Western Balkan: Wrap-up and Outputs of Five-Month Business Resilience Standards Training of Trainers

For over a year, the Covid-19 pandemic has harmed not only people’s health but also the economy. Similarly to other sectors, businesses have been hit hard by the risks and economic consequences from the restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the…

PTB supports partner countries by sharing auxiliary ventilator design

In view of the dramatic developments in the COVID-19 pandemic in many countries, PTB recently sent a description as well as technical drawings of an auxiliary ventilator to several partner countries, including India and Nepal.

 

At the initiative of…

Hands-on | Virtually!

Guidelines on virtual hands-on laboratory training

 

Can hands-on laboratory training be conducted remotely? What are some methods to virtually demonstrate how to handle laboratory equipment or remotely direct trainees to perform technical measurements?…

Knowledge Transfer | Calibration of Piston Pipettes

Tuesday 1 June 2021 | UTC 14:00 to 16:00* | Please check your local time.

 

 

 

3rd virtual workshop

 

Piston pipettes calibration as part of a quality assurance program

 

Calibración de pipetas de pistón como parte de un programa de…

New discussion paper: How can the economy be strengthened through QI?

How can quality infrastructure, or QI for short, strengthen the economy during the Covid-19 pandemic? A team of internal and external PTB experts has examined this issue in a discussion paper. The topic was developed as a basis for discussion within PTB’s…

Capacity Development Online - New formats of virtual cooperation

Since March 2020, the PTB's International Cooperation Group has been facing major challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The social and travel-related restrictions have led to the staff members having to transfer the project work almost completely to…

ISO 15189:2012 and its connection to PCR tests

Everyone has been talking about PCR tests since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, but how are they related to quality infrastructure? What relevance does the topic have in the context of PTB's development cooperation? How can it be guaranteed that…

Cooperation between the PTB’s International Cooperation Department and the OECD

In 2020 correspondence took place between Dr. Marion Stoldt, Head of the PTB’s International Cooperation Department, and Dr. Annalisa Primi, Director of the OECD Development Centre’s Structural Politics and Innovation Department. Per this correspondence,…

Safe and Sound Pharmaceutics Made in Africa

In nearly all areas of our everyday life, Covid-19 has been presenting us with huge challenges. This also applies to our work routines. Whereas people working in certain professions can work from home, this is simply impossible for others. In such cases,…

Improving medical metrological infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated that health systems in most Latin America and the Caribbean are not well prepared for such a crisis. One of the most important bottlenecks to date are the lack of respiratory equipment, intensive care units,…

Using UV-C radiation to combat the coronavirus

PTB investigates indoor air purifier developed in Braunschweig

 

The Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) measured the internal irradiance of a prototype of an indoor UV-C air purification unit to gauge its effectiveness in neutralizing germs…

2020: An extraordinary year comes to an end

We will remember this unusual year long into the future. As we all know, there have been and still are many sad, difficult and challenging events.

Still, we will remember other aspects too: unrelenting willingness to help, solidarity and the speed at…

Going Digital at Work

Today, we would like to draw your attention to a section of our covid-19 website devoted to working digitally.

 

Because we can no longer have meetings in person, including those on site in our partner countries, we have to rely on the digital world to…

ColombiaMide – Better quality for cocoa and avocados in Columbia

Small and medium-sized enterprises in Columbia face many challenges to be competitive in local and international markets. One criterion is particularly crucial: the quality of products, as this is the basis of productivity. As a journalist from the…

Tunisia: A little help goes a long way in the fight against COVID-19

We received an unanticipated assignment from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung) to help ensure the effectiveness of the face masks that are being used to…

AU and Africa CDC are hosting Workshop on Manufacturing PPE

The African Union Commission and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention are hosting a special workshop on promoting local manufacturing of personal protective equipment.

 

Date: Thursday, 3 September 2020

Time: 1.00-4.30 p.m. Eastern…

Corona taskforce -- International Cooperation during the corona pandemic

What does the spread of COVID-19 mean for PTB's International Cooperation Department and what challenges do we have to face? Effective immediately, the International Cooperation Department will be providing answers to these questions on a specially…

Infrared thermometers — non-contact temperature measurement

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, infrared thermometers have been in high demand throughout the world. These thermometers allow a person’s temperature to be taken contact-free and can provide an initial indication of whether they may have a…

Why quality assurance infrastructure matters to fight COVID-19 in developing countries?

The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates that health systems in many countries – developed and developing – were not prepared for such a crisis. Since 2005, several organisations have warned about the consequences of pandemics, issuing recommendations to…

Curbing the spread of Covid-19: New posters display hygiene measures

How can we prevent the spread of Covid-19 — especially in crowded places where people are queueing while they wait to buy chai, dhal curry or other food? This challenge moved health authorities in Sri Lanka to join forces with local business support…

Saving lives by detecting unsafe protective masks

Among the many challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic is the question of ensuring the quantity and at the same time the quality of protective masks, which are one among many types of protective equipment currently flooding the markets.

 

The PTB…

My mask protects you - your mask protects me

What are the proper procedures for face masks?

 

It is essential to use face masks properly in order to achieve the greatest possible protection.

 

Wash hands thoroughly, at least 20-30 seconds and with soap before putting on the face mask.

Potential reference measurement procedure for SARS-CoV-2 testing

PTB's droplet digital PCR has what it takes to become a reference method to monitor the quality of medical analytical laboratories.

 

 

 

Scientists of the Berlin Institute of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) have adapted the…

PTB swings into high gear

Emergency aid to COVID-19 testing facilities in the Palestinian territories

A call for help from the Ministry of Health of the Palestinian National Authority reached PTB at the end of March: Laboratory analytics to test for coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 are…

Delighted and happy to pass on this gift: PTB donates 4,000 masks from Chinese colleagues to the City of Braunschweig

Braunschweig's Fire Department will decide where to distribute them

 

It is usually considered impolite to regift presents so soon after receiving them, but the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) is making an exception in this case. PTB…

PTB's International Cooperation exclusively digital at this time

Dear blog visitors, dear friends, dear project partners and, of course, dear experts worldwide,

 

Things have become very quiet in the world, in Germany and at PTB due to the Corona Crisis. Those who can stay at home and work from there are doing so. The…

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