At its meeting in October 2016, the International Committee of Legal Metrology (CIML) decided that the existing OIML Certification Systems will be replaced by a new single Certification System (OIML-CS) on 1 January 2018. The consequence is that after 1 January 2018 both OIML MAA Certificates and Basic Certificates will no longer be issued – instead, OIML-CS Certificates will be issued.
This change will affect all stakeholders: manufacturers, Issuing Participants under the MAA, Issuing Authorities under the Basic System, Utilizers and users of OIML MAA and Basic Certificates. Therefore a one-day seminar on the new OIML-CS is planned on 15 June 2017.
Information on the seminar, including how to register, can be found here.
The 20th of May will mark this years World Metrology Day. The theme this year is 'Measurements for transport'. This theme was chosen because transport plays such a key role in the modern world. We not only move ourselves, but also the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the goods we use and rely on, not forgetting the raw materials they are made from. Doing so safely, efficiently and with minimal environmental impact requires an astonishing range of measurements.
World Metrology Day is an annual celebration of the signature of the Metre Convention on 20 May 1875 by representatives of seventeen nations. The Convention set the framework for global collaboration in the science of measurement and in its industrial, commercial and societal applications. The original aim of the Metre Convention - the world-wide uniformity of measurement - remains as important today as it was in 1875.
You can learn more about World Metrology Day on the joint BIPM & OIML website.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.