Describes standards, identifies the national standards, accreditation bodies, and lists the national testing organization(s) and conformity assessment bodies.
Although no specific law exists to regulate imports and exports, decrees issued by the Office of the Government and Ministry of Industry and Commerce provide guidance regarding imports and exports. For example, the Decree on Import and Export of Goods No. 114/GoL and Decree on Import Licensing Procedures No. 180/PM, issued by Prime Minister Office.
Laos currently has no independent standards organizations. In 2011, the Department of Standards and Metrology was established as an independent department alongside the Department of Intellectual Property under the Ministry of Science and Technology. However, MOIC currently supervises these departments as Ministry of Science and Technology was dissolved. In 2014, Laos passed the Law on Standards and USAID’s LUNA Lao II project seeks to assist the Lao in implementing regulations for the law.
Testing, inspection and certification
The Department of Standards and Metrology would lead any conformity assessment.
The Department of Standards and Metrology would lead any product certification.
Regulations in the area of accreditation are under revision.
Publication of Technical Regulations
Laos currently does not publish technical regulations with regularity, although the Electronic Official Gazette, designed to publish all proposed and enacted legislation, is a potential model for publishing such information in the future.
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Department of Standards and Metrology: Department of Intellectual Property.