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Important visitors in the testing lab – Ministry of Economic Affairs calls in for a chat with the laboratory association

“You’ve got to know your stuff!” That was the headline about the visit from members of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) when they visited the Institut Kirchhoff in the tradition-steeped Osramhöfen in Berlin, on the invitation of the German Association of Independent Testing Laboratories (VUP).

Important visitors in the testing lab – Ministry of Economic Affairs calls in for a chat with the laboratory association

Institute head Dr Erhard Kirchhoff and his authorised representative Erik Becker explained current market and client requirements, as well as questions of standardisation, to the group of visitors headed by BMWi departmental head Stefan Schnorr, using practical examples and during normal lab operations. “We need the accreditation, a client-orientated DAkkS, but especially more flexible framework conditions that will foster innovation, in order to be able to have a presence in the market!” That was the chief demand of the representatives of VUP members active in the food sector.

“We therefore need a time-limited accreditation, an up to date monitoring system and as soon as possible, a scale of DAkkS fees that is test lab-friendly.” So substantiated VUP managing director Anton Blöth the appeal to the representatives of the BMWi.

"“It’s important that we learn how things work in practice; where problems lie and what we as Ministry for Economic Affairs can do to promote innovation and commercial success,” emphasised departmental head Schnorr during the course of the visit. At the end of the tour of the lab, Schnorr summarised that the test lab sector has become a very high-tech, innovative and very client-orientated sector, and that this was readily apparent to him.

In the photo, L–R: Dr Ole Janssen and Stefan Schnorr (BMWi), Erik Becker and Dr Erhard Kirchhoff (Institut Kirchhoff GmbH), Anton Blöth (VUP) German Association of Independent Testing Labatories

Source: http://www.vup.de/

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