International Cooperation

Bureau of Metrology represents Montenegro in international and regional metrological organizations and organizations in the field of control of precious metals articles. Within its competence, the Bureau of Metrology carries out activities in order to fulfill the Article 77 of the Stabilization and Association Agreement between the European Communities and its Member States on one hand, and Montenegro, on the other, which defines the obligations of Montenegro to take the necessary measures in order to gradually achieve conformity with the technical regulations of the Community and European standardization, metrology, accreditation and conformity assessment procedures. According to the Article 77, the contractual parties shall seek to:
• promote the use of Community technical regulations, European standards and conformity assessment procedures;
• provide assistance to fostering the development of quality infrastructure: standardization, metrology, accreditation and conformity assessment;
• promote the participation of Montenegrin competent authorities in the work of organizations occupied with standards, conformity assessment, metrology and similar areas (eg. CEN, CENELEC, ETSI, EA, WELMEC, EUROMET, etc.).
• where necessary, conclude an Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products once the legislative framework and the procedures in Montenegro are sufficiently aligned with the Community's procedures and, when an appropriate expertise becomes available.

Bureau of Metrology is a full member of the European Association of National Metrology Institutes, EURAMET since 7 June 2011. The representatives of the Bureau are appointed for the following EURAMET technical committees: TC - EM: Technical Committee for Electricity and Magnetism, TC - IM: Technical Committee for Interdisciplinary Metrology, TC - F: Technical Committee for the Flow, TC - M: Technical Committee for mass and Related Quantities and Q TC: Technical Committee for Quality. One of the main goals of the EURAMET is coordinated European research in metrology and analysis of common future needs in metrology, the definition of common goals and programs, planning and execution of joint research projects. Particularly significant is the European Metrology Research Program EMRP, as well as the future European research and innovation program in the field of legal metrology.

The Bureau of Metrology is a corresponding member of the International Organization of Legal Metrology OIML since November 2007. OIML provides Member States with guidelines for defining national and regional requirements concerning the manufacture and use of measuring instruments used in legal metrology.

In January 2009, the Bureau of Metrology became an associate member of the European cooperation in legal metrology WELMEC, whose objectives are: development of mutual trust between the authorities for legal metrology in Europe, harmonization of legal metrology activities, as well as the exchange of information between stakeholders. WELMEC advises the European Commission and the Council regarding the application and further development of the relevant metrology directives, so that monitoring of WELMEC working groups provides information necessary for the harmonization of national legislation with the EU legislation. Representatives of the Institute participate in working groups (WG, WELMEC Working Groups). Full membership in WELMEC is conditioned with the accession of Montenegro to the European Union.

Since the 1st of August 2011. Montenegro is associate member of the General Conference on Weights and Measures CGPM. Cited membership precedes the application for full membership in the International Bureau of Weights and Measures BIPM. Associate membership in CGPM enabled the Bureau of Metrology, on 19 October 2011, to sign the CIPM MRA and CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement. The CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement signing provide the conditions for mutual recognition of certificates on calibration and measurements issued by national metrology institutes of the Member States and thus supports the process of removing technical barriers in trade.

In order to further improve the activities of the Bureau of Metrology conducted in the field of control of precious metals articles, in October 2012, the Bureau became a member of the International Association of Assessing Officials IAAO.