Why we are partnering with GPC and the Innovation Pavillion by Sweden
Camilla Åberg, Manager International Relations for SIS, Swedish Standards Institute.
“Swedish companies can strengthen their competitiveness by ensuring that their innovative products and procedures are in line with international standardisation”, advises Camilla Åberg, Manager International Relations for SIS, Swedish Standards Institute.
That is pretty sound advice from someone whose organization conducts development cooperation with 15 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. Additionally, SIS is a member of the International Standardisation organization, ISO, with 162 members from different countries, and also a member of CEN, the European standardization organization composed of 34 countries, EU, EFTA, and EU candidate countries.
“Standards and standardization are important tools to enable faster and wider market access for Swedish innovations, to new regions and countries, etc.”, adds Åberg. SIS decided to attend Arab Health 2018 as part of Global Pharma Consulting’s The Innovation Pavilion by Sweden to support Swedish companies with their standardization network in which companies can exert an influence on future CEN and ISO standards that can facilitate export and trade in the MENA region. “Our standardization activities in life science, e-health, and medical technology, as well as our range of standards in the field, need to become more known among these companies we believe”, she says thoughtfully. “Standardization is an innovation-friendly activity”.
Åberg firmly believes that by investigating areas of new technology and innovation where Sweden is at the forefront internationally SIS can promote standardization driven by Swedish companies. SIS client companies represent a diversity of sectors and have activities nationally and internationally. “We want to cooperate more with members of the ISO community from the MENA region, something SIS has already done in the Agadir project in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, and Jordan”, states Åberg.
At The Innovation by Sweden Pavilion at Arab Health, SIS will be there to help other participants with questions regarding how standards and standardization can support trade and cooperation between countries, stimulate non-Swedish participants to contact their National Standardisation Body, and to support fair trade and international business development.“SIS is looking forward to the opportunity to learn more about the Arab Health-market and how SIS, CEN, and ISO can contribute to digitalization and quality issues within the healthcare sector”, Åberg says. “We also hope to meet with members of the ISO community from MENA during our visit”.