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No.28 July 2004

Chairman's Message
Report from Committee
New Technical Committee Chairpersons
Report of Events
Report from Members
Awards Update
Special Report
Upcoming Events
Members' News
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Chairman's Office:

SPRING Singapore
2 Bukit Merah Central
Singapore 159835

APMP Secretariat:

Dr. Usuda Takashi
Ms. Homma Momoyo
National Metrology
Institute of Japan

1-1-1 Umezono
Tsukuba, Ibaraki
Iapan 305-8563

Tel: 81 29 861 4363
Fax: 81 29 861 4393

Ms. Tan Siew Leng
SPRING Singapore
1 Science Park Drive
Singapore 118221

Tel: 65 6773 9793
Fax: 65 6773 9803


Dr.Hidetaka Imai hands over Chairmanship to Mr.Lam Kong Hong... It is with great honour and privilege that I take over as Chairperson of Asia Pacific Metrology Programme (APMP). Remarkably, more than half a year has passed and we are coming close to the next General Assembly to be held in Beijing from 18 - 22 Oct 2004.

Over these past seven months, the Secretariat and Chairman offices in Japan and Singapore respectively have been extremely busy, particularly supporting claims by member national metrology institutes (NMIs) of their calibration and measurement capabilities (CMCs) for entry into the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) key comparison database (KCDB). Much credit also goes to the hardworking chairpersons and members of the various Technical Committees (TCs), who had to plough through details in both intra- and inter-regional reviews. I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to everyone for their dedication and outstanding service rendered to the APMP.

APMP member NMIs now account for over 17% of CMC claims in the BIPM KCDB. This is set to increase as the number of signatories from APMP to the Comite International des Poids et Mesures (CIPM) mutual recognition arrangement (MRA) grows. We are particularly delighted that Kalibrasi Instrumentasi Metrologi ? Lembaga Ilmu Pengetanhuan Indonesia (KIM-LIPI) has now joined as a new signatory.

Indonesia is one of the major economies in the Asia Pacific region. Participation in the MRA will demonstrate comparability of its national metrology services and provide the technical basis for wider agreements relating to international trade, commerce and regulatory affairs.

We are also delighted to have two new members join the APMP early this year. They are the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in India. I look forward to welcoming their delegates at the Beijing General Assembly in October.


Mr.Lam Kong HongSeveral meetings were held during the first half of this year. The 2nd joint APMP-SIM (Inter-American Metrology System) Workshop on Implementation of Quality Systems in NMIs (funded by Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation or APEC), and the 8th meeting of the Developing Economies Committee (DEC) took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in April. Our immediate-past Chairman, Dr Imai, the Executive Secretary Dr Takashi Usuda and I attended the 12th meeting of the Joint Committee of Regional Metrology Organisations (RMOs) and the BIPM (JCRB) in Queretaro, Mexico in early May. Discussions and decisions of that meeting were later disseminated to all TC chairs during the 3rd TC Chairs meeting in Bangkok, Thailand. We also took the opportunity to conduct a Panel Discussion in celebration of World Metrology Day on 20 May, with participation from Thai industries.

During the JCRB meeting in Mexico, we were invited to observe a SIM Quality Systems Task Force meeting, which gave us valuable insight into their approach towards CMC reviews. Also underlining the importance of close cooperation and liaison with counterpart RMOs, Dr Usuda participated in the SADCMET (Southern African Development Community Cooperation in Measurement Traceability) General Assembly held in Mauritius, while a member of the Executive Committee, Mr Keith Jones from the Measurement Standards Laboratory (MSL) of New Zealand, represented APMP at the EUROMET (European Collaboration in Measurement Standards) General Assembly held in Bled, Slovenia in early June. A report from APMP was also sent to the COOMETfs (Euro-Asian Cooperation of National Metrological Institutions) Annual Meeting in Bulgaria.

I am pleased to inform members that APMP has secured funding from various sources to undertake projects related to comparisons and implementing quality systems. I urge NMIs not just to participate but come forward to take leadership in some of these projects. I am confident that your staff will derive great benefit from the experience.


There are still many challenges ahead and work to be done. APMP has grown in size, status and substance. While it seems that much of the attention and current activities are related to the CIPM MRA, they are in fact part of our underlying objective, which is to develop metrological capabilities of member NMIs that will ensure the reliability and international recognition of their respective calibration and measurement capabilities.

Finally, our newsletter has a new look. We hope you like it. Plans are underway to also revamp the APMP website, which should be completed by the end of the year.

Lam Kong Hong

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