Closing event of the SEE QI 8 project (WB6 QI-response to COVID-19)

The closing conference of the SEE QI 8 project on 16 June 2021 combined a journey through the project highlights with interactive training sessions on business resilience.

The SEE QI 8 project on quality infrastructure (QI) response to Covid-19 related challenges is coming to an end. With three components – economy, health, and digital work – the aim of the project launched in November 2020 was to learn from each other to quickly develop solutions to Covid-19 related challenges. Over the past eight months, activities on business resilience standards, guidance to quality for Covid-19 related tests in medical laboratories, calibration of infrared thermometers and best practice in digital work were implemented with the strong support of the project team members in the partner countries.

To share the achievements of the project with the stakeholders in the participating countries, a closing conference was held on 16 June 2021. The event was attended by approximately 50 people, namely project partners, representatives of quality infrastructure institutions, relevant ministries and the private sector.

The virtual conference combined two sessions: At first, the highlights and key learnings of the project were shared with the audience in a “journey” through the three project components – economy, health and digital work. The journey included information about the activities conducted and the available products such as a booklet on business resilience standards, and a Guide to Quality for Medical Laboratories Performing Molecular Tests for Covid-19. Moreover, participants from QI institutions from different Western Balkan countries shared their impressions about the activities, reported on impact of the activities on their work and provided concrete advice on how to address Covid-19 related challenges based on their learnings and experiences made in the frame of the project.

The second session of the event was dedicated to the trainers for business resilience who were trained in the frame of the SEE QI 8 project. After a short overview of the most relevant standards and an introduction of the experts involved in the training, two parallel training sessions were offered by participants of the training of trainers: Vesna Vulić from Montenegro held a one-hour training on risk management according to ISO 31000. Ivana Mišković from Bosnia and Herzegovina focused in her training on integrated quality, innovation and leadership skills.

Screen image during the closing event of the SEE QI 8 project