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21st meeting of COOMET President's Council

The 21st meeting of the COOMET President's Council was held on 8–9 November 2016 in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The tasks of the meeting were the discussion of the measures on improvement of activities of the regional metrological organization COOMET and implementation of the Arrangement "Mutual Recognition of National Standards, Calibration and Measurements Certificates issued by National Metrology Institutes" (CIPM MRA).

Members of the COOMET President’s Council, Chairpersons of COOMET Quality Forum and TC 3.1 "Quality Forum Technical Committee", representatives of National Secretariats of COOMET and other invited guests, among which the representatives of Eurasian Economic Commission took part in the work of the meeting.

17 issues of the agenda were considered as follows:

• draft of COOMET Development Program for 2017-2019;

• results of the 35th and 36th meeting of JCRB;

• results of the 51st meeting of International Committee of Legal Metrology (CIML) and Round Table of regional organizations on legal metrology (RLMO);

• results of cooperation with NCSL International and EURAMET;

• set of questions, related to CIPM MRA realization;

• the progress on peer reviews of the quality management systems (QMS) of COOMET National Metrology Institutes (NMI) and prospects of activity of the COOMET Quality Forum;

• results of the meetings of TC 2 "Legal metrology" and TC 4 "Information and Training";

• presentation of new and updated versions of COOMET publications;

• performing VII International competition "The best young metrologist of COOMET - 2017".

COOMET Secretariat provided the detailed information on the implemention of the decisions of the 20th meeting of COOMET President’s Council. Considerable attention during the reporting period was given to the implementation of the following decisions: the intensification of activities on the preparation of data on calibration and measurement capabilities (CMC) and the conduction of regional and interregional per reviews of CMCs, creation of the COOMET comparisons database at COOMET website, performing the works on organization and carrying out the peer reviews of quality management systems in the NMIs of COOMET member-countries in 2016 as a necessary component of the implementation of CIPM MRA.

During the meeting COOMET President presented for consideration the Draft Program of COOMET development for 2017-1019. Members of President’s Council of COOMET made their notes and proposals on the Draft Program. It was decided to prepare the final variant of the Program for approval at the 27th COOMET Committee meeting.

COOMET Vice-President P.I. Neyezhmakov, responsible for cooperation with regional metrological organizations and representation in JCRB and NCSLI, provided the information on the results of the 35th and 36th meeting of JCRB and the results of cooperation with NCSLI and EURAMET. There was also presented the updated Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NCSLI and COOMET, which was signed by NCSLI President and P.I. Neyezhmakov on 25 July 2016 during the Board of Directors of NCSLI.

COOMET Vice-President, responsible for legal metrology, informed on the results of 51st CIML meeting and Round table of RLMO. The participants of the meeting discussed the plan of actions for the implementation of the decisions of these meetings.

When discussing the issues related to CIPM MRA the significant interest was paid to carrying out the comparisons of the measurement standards of National Metrology Institutes of COOMET member-countries. During the meeting, COOMET President approved the updated "Program of comparisons of the measurement standards of COOMET NMIs" for 2017.

The Information on the preparation and peer review of CMCs of COOMET NMIs and COOMET participation in the interregional peer review of CMCs of other regional metrology organizations was provided.

The Chairpersons of COOMET Quality Forum and TC 3.1 "Quality Forum Technical Committee" presented information about works on organization and performing peer reviews of quality management systems in the NMIs as a necessary component of the implementation of CIPM MRA.

During the meeting there were considered the questions of the activity of TC 2 "Legal metrology" and TC 4 "Information and Training". The Chairperson of TC 4 P. Neyezhmakov presented the detailed information about the results of 13th meeting of TC 4 and also informed about preparation for VII International competition "The best young metrologist of COOMET", which will be held on 17-18 May 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan, working language will be English involving the participation of representatives of other regional metrological organizations.

COOMET President’s Council approved and recommended for approval at the 27th COOMET Committee meeting the drafts of new COOMET publications: COOMET Recommendations "Metrological supervision performed by metrological services acting as legal entities. General principles" and informational material of COOMET "The Terms of reference of measuring instruments for Legal Metrology".

During the meeting there was taken a decision to hold the 27th COOMET committee meeting on 25-27 April 2017 in Minsk, Belarus.

COOMET President’s Council approved the list of candidates for awarding the Honorary title "Honorary metrologist of COOMET". From the side of Ukraine there was nominated Andrey Ivkov, member of TC 1.12 "Reference Materials" from Ukraine (NSC "Institute of Metrology").