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The first industry forum “STANDARDIZATION-2019” started in Russia

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ST. PETERSBURG, October 10, 2019 – The role, key challenges and tasks of international standardization were discussed at the first national standardization forum 2019 in St. Petersburg. Leading Russian and international experts, heads of national standardization bodies, representatives of business and public associations gathered at the site.

“The forum will become the starting point for the annual event. We should be able to meet for discussing concern issues, tasks and best practices of international, regional and national standardization,” said the moderator of the plenary meeting of the forum, Head of Rosstandart Alexey Abramov, in his welcoming speech.

Recall that the forum "Standardization-2019" was organized by STANDARTINFORM with the support of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and the national standardization body, the Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology (Rosstandart).

The role of standardization in the national and global economy has been a red thread in the expert discussion. As noted by a member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, deputy chairman of the Union of Mechanical Engineers of Russia Boris Aleshin, standardization is the main ideological engine of the industry: “You can prove to the customer that your products are the best in many ways. But the whole progressive world is moving towards standardization. When compliance with the standard guarantees high product quality and competitiveness. Underestimation of standardization in the economy leads to its stagnation. "

The event was attended by the elected president of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for 2020–2021, Edward Nyoroge, outlining the four key vectors of ISO work in the coming years. This is, firstly, the search for a solution how, using standards, to equalize the global imbalance in trade. Secondly, it is the use of standards for the industrial revolution, especially in new digital industries. Also known is the thesis about the widespread use of international ISO standards, but no less important, according to Edward Nyoroge, is an analysis of the practice of their application. “And finally, the active involvement of developing countries in the development of standards is necessary,” added the elected head of ISO.

As noted by Alexei Abramov, in today's conditions, ISO is a cementing element that allows you to maintain balance in the world. This opinion is shared by the President of the Slovenian Institute of Standards Bogdan Topić: “One of the main challenges of recent years for standardization is the challenge of a trade war. And all members of ISO and IEC must support international standardization to prevent this war. In addition to their national members, the role of regional organizations is important here. ”

The business view of standardization processes was voiced by John Pace, vice president of the American Society for Testing and Materials. The key challenges, in his opinion, today are disputes over costs and a misunderstanding of the value of the standard, copyright infringement and illegal translations of standards, the complexity of procedures for harmonizing and accepting documents. It is possible to overcome these challenges only through partnership and communication of all members of international standardization organizations, as well as the involvement of new participants in the development of standards.

Andrey Lotsmanov, First Deputy Chairman of the RSPP Committee on Technical Regulation, Standardization and Conformity Assessment, Albert Babayan, Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Investment of the Republic of Armenia, Heads and Representatives of National Standardization Bodies of Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Moldova, shared their views on the development of international standardization,

Gu Bao Tzong, deputy head of the State Administration for Standardization of the People's Republic of China, spoke about future steps in Chinese-Russian cooperation. First of all, this is a joint work on standardization in civil aviation, the electric power industry, the oil and gas complex, and agriculture.

The forum also included open sessions on, in particular, the professional competencies of “standardizing the future” and standardization and certification tools for developing small businesses and ensuring the quality of public procurement.

The full program of the Forum, as well as recordings of live broadcasts of the plenary session and open sessions, can be found on the event website.

(Using photographs of the Presidential library named after Boris Yeltsin)

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