The event was attended by more than 600 delegates from 163 countries. The Russian delegation to the Assembly were headed by Alexey Abramov head of Rosstandart. One of the member of the delegation was First Vice-Chairman of the RUIE Committee on technical regulation, standardization and conformity assessment Andrey Lotsmanov.
The members of the Council considered a number of strategic aspects of ISO's activities, arrangements and block of financial issues. The first cluster was devoted to the implementation of the strategy of the Organization in 2015 and to the plan of activities for 2016. The representatives of the Standing Committee responsible for strategy and policy submitted proposals on all 10-minute key priorities areas concerning the results and prospects of ISO's activities in the coming year.
The representatives of the Russian delegation have caused particular concern to separate ISO technical committees about the limitation of the participation of Russian experts in the development of international standards.
From February 2015 the interaction between Russian and international experts become complicated in oil and gas sector, in particular in specialized technical Committee ISO/TC 67 “Materials, equipment and offshore structures for petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries”.
Problems arose after IOGP (International Organization of oil and gas producers) decision to limit the participation of Russian experts in ISO/TC 67 works regarding the sanctions regime.
Attempts to exclude Russian experts from the process of developing of standards, limiting their access to documents on development of standards and stop their participation in the meetings of the joint working groups.
After the treatment of Rosstandart to ISO Leadership in June 2015in Oslo took place the meeting of representatives of ISO/TC 67, IOGP and Russian experts, on which were agreed new rules for document exchange in the development of ISO standards. However, Russian experts still do not allow to participate ine meetings of the working groups of ISO/TC 67.
This issue has been discussed on the Forum "INNOPROM-2015" during the session on the issues of technical regulation and standardization. The Chairman of the RUIE Committee on technical regulation, standardization and conformity assessment Dmitry Pumpyanskiy arose this issue to the ISO President Dr. Zhan Xiaogan and IEC President Dr. Junji Nomurf and enlisted their support.
The proactive approach to protect the interests of Russian industry in this matter was taken by Rosstandard. Speaking at the ISO Council Alexey Abramov paid particular attention to the problem, stressing the inadmissibility of any restrictions of admission of Russian specialists in the work of the technical committees. Such actions are contrary to the basic principles of ISO.
As the result Technical Management Board of ISO (to which at the Assembly was elected the Deputy head of Rosstandart Mr. Alexander Zazhigalkin) , adopted the resolution condemning attempts to limit of the participation of experts from ISO member -countries in the development of international standards. ISO/TMB resolution will be sent to the Secretariat of ISO/TC 67.
Among other important issues that were discussed at ISO General Assembly it is necessary to highlight issues related with education and training of specialists in the field of standardization.
At one of the sessions were presented interesting, instructive facts. In Indonesia, for example, has recently adopted a law on standardization, which regulates the including to the education programs the course on standardization.
In Iran the standardization issues are integrated in some subjects of the school curriculum and necessarily taught in High Institutions. Annual Conference on standardization for high school students and students competitions abstracts on questions of standardization.
Technical universities in China have the required course for 32 hours devoted to standardization, conformity assessment and metrology.
In many countries education in the field of standardization is required and this issue is being addressed at the State level.
Issue of training in standardization has been the topic of several conferences held by the RUIE Committee. One of them was conducted together with the Ural Federal University in order to identify the needs of specialists in the sphere of technical regulation.
86% of respondents noted that at the labor market is currently difficult to find the specialists on technical regulation and standardization.
The RUIE Committee jointly with the Ministry of industry and Rosstandart has developed a number of specific proposals. In particular it is advisable to include in Federal State educational standards of undergraduate level for technical and economic directions the required (Basic) course on technical regulation and standardization. There is an obvious need to encourage high educational institutions to include such discipline in the not mandatory part of the curriculum (compulsory or optional course), as well as enable preparation the discipline "Standardization and Metrology" and "Quality management" as priorities.
Section on education and training must occupy a special place in general terms the implementation of the law "On Standardization". The use of world experience presented at the ISO General Assembly can certainly be very helpful in this regard.
The next meeting of ISO Council is scheduled to March 16-17 next year in Geneva (Switzerland).