The Quality Infrastructure in Lebanon Export Norms, Quality Control and Competitiveness FUTURE Program .

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The Quality Infrastructure In Lebanon. StandardizationMetrologyAccreditation and TestingCertification/InspectionMarket Surveillance. Labs Only two labs at the Industrial Research Institute (Microbiology
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" The Quality Infrastructure in Lebanon" Export Norms, Quality Control and Competitiveness FUTURE Program Prepared By Ali Berro Director of Quality Program Ministry of Economy & Trade Beirut-Lebanon 2005

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The Quality Infrastructure In Lebanon Standardization Metrology Accreditation and Testing Certification/Inspection Market Surveillance

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Accreditation and Testing Laboratories Only two labs at the Industrial Research Institute (Microbiology & Chemistry) are authorize by DAR, Few other Lebanese labs are currently accreditation whatever is left of Laboratories did not begin the accreditation procedure Gaps in testing administrations

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Certification/Inspection Foreign Certification (Inspection) elements make utilization of their International Accreditations status to affirm Companies in Lebanon Absence of a national framework for qualifying and enrolling of Quality Management System Auditors and Assessors, IRI is assuming the part of a Certification body.

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Export Norms and Problems Facing Lebanese Exports Absence of orchestrated Conformity Assessment enactments and methodology in Lebanon Voluntary standards and Technical Regulations are progressively utilized by created nations, to teach access to their business sectors, Difficulties in adapting to the quick and constantly changing universal guidelines and controls High cost of value versus value rivalry Rejections and detainments of shipments: 52% of dismissals are because of naming abnormalities 33% because of risky added substances 5% salmonella nearness 10% different reasons

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THE QUALITY Program E.U. concede :Total Budget 15 M€ Beneficiary: MOET Duration: 38 months Main Items Technical Assistance for MOET 4.3 M€ Contracts with particular part states Institutions 3.0 M€ for institutional building Supply contracts (supplies) 6.0 M€ Training: 0.6 M€ Audits & Evaluation: 0.4 M€ Contingencies: 0.7 M€

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Program COMPONENTS Policy Component Institutional Component Enterprise Component

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POLICY COMPONENT Assistance in building up an extensive National Quality Policy Assistance in the fruition and upgrading of administrative and authoritative system in the field of Standards, Accreditation, Metrology, Conformity Assessment and other related fields, for example, Plant and Animal Quarantine, Consumer Protection and Food Safety draft laws Establishing a legitimate database on congruity appraisal enactments and essential connections to quality related foundations both in Lebanon and EU nations (finished)

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INSTITUTIONAL COMPONENT Support Institutional Building at MOET And other related Ministries Support the foundation & operational enhancements of the accompanying organizations: Lebanese Accreditation Council (COLIBAC) Lebanese Standards Institution (LIBNOR) Support the testing & confirmation capacities to accomplish universal accreditation & acknowledgment for Lebanese labs in corresponding testing fields

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Institutional Building at MOET A Quality Unit is built up at MOET to deal with the Quality Program and to proceed later on as an utilitarian unit (or Directorate) at MOET Establishment of a Quality Advisory Committee speaking to key open and private areas\' partners in the Quality Chain to administer and exhort on Quality Policy & other quality issues Undertaking of research exercises to overview the Quality Chain status in Lebanon

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Institutional Building at MOET (2) Development of an applicable database on: Government strategies & controls in the field of value & checking real market advance as far as its scattering & usage Conformity Assessment techniques in fare markets (particularly E.U. markets) Other market passage conditions Alert Notifications & dismissal of shipments Creation of an abnormal state of systems administration among all partners of the Quality Chain Operational change of Market observation capacities, for example, the Consumer Protection Service, legitimate Metrology...etc Training of MOET staff for appropriate upkeep & compelling utilization of such data frameworks

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institutional Building with International Assistance Institutional Building support in the field of Standardization, Accreditation, Metrology and Conformity Assessment with the assistance of partner associations in Europe Technical support in Testing and Certification (open & private) to acquire nearby & global Accreditation & to take an interest in capability testing plans & between research facility correlations with benchmark competency level Possible twining game plans with some comparative European foundations

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Technical Assistance with Equipment exhaustive requirements appraisal for gear in key associations bolstered by the program in the field of Metrology, Calibration and Testing Purchase of types of gear under a sound & proficient EC-consistent acquisition procedure to redesign and overhaul offices Provide preparing on bought types of gear

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ENTERPRISE COMPONENT Improve Awareness of private area towards quality issues Provide data on universal market section conditions, SPS measures and congruity evaluation strategies ( a specific Quality Help Desk) Provide abnormal state alignment administrations to Lebanese labs Support the foundation of a "Lebanese National Quality Center" : to be facilitated by the private division Provide preparing on quality related issues particularly ISO norms Joint Study visits and missions

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Collaboration with the Private Sector The Quality Advisory Committee will have a noteworthy part in this program Cooperation with the Federation of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture Cooperation with the Association of Lebanese Industries Major private segment labs are incorporated into the plan The END BENEFICIARY of the entire program is the PRIVATE SECTOR

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