour to have available at the end of January, followed by the draft Report/Minutes at the end of March 2019.
25th APLMF events included a visit to the Antarctic Centre and Canterbury University School of Engineering
Summary of Upcoming Deadlines
Survey Test Procedures for Goods Packed by Measure – the deadline has been extended to 31st January 2019. Executive Committee Vacancy – a call for nominations will be sent to members in the coming week and nominations will close on 31st January 2019.
Quality Measurement of Agricultural Products (QMAP) WG 23-24 October – Nonthaburi, Thailand
A special two day planning meeting was held as the second part of a programme to transfer knowledge, from the outgoing Chair Dr Tsuyoshi Matsumoto, National Metrology Institute of Japan, to the members of the new QMAP WG. The main purpose was to ensure the QMAP members were confident they could deliver the Rice Moisture Training course planned for Thailand on the 3-7 December 2018.
The following members of the QMAP WG attended this training: Chair Mr Surachai Sungzikaw (CBWM, DIT, Thailand) and Deputy Chair Ms Haslina Bbte Abdul Kadir (NMIM (National Metrology Institute of Malaysia), Mr Thares Yodalai and Mrs Benjamas Winya (both of CBWM, DIT Thailand). Mr Norihiro Yoshida of Kett Electric Laboratory Co. Ltd, Japan was also involved.
Thank you to PTB, MEDEA 2 project for support and funding, along with the host Central Bureau of Weights and Measures (CBWM) DIT, Thailand. The development of trainers from developing economies is a milestone in the work of APLMF and PTB through the MEDEA programme with significant input from the outgoing Chair Dr Matsumoto and APLMF Training Coordinator, Mrs Marian Haire.
Introduction of OIML Training Center (OTC)
The first draft of “Framework of OTC” was developed by China. The document has been discussed during Countries and Economies with Emerging Metrology Systems (CEEMS) annual AG meeting in the margins of the 53rd CIML meeting at 8th October 2018 in Hamburg, Germany. Although the general text was agreed, however, members of AG would like to have more definition and more describe of the distinguished category of OTC. So, AG has established an ad-hoc working group with co-convenorship by Dr. Peter Ulbig, PTB Germany and SAMR, China. This document shall be finalized and get prepared for approval in next AG meeting, and it will be in October 2019.
In this article, it only shows a general idea of the document, the formal one will be available once it was approved.
The first OIML training center, the OIML Pilot Training Center (OPTC), was established on July 18, 2016 at the Changping Campus of the National Institute of Metrology (NIM), China in Beijing, China.
So far, it has carried out many training and seminars with the urgently needed topics of CEEMS. It has actively promoted OIML related concepts and documents, it has provided a platform for exchanges of different ideas and became the “home” for the legal metrology personnel to learn and improve. As a “Pilot” for the OIML Training Center, it has accumulated valuable experience for further development and promotion of its work.
In light of previous experience from OPTC events and consider the continually increased needs from different region of the world, to promoting such activities, OIML CEEMS AG would like to develop a framework of OIML Training Center (OTC) in order to establish more OTC in each region.
The objectives of the OTC are:
The working scope of OTC includes:
4. Establishment of OTC
Conditions for establish an OTC:
Note: The applicant must provide relevant supporting materials.
5. Managing documents
The managing documents of the OTC are:
OIML OTC structure includes:
Member states and corresponding members, AG, OIML experts, RLMOs, OPTC and OTCs.
The Figure 1 above shows the structure and relationship of each party of OTC in the OIML.
Hosting future APLMF Meetings
We are very pleased to confirm Vietnam will host the 26th APLMF and Working Group Meetings in 2019 and we expect to be able to confirm dates (planned for early November) and the venue in the New Year.
Hosting a meeting provides a wonderful opportunity for your organisation to either showcase significant activities in Legal Metrology or to expose a greater number of staff to what other economies are working on or have achieved. It is very important for APLMF to be able to have confirmed hosts for at least a year or two in advance to allow economies plenty of time to plan and budget to attend. We would ask you to consider hosting a future meeting, particularly if you haven’t hosted a meeting, or have haven’t hosted more than 2 meetings.
Below is the list of meetings hosted over the last 25 years.
In closing for 2018
On behalf of the APLMF Secretariat team I wish you, your colleagues and families all the very best for the holiday season and good health and fortune in 2019. In New Zealand, we typically take our summer holidays during January/February to take advantage of our long sunny days, beautiful beaches and lakes. Many of us enjoy camping and getting out into the great outdoors.