18th meeting of TC 1.7 "Photometry and Radiometry" (сombined format: VNIIOFI (Moscow, Russia) and online): 12-14 October 2021
15th online meeting of TC 1.1 "General Metrology"
and webinar of implementation of the CIPM MRA documents: 15 October 2021
16-17.06.2021: 31st online COOMET Committee meeting (Plenary session)
The Plenary session of the 31st COOMET Committee meeting was held on 16-17 June 2021, at which representatives of 18 COOMET member countries (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Georgia, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Ukraine) took part. Representative of international organizations (BIPM, BIML) and regional organizations (APMP, APLMF, EURAMET, WELMEC, SIM, NCSL International and EASC) also participated in the meeting and made their presentations on the activities in 2020-2021.
COOMET President Valery Hurevich (Belarus) presented a report on the results of activities for the three years of performing the duties of the President, and about the tasks of COOMET for a new term of his office.
Head of COOMET Secretariat Nadezhda Liakhova (Belarus) presented the annual report with an analysis of COOMET activities in all fields of cooperation, provided for in the COOMET Memorandum.
The COOMET Committee approved the updated Roadmap for implementation of resolutions, related to the redefinition of the SI base units for 2021-2025 as a COOMET Program P6/2021.
In addressing the issue of implementation of the CIPM MRA information about the 42nd and 43rd JCRB meetings was presented, as well as a report on the activities of the COOMET Joint Committee for Measurement Standards (with an analysis of the current state of preparation, review and publication in the KCDB of CMC entries of NMIs and DIs of COOMET member countries and
implementation of the COOMET Program of comparisons).
The COOMET Committee requested the President to send letters to the Directors of COOMET NMIs/DIs, which are pilots of COOMET comparisons, lasting for over 5 years, requesting them to assist in completing those comparisons as soon as possible.
The annual report on the activities of the Quality Forum and TC 3.1 "Quality Forum Technical Committee" was also presented to the participants, which included information about implementation of the document "Policy and Plan of COOMET TC 3.1 "Quality Forum Technical Committee" related to the transition to ISO 17034:2016 and ISO/IEC 17025:2017 for peer reviews of QMS of COOMET NMIs and DIs", results of the peer reviews of the QMS of Russian, Kazakhstan, Belarusian and Ukrainian NMIs/ DIs and the schedule of peer reviews of the QMS of other NMIs/DIs for 2021.
During the COOMET Committee meeting the issues of cooperation in the field of legal metrology, information and training of metrologists were also considered. The Committee approved the Work Program of TC 2 "Legal Metrology" for 2021-2023 (COOMET P3/2021) and Work Program of TC 4 "Information and training" for 2021-2023 (COOMET P4/2021), and also adopted the Plan of training activities of COOMET for 2021.
The COOMET Committee adopted the Schedule of updates of COOMET publications for 2021-2024 and approved the following COOMET publications, prepared and updated in 2020-2021:
- CООМЕТ Recommendation R/GM/11:2021 "Regulations for Comparisons of Measurement Standards from the NMIs/DIs of COOMET"
- CООМЕТ Recommendation R/GM/12:2021 "Rules of Maintaining of Foregoing COOMET Program of Comparisons"
- CООМЕТ Recommendation R/GM/7:2021 "Procedure for an Intraregional Review of Calibration and Measurement Capabilities of COOMET NMIs/DIs and an Interregional Review of Calibration and Measurement Capabilities of NMIs/DIs of Other RMOs";
- COOMET Recommendation "Temporary rules and procedure for peer reviews of quality management systems of National metrology institutes/Designated institutes (QMS of NMIs/DIs) during the COVID-19 pandemic" (new);
- Information material "About remote calibrations of measurement standards of COOMET NMIs" (new);
- Information material "Organization of the sphere of state regulation in the field of legal metrology in the COOMET member countries" (new);
- COOMET Document CООМЕТ D5.18/2021 "Regulation on the COOMET Quality Forum",
as well as updated regulations on a number of COOMET Technical Committees (TC 1.1 "General Metrology" (General Questions Concerning Measurements), TC 1.4 "Flow Measurement", TC 1.9 "Ionizing Radiation and Radioactivity", TC 4 "Information and Training").
The Committee highlighted the relevance of work on preparation of a Concept for application of digital technologies in metrology within COOMET (COOMET project 825/BY/21) and requested the COOMET Secretariat to organize an online meeting of the WG for the project in June 2021.
The Committee supported the proposal of the COOMET Secretariat, addressed to COOMET Committee members (in terms of sending videos on the issues of metrology) and to organizers of COOMET training events (in terms of recording webinars) to further post them on the official COOMET YouTube channel.
Representatives of national metrology organizations, which are COOMET members, presented information about the state of metrological activities in their countries.
In view of the resolution, adopted at the Working session, to hold the 32nd extraordinary COOMET Committee meeting on 26 October 2021 (online on the Zoom platform), it was agreed that that dates and format of the 33rd meeting will be specified in October 2021 (taking into account the situation with the Covid-19 pandemic).