PAQI Current Projects
This year is one that we will all have linger in our minds. A beginning of a decade with many occurrences around it. On the bright side, activities in PAQI have not been at a standstill and there has been a train of activities taking place even with the dark COVID-19 cloud hovering around the globe. Here is an insight into some of the current PAQI projects and accomplishments. click here to read more
Accuracy of Blood Pressure Measuring Instrument
Verification is an activity to confirm if a measuring device is within specified requirements as stated by law. In other words, verification is intended to check that a product, service or system meets a set of requirements, specification and regulation. It is a process that is used to evaluate whether a product, service, or system complies with regulations and specifications. What is a medical device? A medical device is an instrument which is used for medical purposes in patients, in diagnosis, therapy or surgery if applied to the body. This article is centered on blood pressure medical device. … click here to read more
Development of the African Quality Policy (AQP)
The need for a African Quality Policy (AQP) was first identified in Article 67(1) of the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community (AEC) of 1991 which called on Member States to:
a) Adopt a common policy on standardization and quality assurance of goods and services among Member States;
b) Undertake such other related activities in standardization and measurement systems that are likely to promote trade, economic development and integration within the Community;
c) Strengthen African national, regional and continental organizations operating in this field.
The recently launched agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) recognizes the centrality of having in place the said policy as a means of facilitating free movement of goods as a key pillar of the AfCFTA. To this end the Agreement’s annexes related to addressing technical barriers to trade, sanitary and phytosanitary measures and the elimination of non-tariff barriers pre-suppose the existence of a robust continental quality infrastructure. … click here to read more
A Guide for Members Pan African Quality Infrastructure (PAQI) encourages all quality infrastructure players to use the approved format of the logo to promote the African year of Quality Infrastructure. The logo may be used on business cards, company advertisements, … Continued
8th Pan-African Joint Committee and 4th PAQI Forum Events
On the dates of 4th and 5th August 2016, In Novotel Hotel, one of the splendid places in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, two PAQI events were convened to review the progress of PAQI and its Pillars activities towards sustainable economic development through accelerating quality infrastructure development.
On 4th PAQI Pillars, namely The African Accreditation Cooperation (AFRAC), The Intra-Africa Metrology System (AFRIMETS), The African Electrotechnical Standardisation Commission (AFSEC) and The African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO), together with representatives from the African Union Commission (AUC) and Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) had their joint committee meeting where the delegates were Dr. Hermogène Nsengimana, PAQI Chairperson, Mr. Ronald Josias, AFRAC President, Mr. Dennis Moturi, AFRIMETS President, Mr. Claude Koutoua, AFSEC President, Mrs Boudali Rezgui Narjes, ARSO President, Mr. Paul Michael Date, AFRIMETS representative, Mr. Reuben Gisore, ARSO representative, Dr Oswald Chinyamakobvu, AUC TBT Advisor, Mr. Martin Kaiser, PTB Consultant, Mr. Paul Walakira and Mrs. Nadine Umutoni PAQI Secretariat staff. Read more…
ARSO and PAQI host a Quality Infrastructure Mobilisation and Awareness Creation Workshop for the East African Communit Legislative Assembly (EALA) Members at the Hilton Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya.
The workshop was designed to give the EALA MPs for the Agriculture, Tourism and Natural Resources Committee an insight into the elements of quality infrastructure, how they inter-relate and how they benefit developing economies as well as the role of ARSO and the Pan African Quality Infrastructure (PAQI)