BANGKOK, 2 November 2018 – ASEAN representatives participated in the “ASEAN Proficiency Testing (PT) training workshop on ISO/IEC 17043: 2010 (E)” on 1-3 October in Bangkok, Thailand.  About 40 participants from six Product Working Groups (PWGs) under the ASEAN Consultative Committee for Standards and Quality (ACCSQ) participated in the workshop.

The workshop aimed at training potential PT providers on the requirements of ISO/IEC 17043 in order to establish a system that is in compliance with the requirement of ISO standards. It was designed for various PWGs under the ACCSQ to participate. In addition to the participation of the representatives from eight Member States from Rubber Product Working Group (RBPWG), representatives from ASEAN Cosmetic Committee, ASEAN Medical Device Committee, Joint Sectoral Committee for Electrical and Electronic Equipment (JSC EEE); Prepared Foodstuff Product Working Group; and Traditional Medicine and Health Supplier Product Working Group also attended the workshop.

Through the workshop, participants learned the requirements of ISO/IEC 17043 through topics including the design and planning of PT Schemes, statistical design and assigned values, preparation and handling test materials, assessment of homogeneity and stability, data analysis and reporting.

One of the representatives from RBPWG Philippines, Rose Marie Salazar, said “it has been an interesting training, because we are not a PT Provider, we just participate in PT programs. Attending this training has given me an eye opener of what the PT Provider has to go through and all the quality control it has to prepareso as to ensure that the PT programme is really of high quality  adhering to international standard ISO/IEC 17043”.

Mao Thira, representative from JSC EEE, said that the workshop has facilitated information sharing among the participants. “This is my first time attending a workshop on ISO/IEC 17043 and this workshop is very important for us especially because we can obtain knowledge from the expert and at the same time we can share this knowledge with representatives from other Member States,” Thira elaborated. “I hope this kind of training will be continued,” she added.

The three-day workshop included a site visit to one of Thailand’s laboratories which has been accredited to ISO/IEC 17043:2010, the Centre for Laboratory Proficiency Testing, under the Department of Science Service, Ministry of Science and Technology, Thailand. The site visit allowed the participants to have a close-look at the flow of PT Provider’s activities, in addition to the theory they have obtained during the workshop.

The workshop was funded by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund and coordinated by National Metal and Materials Technology Center which is under the purview of the National Science and Technology Development Agency, Thailand.