MoU between UNIDO, BIPM and the OIML
On 3 December 2008, the OIML, the International Bureau
of Weights and Measure (BIPM), and the United Nations Industrial Development
Organization (UNIDO) agreed to establish a strategic partnership on metrology
by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The aim of the partnership is to enhance the impact of
industrial development on economic growth and to minimize technical barriers
to trade (TBT) which are still a major obstacle to exports from developing
countries and countries with economies in transition.
The MoU was signed by UNIDO's Director-General, Kandeh
Yumkella, CIML President Alan Johnston and BIPM Director Andrew Wallard.
The new partners agreed to join forces to help developing countries integrate
more beneficially into the global economy. During the signature event,
concrete technical areas of cooperation were discussed. These areas -
such as the establishment of training guides to assist developing countries
overcome metrology, and legal metrology issues at the laboratory level
- will provide the springboard to launch the cooperation.
The MoU will ensure that:
- the OIML's worldwide technical structure which provides
its Members with metrological guidelines for the development of national
and regional requirements concerning the assessment and use of measuring
instruments in legal metrology applications;
- the BIPM's expertise in scientific metrology which provides the basis
for a single, coherent system of measurements throughout the world, traceable
to the International System of Units (SI); and
- UNIDO's significant experience and a large portfolio of ongoing projects
in the area of standards, metrology, testing, certification and accreditation
are used in the best way possible to ensure the better
implementation of capacity building activities in standards and conformity,
as well as compliance with sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures.
It will also optimize UNIDO's delivery of trade capacity building technical
assistance in metrology. This is of great importance due to UNIDO's position
as a key agency for the implementation of projects related to TBT and
SPS issues and standards and conformity capacity building.
Andrew Wallard (BIPM Director)
Kandeh Yumkella (UNIDO Director-General)
Alan E. Johnston (CIML President, 2006-2011)