“Setting up a Quality Infrastructure System is one of the most positive and practical steps that a developing nation can take on the path forward to developing a thriving economy as a basis for prosperity, health and well-being.”1

Quality Infrastructure refers to the system of organisations and processes that help ensure the quality of goods and services and facilitate access to global markets. It consists of key pillars like standardisation, metrology, accreditation, and conformity assessment. Collectively these systems help stimulate industrial development, trade competitiveness, innovation, and the efficient use of resources, while protecting human health and the environment.

The Pacific Islands Forum is leading the Pacific Quality Infrastructure (PQI) Initiative, which aims to strengthen quality infrastructure across all Forum Island Countries to increase trade competitiveness. Given that quality infrastructure plays a crucial role both for trade and national health systems, support throughout will contribute to the regional recovery from COVID-19. 

The PQI Initiative was officially endorsed by Forum Trade Ministers for a 5-year work program covering different streams of work, including standards, metrology, conformity assessment and quality promotion. 

Standards Work Program

As an implementing partner under the PQI Initiative, Standards Australia is delivering the standards stream of work in collaboration with all Forum Island Countries. Activities for 2021-2022 will include:
  • Planning workshop to set the course for the program
  • Needs assessment to benchmark current standards activities 
  • Capacity building workshops on key topics of standards development
  • Mentoring program with Standards Australia staff
  • Establishment of a Regional Standards Committee

These activities will lead into two additional years of implementation, with an anticipated completion in 2023. 


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1. https://www.unido.org/sites/default/files/2016-05/UNIDO_Quality_system_0.pdf

Workshops this year include

Activity Dates Workshop Materials
Capacity Building Workshop 1: 8 October 2021 Workbook, Presentation
Capacity Building Workshop 2: 17 November 2021 Workbook, Presentation
Mentoring Session 10 December 2021 Workbook, Presentation
Capacity Building Workshop 3: 10 February 2022 Workbook, Presentation
Planning Workshop 7 April 2022 Presentation
Mentoring Session 12 April 2022 Workbook, Presentation
1st Regional Standards Committee meeting 28 April 2022 Draft Terms of Reference, Presentation
Mentoring Session  3 June 2022  Workbook, Presentation
Capacity Building Workshop 4: 7 June 2022 Workbook, Presentation
2nd Regional Standards Committee meeting  29 June 2022 Finalised Terms of Reference, Presentation
Capacity Building Workshop 5:  28 July 2022 Workbook, Presentation
Mentoring Session  4 August 2022 Action Plan Template, Presentation



Abbey Dorian

International Engagement Manager