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In order to develop and deliver our technical coaching and standards development support services, AFNOR collaborates with ADETEF — the French cross-ministry economy, finance and sustainable development agency for international technical cooperation. This partnership helps expand the scope of international projects to encompass metrology, standardization, accreditation and conformity assessment.
The international projects deployed and the cooperation agreements signed help forge special ties with a number of partner countries on joint-led standardization, certification, training and publishing work. Partnerships have been already set up with China and Brazil, but also with the Francosphere through support from the Francosphere standardization network Réseau Normalisation et Francophonie.
Delivering product quality and service quality is the cornerstone of economic development and competitiveness for organizations and even nations in the global marketplace. Metrology, standardization, certification and testing are the quality assurance tools that enable businesses and nations to gain expert control over every dimension of technology know-how in a specialized area.
For over 30 years now, the AFNOR has proactively engaged in technology cooperation and international projects as a facilitator to help developing and/or emerging economies gain accession to the WTO (World Trade Organization) or join the European Union enlargement agenda.
Together, the AFNOR and the ADETEF help deploy stable competitive infrastructures and offer the business expertise needed to sustainably develop specialized skillsets by drawing on an expert knowledge and competencies network. The target audience for AFNOR–ADETEF services includes administrations, standardization offices, and any organization engaged in efforts to ensure quality and market stability for developing economies.
The AFNOR draws on its pool of networked experts counting salaried experts on top of the 20,000 experts on standardization commissions and the 1000-odd coaches/auditors who execute missions for AFNOR Compétences and AFNOR Editions. The ADETEF uses its website platform to regularly publish information on projects in progress and issue calls for experts in project-related fields.
The technical coaching on quality infrastructure co-proposed by the AFNOR and the ADETEF is deployed through four strands of action:
Industrial facilities, mass-market consumer products, the food–farming industry, and the services sector are just a snapshot of the many fields in which the ADETEF, backed by support from the AFNOR, leads technical coaching action initiatives. Action is centred on:
International projects offer an unrivalled opportunity for exchange with experts from different countries, national standards bodies, international agencies... Years ago, the AFNOR turned to engage with peers abroad and has since signed numerous cooperation agreements on joint-led standardization, training or certification action.
The AFNOR Group's four core activities — Standardization, Certification, Training, Publishing — have helped forge special ties with China, Brazil, Algeria, and Macedonia, and these ties have been sealed by signing bilateral cooperation agreements for exchange schemes covering information, standardization, conformity assessment and document resources.
Created in 2007 by the AFNOR in tandem with the Bureau de Normalisation du Québec (BNQ), the dedicated Francosphere standardization network Réseau Normalisation et Francophonie (RNF) promotes standardization efforts in French-speaking countries and pools in the national standardization bodies and quality leadership organizations at work in Africa, North America and Europe.
President of the RNF is BNQ chairman Jacques Girard. V-P is Barama Sarr, CEO of the Association Sénégalaise de Normalisation (ASN). Secretary–General is former AFNOR secretary–general Alain Durand.