The quality infrastructure plays an important role in ensuring the quality at all stages of production and sale of goods and services. The existence of a modern system fully aligned with the European requirements facilitates building the confidence of international commercial partners in the goods and services produced in the Republic of Moldova, enables the diversification of markets for local producers, which makes it one of the key factors determining the success of trade policies.
The adoption in 2013 of 2577 standards, including 563 national standards identical with the international ones (ISO/IEC) and 2014 national standards identical with the European ones (EN) facilitated the merger of the national standardization system with the European and international one, which eliminated the technical obstacles on the way of trade and contributed to the access of domestic products to foreign markets.
The completion of the institutional reform of quality infrastructure characterized the activities conducted by the Ministry of Economy in 2013. Currently, all the newly created authorities and institutions, such as the National Institute of Standardization, National Institute of Metrology and the National Accreditation Center (MoldAC) are fully operational.
2 twinning projects amounting to EUR 2.2 million allocated by the European Union were obtained to develop the skills of the above mentioned institutions. The goal of the projects is to build the skills and promote the image of institutions in the field, thus increasing the trust in the quality infrastructure system of the Republic of Moldova. This will facilitate creating opportunities for the export of Moldovan products and will contribute to guaranteeing that Moldovan consumers have access to a wide range of quality products.
The approval of the Methodology for determining tariffs for services provided by the National Institute of Standardization and tariffs for the publication and dissemination of regulatory documents on standardization is a first achievement in this area that will ensure the transparency of using the funds allocated from the state budget for standardization, as well as the optimal level of tariffs for the publication and dissemination of standards and observance of ISO rules and requirements, CEN/CENELEC and other commitments assumed by the Republic of Moldova in terms of copyright protection and method of publishing and disseminating standards.
Harmonizing the national legislation with the EU legislation is the essence of a number of regulatory acts and initiatives developed throughout the years.