Institute for Standardisation of BiH ready to become member of European standardisation bodies

The most important result of the project “Support to the BiH Institute for Standardisation” is that Institute for Standardisation of BiH is ready to become a member of the European standardisation bodies. Also, the project opened opportunity for industry and consumers in BiH in the near future to have standards that will be equivalent to those in the EU.

All achieved results of the project were presented at the final conference of Twinning project held in Sarajevo and marked successful project implementation that started in 2011.

Total project value was 800.000 EUR. The European Union funded this project in the amount of 500.000 EUR from the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA 2009), while the other part was financed by Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“With the project we’ve improved the transparency and access to information of standards at national, international and European level. Project was a contribution to the strategy for information system for standardization to be compatible with international and particularly European organizations for standardization.  This project is very important for BiH economy and integration of Bosnia and Herzegovina into European quality infrastructure regimes. It is important for enterprises to develop their international competitiveness, export market and their economic role” said Martin Schieder, Head of Operations Sections for Economic Development, Natural Resources and Infrastructure in EU Delegation to BiH.

“I am very happy that results that were expected before the start of the project are now finally implemented. Institute for Standardization has established an information centre for notification and standard notification points according to the EU and the World Trade Organization. The project assisted our Institute to get two new pieces of software that will facilitate the work of our people who will now have “real time” information without delay. But most important is that the project will help whole BiH, its producers and the industry to enable people to improve their industrial and trade ties with the EU and international markets”, said Aleksandar Cincar, Director of the BAS Institute.

The project has been implemented by a Consortium, consisting of German Institute for Standardisation (DIN), Bulgarian Institute for Standardisation (BDS) and led by the Spanish Association for Standardisation and Certification (AENOR).