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11th meeting of TC 4 “Information and Training”

On the 22-23 of October, 2014, according to the schedule of meetings of COOMET structural bodies, in Yerevan, Armenia, the 11th meeting of COOMET Technical Committee TC 4 “Information and training” was held.

The objectives of the meeting were to discuss the results of TC 4 activity during 2013–2014 and the tasks of development for 2015.

Chairpersons of TC 4 Subcommittees, TC 4 Members and their representatives from 10 СООМЕТ member-countries (Armenia, Belarus, Germany, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine) participated in the 11th meeting of TC 4 “Information and training”.

16 issues were discussed on the agenda at the meeting, including:

 

•          main results of activity of СООМЕТ ТC 4 during 2013–2014;

•          realization of Work Program of СООМЕТ ТC 4 for 2012–2014;

•          Draft Work Program of СООМЕТ ТC 4 for 2015–2017;

•          development of COOMET web-portal for distance learning, presentation of the eLerning module for standards ISO 17000 and the video course for online editors of COOMET web portal;

•          needs of NMIs of СООМЕТ member-countries in education and practical training;

•          CООМЕТ logo;

•          preliminary results of the PTB-COOMET Project "Support of the Regional Cooperation between Member-Countries of the RMO COOMET" and the discussion of possible topics that are of common interest for the future Project;

•          election of the TC 4 Chairperson.

The detailed information about the implementation of decisions of the 10th meeting of ТC 4 and realization of Work Program of СООМЕТ ТC 4 for 2012–2014 was given at the meeting, as well as about the decisions made during the 18th meeting of СООМЕТ President’s Council and the 24th meeting of СООМЕТ Committee.

The Draft Work Program of СООМЕТ ТC 4 for 2015–2017 was presented to the participants of the meeting.

Within the scope of the issue on the development of COOMET web portal for the distance learning, the new module of online learning of standards ISO 17000 was presented. The first structural unit (ISO 17025 e-learning environment) is already filled with audio and video lectures, online chats and video lessons. Also, the video course for online editors of COOMET web portal was presented to the participants of the meeting.

The developed COOMET Draft Recommendation “Procedure for preparing certificates of training, study visits and upscaling within the framework of СООМЕТ” was considered at the meeting. It was decided to adopt the proposed version of the publication and recommend it for the approval at the 19th meeting of COOMET President's Council and the 25th meeting of COOMET Committee.

The participants of the meeting discussed in details the needs of NMIs of СООМЕТ member-countries in education and practical training. It was decided to conduct in 2015 the workshop on calculation of accuracy and uncertainty of measurements, the seminar within TC 2 "Legal Metrology", and the workshop within TC 4 on training on the basis of the modular approach.

During the discussion about the COOMET logo and rules of its usage, it was decided to intensify works on the development of COOMET Document on the procedure of its usage.

The decision to post the data bases “COOMET documents” and “COOMET NMIs” on COOMET web site was made at the meeting.

The preliminary results of the PTB-COOMET Project "Support of the Regional Cooperation between Member-Countries of the RMO COOMET" and the possible topics that are of common interest for the future Project were also considered at the meeting.

The identified current issues are: the conduction of workshops, e-learning; the development of the COOMET informational resources; the conduction of comparisons and increasing the number of CMC-entries of COOMET member-countries; the awareness raising of the COOMET activities; involving more countries in the COOMET work.

The election of the TC 4 Chairperson took place during the meeting. It was also proposed to enter into the structure of TC 4 the position of the TC 4 Deputy Chairperson.

By open voting it was decided unanimously:

­      to prolong the authorities of the TC 4 Chairperson P. Neyezhmakov for the following 4 years;

­      to enter into the structure of the TC 4 the position of the TC 4 Deputy Chairperson;

­      to elect the Head of the COOMET Secretariat S. Komissarov as the TC 4 Deputy Chairperson.

The workshop "Awareness Activities in COOMET Member Countries: Experiences and Recommendations" was held on 23 October within the 11th meeting of COOMET TC4.

The purpose of the workshop was to exchange the experience and best achievements in the awareness raising of government and industry on the necessary funding of metrological structure for national needs and to sign - if it has not been signed yet - CIPM MRA, as well as to develop the recommendations, in particular for the countries with the growing metrological infrastructure.

The participants of the workshop were divided into three groups in order to prepare the proposals on the awareness raising for the government, industry and laboratories. The objectives and expected results were identified and the plans for preparation and holding the activities on informing the relevant target groups were developed.

In recent years, activities within TC 4 “Information and Training” took new forms. The Technical Committee covers such directions as: assistance in developing the basis of metrological infrastructure; COOMET informational resources; upscaling and work with young metrologists. A promising area of activity is the development of programs and courses for distance learning.

Management of this TC and participation in its work allow representatives of Ukraine to influence on the development of COOMET in general and metrological infrastructure of the countries of Central Asia and the South Caucasus in particular.