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Workshop on the APMP's implementation of the CMC review process under the CIPM MRA Phase 1: Workshop for the TC Chairs

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Dr Kazuaki Yamazawa
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Upon discussion with the EC members at APMP Mid-year 2019 in Cebu, the project was slightly modified from the original title to hold a workshop open to all APMP participants at APMP 2019 Sydney. BIPM also granted co-sponsorship and the workshop title was set as 2019 BIPM-APMP Workshop "Important transitions in the CIPM MRA infrastructure". Details of the workshop are posted on the BIPM CBKT site and the APMP website.

2019 BIPM-APMP Workshop "Important transitions in the CIPM MRA infrastructure"

Over 100 participants from APMP Member NMIs/DIs took part in the joint BIPM-APMP CBKT Workshop entitled "Important transitions in the CIPM MRA infrastructure". The workshop was held on 29-30 November 2019 during the 35th APMP General Assembly in Sydney (Australia). The Workshop was sponsored by the APMP within funds granted as TCI Project TCQS_01_TCQS 2019.


Recommendations from the Working Group on the Implementation and Operation of the CIPM MRA are being implemented. The international standards ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO 17034 have been revised, and NMIs/DIs are improving their systems to complete their transition to these new standards within the three-year period. As an outcome of the CIPM MRA review, the BIPM is renewing the infrastructure of the BIPM key comparison database to transition to the KCDB 2.0, which will include both documentation and web-based tools and systems.


The 2019 BIPM-APMP Workshop was intended to inform participants about these important changes as well as to provide a forum to share experiences.


The Workshop consisted of three sessions:

  • "the CIPM MRA infrastructure from the history to the vast transitions in 2019" with three invited lecturers (Day 1, over 100 participants),

  • "KCDB 2.0 - the new platform for the CIPM MRA" featuring a live demonstration of KCDB 2.0 (Day 2, over 40 participants),

  • "Monitoring the transition of the quality management system to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 and ISO 17034:2016" with fourteen talks from NMIs/DIs presenting their experience in making the transitions (Day 2, around 20 participants).

The workshop provided an effective forum to share knowledge about the KCDB 2.0 and changes to the international standards ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO 17034. An interactive atmosphere was encouraged at the workshop, with many questions from the participants.


Files of the presentations given on Day 1 of the workshop are publicly available on the APMP TCQS website, in the open access area for the TCQS Workshop.

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