Following on from the 23rd APLMF and Working Group Meetings held in Tokyo we have produced two short videos on the highlights of the meetings and the economy reports presented. You can view these videos below.
All other presentations and documents discussed at the meeting are available on the annual meeting section of our website.
The APLMF is pleased to announce that it has recently released the second edition of APLMF Guide 1 - 'National Metrological Infrastructure Joint Guide 1'.
The updated guide is designed to provide an overview of elements of a national metrological infrastructure, with attention devoted to the situation of member economies in the Asia-Pacific region. Its starting point is a consideration of the international activities that underpin national metrology systems and of the organizations that carry out those activities.
Can you view this and other APLMF guides here.
Dear APMF Members and colleagues
Welcome to the President's Newsletter for March 2017.
Please find below an overview of what the APLMF has been working on over the last couple of months.
24th Asia-Pacific Legal Metrology Forum and Working Group Meetings
I am delighted to confirm the 24th APLMF and Working Group Meetings will be held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, Wednesday 25 – Friday 27 October 2017. We expect to have the meeting webpage live by the end of May and open registrations for this meeting.
23rd Asia-Pacific Legal Metrology Forum and Working Group Meetings – Highlights
As my first Forum meeting as President there were many highlights which included discussions on the draft APLMF Strategic plan, the new Guidelines and Operation processes for Working Groups and coming up with some recommendations on how to do things differently. I always enjoy hearing the progress made in each of the Working Groups and reports from the economies and related organisations. Renewing contact with member representatives and having opportunities to discuss legal metrology issues across the region was invaluable.
The draft minutes from the APLMF and Working Groups Meetings for feedback and our video summary will also be available on our website in the coming weeks.
25th Asia-Pacific Legal Metrology Forum and Working Group Meetings
In 2018 APLMF will celebrate 25 years which is an exciting milestone. I am actively looking for an economy who would like to host this auspicious event. Please contact the Secretariat if you are interested in hosting and would like some more information about what hosting a forum event involves.
‘Full Member Only’ area of the website
The primary contact for each full member economy were sent login and password details for the ‘full member only’ area of the website on 28 March 2017. It will be up to the primary contact to provide these details to staff within their economy. If your economy hasn’t received this information, please contact the Secretariat so we can check we have the correct details for the primary contact for your economy.
Joint Guide 1 – National Metrological Infrastructure
We are delighted to announce Joint Guide 1 – National Metrological Infrastructure is now available our website. Congratulations and thanks in particular to Grahame Harvey (Legal Metrology expert), Abdul Rashid Bin Zainal Abdin (APMP Coordinator), Marian Haire (Chair Training Coordination WG), members of MEDEA (PTB) and all who have contributed to developing this valuable Guide.
Approving Guide and Administrative Documents
A draft process for approving guide documents and administrative documents was agreed at the 23rd APLMF forum.
We have 2 guide documents and a number of administrative documents for consultation and acceptance and we are taking a planned approach to releasing these to members using the approval structure. The primary contact for each full member economy was sent an email on 24 March 2017 with details. The first document for review and feedback is APLMF Guide 7 – Verification of Fuel Dispensers. As per the approval process, the period of time for members to give feedback is 3 months, so the deadline for this guide document is 30 June 2017.
Test Procedure Survey – 2016 Training Courses
The success of APLMF is due to the contributions of many people and it was a pleasure to have so many nominations to consider at the 23rd APLMF meeting. Congratulations to those individuals listed below who have been officially recognised. Certificates will be presented at appropriate events over the coming months.
Distinguished Service Award
Certificates of Appreciation
For significant contribution to improving metrology within the Asia Pacific region through leadership of the Metrology Enabling Developing Economies in Asia (MEDEA) project.
All APLMF awards can be found on our website here.
APEC and SRB meeting – February 2017
The APEC SRB Forum met on 19 February 2017 before the SCSC meeting on the 20th and 21st. The meeting focused on the work programme and in particular our internal governance structure and how we operate. We did this to identify how we can increase our effectiveness and strengthen our ability to support APEC activities. We also provisionally approved the Principles and Procedures governance document. The final step is for individual SRB governance groups to sign them off. One of the key outcomes of this will be the ability to appoint the SRB Convenor on a three year term. We also reviewed and endorsed The Terms of Reference for the role of the SCSC SRB Shepherd.
To increase effectiveness of the SRB’s we agreed to undertake a review of the APEC Blueprint, priorities and work programme to identify the areas where each agencies specialist knowledge and capability can most effectively support APEC. The individual reviews will be completed by May and will enable the SRB forum to more effectively plan and coordinate its activities. We are working closely with the SCSC SRB Shepherd to develop a show case event in association with SOM3 in August 2017. I hope to be able to tell you more about the outcomes of this review and our show case event in future newsletters.
Training for 2017
Please refer to our website which is updated as new information comes to hand.
Please note registrations for the Joint APLMF/APMP Workshop – Modernising National Metrology Infrastructure being held in Malaysia 22-23 May closes 3 April 2017.
Please note registrations for the Verification of Bulk Flow Meters for Petrol and Diesel being held in Thailand 24-27 July closes 28 April 2017.
New Chair for the Working Group on Medical Measurement
Please note Ms Suh-Chyin CHUNG the current Chair of this Working Group retired in late January. On behalf of our members, we thank Ms CHUNG for her contribution to this working group and wish her well in her retirement.
We welcome Mr Chung-Lin WANG who has been appointed as the new chair of this Working Group. Mr WANG is the Deputy Director General, Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI), Ministry of Economic Affairs and has 25 years’ experience in metrology.
Farewell to Mr Kevin GUDMUNDSSON, Secretariat’s Technical Expert, New Zealand’s APLMF representative and Pre-packaged Goods Working Group Chair
Kevin who has been with Trading Standards since July 2009 and has been an active member of APLMF since 2013, will be taking up a role with New Zealand’s National Measurement Institute, Measurement Standards Laboratory, as the Manager for Length and Mass Quantities. Kevin will be sadly missed but we are pleased he will remain part of the measurement community. In his time he has delivered a packaged goods training workshop in Indonesia; assisted in setting up the Secretariat in NZ, where he has made a significant contribution to the website; test procedure surveys, guide documents, e-learning modules; and even found time to assist in the Secretariat’s duties at the recent Forum meeting in Japan.
The Secretariat wishes Kevin the best of luck in his new role.
Kevin’s new email address is email@example.com
Invoices for APLMF Membership Fees
Invoices for 2017 were sent to the primary contact for each member economy in December 2016. Please contact the Secretariat if you have not received an invoice for your economy.
At the APLMF meeting in Japan in 2016, it was suggested and agreed that member economies contribute to future newsletters with a short article of interest and that we have a roster. As this was a great suggestion from Australia, I propose we start at the A’s and invite the following economies to submit their articles for this 2017.
Australasian Measurement Conference - MSA2017 - 'Realising the value of metrology' Brisbane - 12-14 Sep 2017
The 2017 Australasian Measurement Conference (MSA2017) is being held from 12-14 September in Brisbane, Australia. This years conference will focus on 'Realising the Value of Metrology'.
A call for papers relating to the theme is now open, you can find more about this here.
You can also find more information about the theme, the programme and all the key dates on the Metrology Society of Australasia website.
Trainers Report on Training Course on Verification of Calibration of CNG Dispensers held in Malaysia, September 2015 was hosted by National Institute of Malaysia and Ministry of Trade, Consumerism & Cooperative of Malaysia.
Final Report from Train the Trainer Course on the Verification of Non-automatic Weighing Instruments now available
In late 2016 in Kuala Lumper, Malaysia the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (MDTCC), and National Metrology Institute, Malaysia (NMIM) hosted a Train the Trainer Course on the Verification of Non-automatic Weighing Instruments. This course was run by the APLMF in conjunction with the PTB as part of the MEDEA Projet.
The final report from this course has now been published on the MEDEA page of our website. You can find the report under the "APLMF 1: 2016 Fundamental and Advances Courses in Legal Metrology" section of the page.
Dear APMF Members and colleagues
On behalf of the Secretariat, I would like to wish you all greetings for the holiday season and best wishes for 2017.
As 2016 draws to a close, I would like to reflect on New Zealand’s first year of responsibility for the APLMF Secretariat and Presidency.
Top of mind is the recent 23rd Asia-Pacific Legal Metrology Forum and Working Group Meetings held in Tokyo, Japan 23-25 November.
23rd Asia-Pacific Legal Metrology Forum and Working Group Meetings
This year’s meetings hosted by National Metrology Institute of Japan (NMIJ) and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) were an outstanding success. We greatly appreciated our gracious hosts, whose preparation and thought into every detail made this Forum a memorable one. We were presented with beautiful bags and origami crane which is a bird of peace. The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) actively supports people with intellectual disabilities and pervasive developmental disorders and has formed a team with the important goal of promoting. This team made the bags we all received out of colourful newspapers which I think makes them all the more special. We were also presented with a gift of a traditional Tenugui, which is a piece of dyed cloth, which has many uses.
The meetings were held in the AIST building on Tokyo’s Waterfront, set in a tree-lined avenue, affording stunning 360 degree views of Tokyo Harbour, the city scape and a peek at Mt Fuji, which were enjoyed by all during the refreshment breaks throughout the meetings. Tokyo put on a range of weather conditions from warm autumn sunshine to snow (a first in November for 54 years) and a 7.4 earthquake just to keep us on our toes. Having just suffered a spate of strong quakes in NZ we were impressed by Japan’s infrastructure which didn’t miss a beat.
While we had a very full programme of presentations and discussions, it is always the opportunity to meet or reconnect with our colleagues from legal metrology organisations throughout the Asia-Pacific Region that provide such valuable networks. It was very pleasing to have 16 of our 19 Full Member Economies attend, along with our guests from APMP, BIML and PTB, corresponding members from Russia and observers from India.
NMIJ and METI hosted a welcome dinner at the Observatory on the 21st floor of the Telecom Centre Building, just a short walk from the AIST offices. Again we enjoyed magnificent views and Chieko, Yuka and Noriko wore traditional Japanese kimono which was a treat for us all.
The APLMF farewell dinner was held at Shoutoen-Sakura a 45 minute bus ride. The venue overlooked the grounds of an ancient monastery, over 700 years old. We were able to view the gardens which were beautifully lit up. The gardens are only opened to the public once a year in September, so a very special place. We were treated to traditional Japanese food and were entertained by two Japanese harpists.
The Technical Tour of Tatsuno Corporation in Yokohama was well attended and was another highlight of the meeting. We thank the staff of Tatsuno Corporation who were so generous with their time and provided an interesting and informative tour of their facility. Some members also got to drive the Hydrogen powered car.
Presentations and reports from the meeting are currently available on the meeting webpage. This webpage also has copies of draft documents discussed at the meeting including the draft APLMF Strategic plan and initial discussion papers on a potential new fee structure and new working group guidelines. The Economy and Working Group Reports and the agreed APLMF Secretariat 2017 Work Programme and APLMF 23rd Meeting Resolutions are also on this meeting webpage.
If you weren’t able to attend the meeting, or haven’t yet had a chance to read the wealth of interesting information on the meeting webpage, we would encourage you to do so over the coming weeks. A video presentation, which will walk you through the highlights of the meeting will be available on our website at the end of January. This will be followed by the draft meeting minutes which we are aiming to get to you in February.
A warm thanks to Yoshi and his team as well as the Secretariat team on the ground in Japan and those supporting us from home in NZ.
2016 Secretariat Activities
Since formally taking over the responsibility for APLMF at the meeting in Hawaii in 2015, we have focussed our resources on setting up a Secretariat administrative base that is easily transferred to future economies and we have worked closely with MEDEA to fine tune our support for their training courses to ensure enduring benefits to the economies who attend. To read more about what we have been doing over the last 12 months go to our 2016 Secretariat Activity Report.
Training for 2017
With MEDEA’s support we bring you a full programme of Training for 2017; details will be added to the website as they come to hand:
Subject: Joint APMP/APLMF Workshop Benefits of Metrology
Subject: Verification of Bulk Flow Meters for Petrol and Diesel
Subject: Verification of Weighbridges
Subject: Verification and Pattern Approval of Water Meters
Subject: Verification of Rice Moisture Measure Meters
Subject: Online training based on survey results
Invoices for APLMF Membership Fees
For 2017 will be sent to the primary contact for each member economy in the coming days, before the end of 2016.
Following on from the 23rd APLMF, as detailed in the meeting resolutions, the Secretariat will be developing and sending to APLMF members a number of discussion documents for your consideration and comment. These documents will be staggered in timing and give members a 3 month time frame for response to facilitate your comment and input. You will be sent further information once it is available.
We would very much like to include articles of interest from our members in our newsletters so we are inviting members to submit short articles that we can include in our newsletters or post to our website. Please send any ideas or articles to the APLMF Secretariat.
24th Asia-Pacific Legal Metrology Forum and Working Group Meetings
Exciting news! We have just been advised by our hosts in Cambodia, that our meeting in 2017 will be held in the beautiful and historic city of Siem Reap. We will keep you updated as details and dates are firmed up early in the New Year.
As part of the MEDEA Project earlier this year the APLMF in conjunction with the PTB ran a training course on mass standards in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The final report from training course is now complete and is available for reading. You can download the report from the '2016 Fundamental and Advances Courses in Legal Metrology' section of our MEDEA page.
Please find attached Issue 2 of the PAC Newsletter for 2016 for your information.
I am pleased to update you on APLMF activities since our last Newsletter (May 2016).
23rd APLMF Meeting, November 2016, Japan – Registrations open
This year’s meeting is being hosted by Japan at their AIST offices, Tokyo Waterfront, 23 – 25 November 2016. Invitations have been sent to full members, corresponding members and related international and regional organisations on 20th July and the webpages for the meeting are now live www.aplmf.org/japan2016
Online registrations close 20th October. However, those economies requiring visa support will need to register before 31 August. A draft programme is also now posted on the website.
Economy Reports - New approach
We are trialling a new approach for Economy Reports for this year's APLMF meeting in Tokyo. The new report reflects the ideas you developed in Hawaii last year on how to improve processes for our annual meetings.
We are asking all members to prepare their economy report and submit it to the Secretariat by 20 October 2016 (one month before we meet in Tokyo). This will enable members to review your economy report before the meeting and allow you to deliver a shorter presentation that focuses on the highlights in your report.
We also hope that if members can review material early, we can have a more engaging discussion with the audience on the issues you raise in your presentation.
We have developed a template for economy reports, which will be uploaded to the APLMF meeting website page, together with an example of the 2015 New Zealand economy report in the new format, so you can see the style of report we think would be useful to fellow members.
As part of the Metrology Enabling Developing Economies in Asia (MEDEA) project, APLMF and APMP have run a number of successful training programmes to support developing economies. This year APLMF and MEDEA are running three courses:
We would like to formally thank the course hosts from Thailand, Mr Sakchai Hasamin and Ms Khemsai Rahannok who were very professional and supportive throughout the event. The course was opened by Mr Sunchat Sinrat, Deputy Director General, from the Department of Internal Trade.
The training was overseen by Brad Larter from Australia and he was supported by Mr Samrach Muy (Cambodia), Mr Jose Marco Latosa (Philippines) Mr Nopporn Choopol and Mr Pisakorn Pisankul from Thailand who were themselves students of a similar course conducted last year.
Over 30 applications were received by PTB for this course and 19 participants were selected from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.
APLMF - Instrument Bank Success – thanks to NMIA and MEDEA
NMIA Australia donated surplus equipment from one of their legal metrology standards laboratories. Some 40 items including conical measures, mass standard sets, hydrometers and measuring cylinders were made available.
Within the framework of the MEDEA (Metrology Enabling Developing Economies in Asia) project an instrument bank has been developed that supports the allocation and transfer of equipment to economies that could benefit from its use, providing financial assistance to transport the items.
A good response was received and packages of equipment are being sent to Cambodia (NMC), Mongolia (MASM), Myanmar (DRI), Pakistan (PSQCA) and Papua New Guinea (NISIT). APLMF, NMIA and MEDEA are delighted that collectively we have been able to facilitate the transfer of these items which will significantly enhance these economies in their endeavours to improve their legal metrology activities.
If in future your economy has excess equipment that is no longer required, please contact the APLMF Secretariat and we will consult with the MEDEA Co-ordination Committee to see if it is suitable for inclusion in the Instrument Bank.
APLMF Survey on Test Procedures
Five surveys were developed on test procedures covered in MEDEA training delivered in 2015 and were sent to full member economies in early June, with a follow up in July.
Thanks to all those members who completed the surveys. Ideally, we would like closer to a 100% response rate to provide us with an accurate picture of the issues for our member economies, so we can plan to provide effective training resources in the future.
We would greatly appreciate your support in completing the surveys in the next few weeks. The Secretariat will collate your responses to provide to the MEDEA project, managed by Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ). PTB will use the information to further the MEDEA project aims:
Survey on Medical Device Adverse Event Reports
On behalf of the Working Group on Medical Measurements Chair, Ms Suh-chyin Chuang, the Secretariat sent out the survey on 13 July 2016. The survey is collecting information about medical device adverse event reports in your economy. If you have not already done so, can you please complete and return the survey to firstname.lastname@example.org by 20th August. We encourage you to submit your completed survey as it will greatly assist in developing the future work programme of this APLMF Working Group.
Raising Awareness of Metrology
The work to develop a joint APMP and APLMF web-portal to support the development, sharing and use of information resources to raise awareness of the importance and benefits of metrology systems has begun. We have contracted a company who are framing up the design for the portal, which we will test with participants at this year’s meeting in Tokyo.
As noted in the last newsletter, we are asking members to contribute information/resources you have developed which could be shared on this portal. This could include pamphlets you have developed to inform industry about weights and measures programmes, or information for consumers on measurement, or work that you have undertaken to estimate the economic value of your metrology programmes.
It is expected that the portal will go live early in 2017, but we would like to start developing the content, as this will assist in ensuring we have the right design. The new Guide on National Metrological Infrastructure for Developing Economies (jointly being developed by APLMF/APMP/PBT) will form a key component for the portal, but we are looking to provide a wide variety and mix of information. Please forward to the Secretariat any information/material or resources which could be added to the portal.
Our work on building awareness of metrology also aims to pull together and document case studies of metrology ‘best practice’ and we would be interested in hearing from any members that have undertaken work to promote better understanding of metrology (for example, a programme of increased inspection in a region, or a joint industry-government publicity campaign in an industry sector).
APEC Specialist Regional Bodies (SRBs)
Meeting Sydney 22 July
The representatives from the five APEC Specialist Regional Bodies (APMP, APLMF, APLAC, PAC and PASC) came together last month to develop a strategic direction for the SRB Forum and to discuss the principles and procedures for how the SRB Forum will work.
The SRB Forum was established in 2007 to bring together the five SRBs in order to work with the APEC Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance and other related bodies that help reduce the negative effects that differing standards and conformance arrangements have on trade and investment in the APEC region and promote alignment of member economies with international standards. The SRB Forum provides specialist and technical input to the Sub-committee and APEC’s projects on standards and conformance.
All SRBs are committed to improving the way in which we work with one another in the SRB Forum so that we can better support the APEC goals in relation to standards and conformance. A key aspect for discussion was the role and responsibilities of the SRB Convenor (who liaises and coordinates the SRBs), the SRB Shepherd (who provides the linkage between the SRB Convenor and APEC fora) and the SRB members (who provide the specialist support and link into APEC projects).
Good progress was made at the meeting, hosted by the current SRB Shepherd, Nicole Henry, Manager Trade Facilitation, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Australia. A better functioning SRB Forum will enhance how APLMF works with other SRBs as well as improving our interaction with APEC, and we hope that the procedures will be in place in the next few months.
Improving APLMF’s Infrastructure - Website, Google, Member directories
‘Members Only’ section update
The Members Only section of the APLMF website is still under construction, but we will shortly be adding content on which we are seeking feedback from members:
As soon as we have the Members Only section operational (in the not too distant future) we will send you logon details.
Google Drive was used for the first time for at the recent Verification of Fuel Dispensers training course. A folder was set up for the course. Trainers were given access to upload training material and asked to do this two weeks prior to the course. PTB sent out their instructions to participants with a link to the training materials. This provided them with an opportunity to read material pre-course. Feedback indicates that most participants took advantage of this and found it beneficial.
At the 22nd APLMF meeting (Hawaii, October 2015), it was agreed the member directories are a very useful source of information. These can be found on the APLMF Website under the ‘About APLMF’ tab. Most economy directories were last updated in 2003 or 2006. The Secretariat wrote to all full members in early February 2016 requesting any updates to their directory and a number of you have provided updated directories which are available on the website. If you haven’t provided your updated directory yet, we would encourage you to do so at your earliest convenience.
Please contact us if you have any questions about your directory.
2016 Member Fees
A reminder that 2016 membership fees are due by 30th September. The Secretariat will be sending out a reminder to those economies who have not yet paid in early August.
Other key events
2016 FLOMEKO Conference, September 2016, Australia
The 17th International Flow Measurement Conference will be held in Sydney, 26-29 September 2016. The conference is being hosted by the Metrology Society of Australasia and will bring together experts in flow and volume measurements from industry, metrology laboratories and national measurement institutes from all over the world. Registrations are open.
If a letter of invitation is required for this event, please contact Khaled Chahine.
OIML Pilot Training Centre
In addition to the MEDEA training courses, the PR China have worked with the International Organisation of Legal Metrology (OIML) to develop an OIML Pilot Training Centre and organised two events in 2016 aimed at strengthening legal metrology capability: