Quality Infrastructure Council of the Americas
The Quality Infrastructure Council of the Americas (QICA), comprises the three independent regional organizations involved in quality infrastructure in America: the Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT), the Inter-American Metrology System (SIM) and the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC), each of which has an active and broad participation in American countries in their respective areas of expertise.
QICA is a platform to develop joint projects, information sharing, and cross-functional training and development that, by acting collaboratively, exceeds the abilities of any one-organization acting alone.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
November 2020 (Tentatively)
Co-organizing awareness and capacity building events for stakeholders, including public officials.
Exchanging documents, specific information and access to databases and general information, incluiding professional personnel to strengthen projects and programs.
Increasing the visibility of each other’s services and activities among their respective networks.
Offering joint seminars and training courses on priority areas, and supporting each other’s training activities.
Carrying out joint meetings to address matters of common interest.
Developing and implementing joint programs and promoting cooperation and collaboration among each other’s members at a national level.
QICA creation is the result of a joint effort between the three regional organizations of the QI in technical cooperation projects. Takes into account the initiative of Ministers and High Authorities of Science and Technology of the Organization of American States (OAS), for access to quality infrastructure services and has counted and has strong support in its creation and ongoing development, from PTB, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, the National Metrology Institute of the Federal Republic of Germany.
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