What stands out the most in the new law, which was drafted with the support of specialists from the Institute of Metrology of Germany, is the creation of the Quality Institute, forcing the state to allocate funds for the development of metrology, accreditation and standardization mechanisms.
According to Laprensahn.com: "Virgilio Umanzor, president of the National Competitiveness Commission, stressed that adoption of this law will strengthen SMEs to respond with quality products in the local market in the face of the entry of new competitors, ensuring consumer protection. Article 1 of the Law states that “the necessary infrastructure for quality development and demonstration in order to promote the competitiveness of domestic firms is established, providing confidence in the transaction of goods and services."
Currently, only 84 companies are ISO 9001 certified in Honduras.
On May 12 and 13 a conference on quality management will be held in San Jose which will focus on the sectors of health and safety.
From a statement issued by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry:
San Jose April 28, 2016. The Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce (MEIC), as rector of the National Council for Quality and technical bodies made up of: the National Agency for Standardization (INTECO), the Technical Regulation Body (ORT), the Costa Rican Metrology Laboratory (LACOMET) and the Costa Rican Accreditation Entity (ECA), is promoting the First International Conference on Quality, on May 12 and 13 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Corobici.
The event will be held on August 25th and 26th in Guatemala City and will deal with issues related to quality systems and accessing markets with GlobalGAP certifications.
From a statement issued by the Guatemalan Exporters Association (Agexport):
Managing occupational risks, voluntary agreements for improving the environmental services, and best practices for reducing costs, are some of the central issues which will be addressed at the 2014 International Congress on Quality.
Equipment donated by the European Union will enable the laboratory to be updated in order to provide metrology services adhering to international standards.
The donation to the National Metrology Center (Cenamo) includes laboratory equipment for use with fine and coarse masses, volume and flow, temperature measurement, pressure, force, power, density and viscosity, dimensional, longitudinal, time and frequency, and reference materials.
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