Conference ACCSQ 55: Actively promoting asean integration process on standard, metrology and quality
On June 15-17, 2021, the 55th Meeting of the ASEAN Advisory Committee on Standards and Quality (ACCSQ) and related sessions took place.
Due to the impact of covid-19, ACCSQ 55 conference is still held online. The Delegation of Vietnam attended the conference at the bridge points with representatives of the Directorate for Standards, Measurement and Quality (GDVT) and relevant ministries such as the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Construction.
This conference saw the transfer of the role of ACCSQ President from Vietnam to Brunei Darussalam and ACCSQ Vice President from Brunei Darussalam to Cambodia. Speaking at the transfer ceremony, Ms. Vu Thi Tu Quyen, Deputy Director General of The Department of International Cooperation, GDVT thanked the Vice President of Brunei Darussalam, ACCSQ colleagues in ASEAN as well as in Vietnam and the ASEAN Secretariat for their enthusiastic support for Vietnam to successfully complete the past term with many difficulties and challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The conference continued to discuss the direction of implementation of the ACCSQ’s key tasks in 2021 such as the completion of the signing of the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Mutual Recognition Agreement (AFA MRA) and ASEAN MRA on Building Materials (MRA BCM); signing the ASEAN Agreement on the legal framework for traditional medicine and functional foods; reviewing and expanding the SCOPE OF MRA in GMP including pharmaceutical substances (APIs) and biological drugs; sign the ASEAN Agreement on Food Safety Legal Framework (AFSRF); develop training programs and train a number of experts to implement MRA on processed foods; and review and update ASEAN’s Guidance on Standard Harmony. The conference also discussed circular 32/2018/TT-BYT of the Ministry of Health regarding drug registration dossiers.
During the three-day meeting, ASEAN countries will discuss issues related to standards and assess the suitness of ASEAN Free Trade Agreements and discuss cooperation programs with dialogue partners such as ISO, EU, PTB and the United States.
Vietnam’s achievements during the ACCSQ Presidency 2020 – 2021
During the difficult and challenging covid-19 epidemic, countries around the world closed their borders, implemented blockades and social distancing, so all activities of international and regional organizations, including ACCSQ, were held online and exchanged via email. During the 2020-2021 term alone, Viet Nam as ACCSQ Chairman has chaired 06 ACCSQ conferences and online meetings including: 02 ACCSQ 53 and 54 conferences, 03 negotiation sessions, a unified AFA MRA content and 01 new priority sector-defining session of ACCSQ. In addition, Vietnam also participated in reports and discussions at about 20 online conferences of relevant asean agencies such as the ASEAN Summit of Senior Economic Officials (SEOM), the ASEAN Trade Favourability Committee (ATF-JCC) and many conferences in other forums… In a complex and volatile context, with the enthusiastic efforts and support of the ASEAN Secretariat and its ACCSQ colleagues at home and abroad, Vietnam, which is chaired by GDVT, has shown its ability to coordinate and lead accsq to achieve many important objectives such as :
– Complete the MRA signing of motor vehicle type certification (APMRA);
– Unified AFA MRA and MRA BCM after years of negotiations;
– Through the operation program of accsq’s Digital Trade Conformity Assessment and Standards Working Group (DTSCWG);
– Approval of ASEAN Directive on Medical Devices (AMDD);
– Collaborate with the Asian Productivity Organization (APO) to successfully implement the ASEAN Initiative 2020 on building roadmaps and solutions to promote smart manufacturing in ASEAN. This is one of 13 ASEAN Economic Priority Initiatives 2020 of Vietnam proposed and chaired by the Ministry of Science and Technology, in coordination with ACCSQ and APO to implement. The results of the initiative were approved by SEOM in January 2021.
In the context of the pandemic, the role of standards and conformity assessment is increasingly appreciated and included on the agenda of many international organizations such as the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the EU. Adapting to the new situation, international standards organizations such as ISO, the International Electro-Electrical Engineering Commission (IEC), the European Standardization Agency (CEN) and national standardization agencies around the world have provided free standards for personal protective equipment (PPE) , supporting businesses to ensure business goals and sustainable development, thereby helping the government to be aware of the role of standards and assess conformity