TÜBİTAK UME hosted the 5th Annual Meeting of the Standards and Metrology Institute for the Islamic Countries (SMIIC) Metrology Council on 18-19 April 2018 in Istanbul.
23 participants from 10 member countries, Burkina Faso, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq, Iran, Libya, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Uganda, the Northern Republic of Cyprus, and Turkey, participated in the meeting.
Future plans for joint development of the metrology infrastructure of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries, joint project opportunities and possible solutions to problems encountered in these areas were addressed at the meeting. Additionally the current situation in the field of scientific, industrial and legal metrology of Muslim countries was also discussed.
TUBITAK UME's reference material production used in halal food certification and other projects, publications and studies on the subject were presented to the participants in the meeting, in which halal food and halal goods production activities were also discussed. Additionally, information on the latest developments and recent studies in the field of legal metrology were also shared with the participants.
Quality management systems and revised ISO 17025, developments in the field of metrology in member countries, analysis of current infrastructure, needs and planning, establishment of internationally recognized laboratories and 2018-2020 Strategy Plan were among the additional topics on the agenda.
The Secretary of the Committee also provided information on the process of applying to the long-term training program to be organized by the TUBITAK UME in the context of the BIPM (International Bureau of Weights and Measures) Capacity Building and Knowledge Transfer (CBKT) programme.
SMIIC was established in 2010 within the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which aims to develop national quality infrastructures in cooperation with Islamic countries in order to eliminate the technical barriers to trade.