EU Twinning, TAIEX tools and technical assistance projects
Twinning project 2008-2010 “Strengthening of the standardization, metrology, conformity assessments and accreditation at the State Agency on Standardization, Metrology and Patents of the Republic of Azerbaijan” was carried out at the Committee. The main objectives of this project were the creation of horizontal framework for the quality infrastructure in Azerbaijan according to the requirements and guidelines of the internal EU market and World Trade Organization Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade, institutional support, establishment of laboratories. Project experts supported for the preparation of new draft laws on Technical regulation, Accreditation in the field of conformity assessment and Ensuring uniformity of measurements.
Currently Committee is a beneficiary of the Twinning project 2014-2016 “Support for the Development of a Modern System of Standardization and Technical Regulations in Azerbaijan” and continues negotiations for new Twinning projects on metrology and accreditation.
The State Committee also actively cooperates with the TAIEX instrument to get the EU assistance in the form of workshops, expert missions and study tours. İn 2012, the Committee had 2 TAIEX events (one seminar on standardization, another expert mission on ISO/IEC 17011), in 2014 2 TAIEX expert missions – one on GMO issues and another on HACCP system. In 2015, the Committee will have several TAIEXs events on CE marking and IP issues.
The Committee was one of the beneficiaries of EU Technical Assistance Project (2013-2014) “Strengthening of legislative basis and institutional building on foodstuff control including haselnut and certification of foodstuff of the Government of Azerbaijan” and the experts of the Committee took part at several training and workshops within the mentioned project.
German National Metrology Institute (PTB)
In the framework of the Twinning project “Strengthening of the standardization, metrology, conformity assessments and accreditation at the State Agency on Standardization, Metrology and Patents of the Republic of Azerbaijan” during 2008-2010, close cooperation was established with German National Metrology Institute (PTB).
As a continuation of this cooperation, the delegation of the Committee participated at the ceremony of the 125th anniversary of the PTB in March 2012, in Germany, Braunschweig and after the event had traveled to the German Standards Institute (DIN) to Berlin. Within the framework of these meetings had been discussed prospects for cooperation with the project of PTB 2011-2014 “Strengthening of the quality infrastructure in the South Caucasus”. In fall of 2012, the trip was organized for the staff of AzTest to the laboratories of Bremen, Germany.
As the continuation of this successful project, the PTB implements the new regional project “Strengthening of Food Testing and Metrology in the countries of Southern Caucasus” for 3 years (2014-2017) of which the Committee is the main beneficiary.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) supports the SCSMP through its technical assistance program for the establishment of second standard dosimetry laboratory (2012-2013) and spectrometry laboratory (2014-2015) within the State Metrology Service under the Committee.
Cooperation with Korea
Memorandum of Understanding between the State Committee on Standardization, Metrology and Patent of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Korean Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Korea was signed in June 2014. Under this MoU the expert of KIPO was dispatched to the Committee (AzPatent) for 1,5 years to support the Committee in the automation of industrial property protection system.
The SCSMP also closely cooperates with Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the experts of the Committee are sent several times to Korea to take part at the relevant trainings.
Grant Agreement on Intellectual Property Rights automation control system was signed between the State Committee for Standardization, Metrology and Patent of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea (11th October, 2011). The Republic of Korea supported the Committee within 2011-2014 by providing expert mission and trainings.
The experts of the Committe took part at the trainings on EU system, institutions, negotiations, energy, IP, IT etc. both in AZ and EN providded by the joint EU –ADA University Project for civil servants from December 2014 till April 2015.
The experts of the Committe took part several times at the different events organized within 4 years project (19.09.13-18.09.17) “National Strategy in Azerbaijan and Strengthening Food Safety by Small Production” of Oxfam International.
Cooperation on energy with the European Union, Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (INOGATE)
During the meeting with the experts of the INOGATE program which was held on 15 March, 2012 at the Committee in the framework of the INOGATE program of the European Union “INOGATE Technical Secretariat, the initiative of Baku and assistance program on integrated energy objectives of the Eastern Partnership” following a series of opportunities for cooperation in the field of standardization, especially with the adoption of special measures to support the preparation of roadmaps for the process of harmonization of the gas and electricity fields were discussed with the Committee:
- To support the preparation of legislative acts
- To support the preparation of roadmaps for the process of harmonization of the gas and electricity fields with the adoption of special measures
- To support expansion of institutional opportunities through the seminars, training and study tours
- To strengthen cooperation with CEN (European Committee for Standardization) and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) and support for active participation in international organizations.
The representative of the Committee took part at the several events held within INOGATE Program in UK and Germany.
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
In the framework of the project (2010-2012) on the competitiveness and trade of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the draft law “On Accreditation in the field of conformity assessment" has been improved, several seminars, trainings and conferences were held.
Swiss Institute for International Relations and Development (CABIR)
In the framework of the CABIR Program, employees of the Committee participated at the National Training Program on "International Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights" in June 5-7, 2012 and at the training on "Negotiation techniques" on September 18-20, 2012. And also, as the winner of the Switzerland Leadership Award 2013, the trips to the international organizations which are situated in Switzerland and Switzerland government agencies were organized for the officer of the Committee from 29th June till the 6th July, 2013.
Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)
During 2010-2011, SECO project on “Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Azerbaijan” was carried out. The joint brochure on the enforcement of IPRs in Azerbaijan was produced during the project.