Strengthening the quality infrastructure in Turkey
Under the terms of its Customs Union with the EU, Turkey is required to harmonise its laws with the body of EU legislation and to ensure the free movement of goods. This requirement also involved lifting technical barriers to trade, which meant Turkey had to align its product quality and standardisation infrastructure with that of the EU. As EU laws on the free movement of goods is vast, Turkey required help not only in setting up a new legal framework, but also in implementing it. Although an earlier project assisted officials and employees from the private and public sectors in the harmonisation process, some problems remained.
The aims of the project and its core activities
The purpose of this project was to strengthen the institutional and infrastructural framework in Turkey to implement EU rules regarding the free movement of goods, in partnership with the Undersecretariat of the Turkish Prime Ministry for Foreign Trade and the Turkish Society for Quality (KalDer).
It aimed to continue the transfer of technical know-how on accreditation, standardisation, conformity assessment and metrology/calibration issues. This transfer was made even more necessary by the requirement of Turkey to harmonise its laws with an additional eight directives on products.
Support was provided on the correct implementation of quality infrastructure and market surveillance to a number of bodies, including: the Turkish Accreditation Institution (TÜRKAK), Turkish Standards Institution (TSE), National Metrology Institute (UME), conformity assessment bodies, universities, small and medium sized businesses and consumer unions.
In addition, a media information campaign was conducted in order to raise awareness among businesses and consumers on the importance of European standards and how they affect their daily lives. Moreover, consumers were encouraged to look out for the Keymark, TSE and CE standardisation marks.