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World Metrology Day: Minister Sayed-Hossen announces the Possible setting up of a National Metrology Institute

Date: May 20, 2013
Domain:Consumer Protection; Business & Industry
Persona: Citizen; Government
 

GIS – 20 May 2013: The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection, Mr. Cader Sayed-Hossen, today launched a workshop at the Mauritius Standards Bureau (MSB), Moka on the occasion of the celebrations of the World Metrology Day. The theme chosen for 2013 is “Measurements in daily life”.
 
The World Metrology Daycommemorates the anniversary of the signing of the MetreConvention on 20 May 1875 by seventeen nations. This treaty provides the basis for a coherent measurement system worldwide.Minister Sayed-Hossen also paid tribute on this occasion to the thousands of metrologistswho silently contribute to ensure that measurements are correct, thus “making the world a safer place to live”. 
 
According to the Minister, measurement underpins the welfare of a modern society by supporting trade, industry, regulations and consumer protection. It touches almost every part of daily life. The World Metrology Day recognises and celebrates the contribution of all the people that work in metrology organisations throughout the year on behalf of all. For Mr. Sayed-Hossen, this  year’s  theme  has been chosen by the Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) and the  International  Organisation of  Legal Metrology, and is meant to  raise  awareness  in the  whole world  that  measurement forms such an integral part of our  daily life  and yet   we take that for granted.
 
“In the course of a typical day it is surprising how often measurements come into play, whether checking the time, purchasing food or produce, filling up a vehicle with fuel, or undergoing a blood pressure check. In the same manner water and electricity are metered and affect our private economies, bathroom scales affect our humour, police speed traps affect us financially, and tyre pressure meters affect our safety on road.These, and countless other activities in daily life, require measurements of one sort or another. Yet accurate measurements are taken for granted nowadays. Most people may not realise that behind all this, there is a world-wide network of Metrology Institutes, Organisations and Metrologists associated with the BIPM who are constantly ensuring, through the application of metrology, that it all works properly”, Mr. Sayed-Hossen said.
 
Moreover, the minister announced that his Ministry is already working on a project for the modernisation of the national metrological infrastructure. Merging of the Metrology Laboratory of the MSB and the Legal Metrology under specific conditions for the creation of a National Metrology Institute (NMI) with its own specifications, stand as one option which is being contemplated. The responsibilities for metrology in Mauritius are currently shared between the Mauritius Standards Bureau and the Legal Metrology Services (LMS) of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection.
 
The Metrology Unit of MSB is currently responsible for Scientific and Industrial Metrology within the National Metrology Infrastructure. The responsibilities of MSB include the custody and maintenance of the national measurement standards and the provision of internationally recognised measurement traceability to the International System of units (SI) through calibration services offered to the public and private sector including the Legal Metrology Services.
 
The LMS is responsible for the administration of the Legal Metrology Act, whose main objective is the control of weighing and measuring instruments used in trade and the protection of the public in the purchase of goods by weight or measure.  The LMS has been offering an on-request calibration service (industrial metrology) to other organisations, both public and private, in the fields of mass, length and volume for same accuracy level as that in trade.
 
Furthermore, according to the Minister, Metrology is recognised as one of the three pillars essential for sustainable development in a country. This implies that a sound metrological infrastructure in any country is increasingly becoming an essential tool for global trading, quality control, research and technological advancement.  “This requires more than simply the production of better products at better prices, since the potential customer in the global system also needs to be convinced of the quality and compliance of the product which must be proven by reliable tests reports and conformity assessments.  Metrology is thus central to the manufacturers, suppliers and customers of goods and services and they must all have confidence in the accuracy and reliability of the measurements made at every level of precision”, he stated.
 
The MSB was established as a Division of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry by the Standards Act (1975) and became a body corporate governed by the Mauritius Standards Bureau Act (1993). The overriding focus of the MSB is to help turn Mauritius into a quality manufacturing and service centre. The Bureau’s main areas of activity are Metrology, Standards, Testing and Quality Assurance.
 
Mauritius  is   now  an  Associate  Member of  the International Bureau of  Weights  and Measures (BIPM)  and  a  signatory to the Mutual Recognition Arrangement  of the International Committee of Weights and Measures  (CIPM/MRA), since 2011. 
 
This recognition also stands as one of the most essential criteria of the International Laboratory Accreditation   Cooperation   (ILAC)   for providing signatory status to our accreditation body (MAURITAS).  The MSB also holds the chairmanship of SADCMET -The SADC Cooperation for Measurement Traceability for a two year term. The MSB is a full member of SADCMET whose main objective is the elimination of Technical Barriers to Trade related to measurement traceability to the international system of units (SI) within the fourteen member states of SADC.
 
Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: infserv@intnet.mu Website:http://gis.gov.mu
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