From 29 September to 3rd October British expert David Norris worked with the State Committee for Standardization, Metrology and Patent of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SCSMP) providing advice and training on the sales of standards and the rules under which SCSMP may provide International and European Standards for use in Azerbaijan.
The use of International and European Standards is considered by EU and WTO as a necessity for the updating of practices and products, enabling businesses to develop products that are suitable for wider markets. The European Approach in particular supports the free trading of products within the European Union and with trading partners that wish to trade with the EU.
The International and European Organizations for standardization aim to keep their standards updated, to ensure that they fulfil wider market needs, encouraging the adoption of up to date practices.
As Azerbaijan’s National Standardization Body, SCSMP is the Azerbaijani member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the European Standardization Body (CEN). Membership of these organizations gives SCSMP the rights for its industries and other stakeholders to be represented in the shaping of European and International Standards and the right to publish European and International Standards in Azerbaijan.
This mission formed the final part of a series of activities that aims to enable SCSMP to modernise its approach to the sale of standards, and ensure that their procedures and practices follow those required of ISO and CEN members.
The activity was part of the EU funded twinning project between SCSMP and European Standards Bodies from the UK (BSI), France (AFNOR) and the Slovenian Institute of Quality and Metrology (SIQ). The overall project aims to support the development of a modern system of standardization and technical regulations in Azerbaijan that complies with European requirements and the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement enabling Azerbaijan to:
· “Work towards WTO accession on commercially viable terms;”
· “Strengthen the institutions in charge of standardization, accreditation, conformity assessment, … (and) integrate them to the extent possible within European and international structures”
· “Move toward EU and international legislative and administrative practices for technical regulations, standards and conformity assessment.“
· “Simplify procedures of conformity assessment of industrial products, with the aim of avoiding compulsory certification of low risk products and repeat testing”