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Metrology-Enabling Developing Economies in Asia (MEDEA)

Economic development in Asia is characterized by the rapid growth of some economies and the emergence of new economic areas. Especially the less developed economies are confronted with the challenge to meet the increasing quality requirements of regional and global markets. At the same time, the pressure to harmonize their technical regulations with international standards is growing. For example, this is the case with the WTO agreements on technical barriers to trade (TBT) and on the application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS). Both trends underline the need to establish an internationally recognized quality infrastructure (QI).

In this context, metrology is of particular importance, because it forms the basis for all conformity assessment procedures. The lack of access to internationally recognized metrology services in the developing economies in Asia particularly reduces the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises, as they are not in a position –unlike large companies– to make use of service providers abroad, or to build up their own laboratory structure.

The networks of APMP (Asia Pacific Metrology Program) and APLMF (Asia-Pacific Legal Metrology Forum) assume crucial functions regarding the development of metrology in the developing economies of the region. An active participation in these networks is of considerable importance in order to keep up with the latest developments and to ensure internationally recognized certification procedures, especially for developing economies with limited bilateral specialist contacts. APMP and APLMF can significantly contribute to the development, harmonization and international recognition of the national metrology systems (potential) by providing specific offers for National Metrology Institutes (NMIs) and Legal Metrology Authorities (LMAs) in the developing economies in Asia.