Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) says the country will achieve accreditation in mass and length by the end of 2017 as efforts to establish National Metrology Institute (NMI) are in the pipeline.
Metrology is the science of measurement and its application. It includes all theoretical and practical aspects of measurement.
Speaking during the World Metrology Day commemorations in Blantyre last week, director of metrology Thomas Senganimalunje said currently, a review of the Weights and Measures Act to be replaced by the Metrology Bill is underway.
“Metrology Bill provides for the establishment of NMI, and currently, we are expanding the scope of operations in the short-term, including prepackages inspection, vehicle tanks calibration and water meters calibration,” he said.
Senganimalunje said there are tangible and real efforts at capacity building of the MBS to take up its NMI role.
“These efforts are already bearing fruit. The industry needs to have confidence in the MBS and patronise its services for continued investment which will result in better service delivery,” he said.
Commenting on the day, Senganimalunje emphasised the need for consumers to keep check on the measurements whenever they are buying goods to avoid being duped by some unscrupulous traders who tamper with weighing scales.
United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido) chief technical adviser Francois Denner hailed efforts Malawi has made in the Metrology Department which he said is good for improved trade.
The World Metrology Day is organised and celebrated jointly by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (Bipm) and the International Organisation of Legal Metrology (Oiml).
This year the commemorations were held under the theme Measurements in a Dynamic World. n