The Rwanda project Team Leader meet the DEVCO Cooperation Officer in Kigali

Posted on: October 31, 2014

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On Friday 17th of October 2014, Dr. Konstantinos Athanasiadis, Team Leader of the project titled "Strengthening the capacity of Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) conformity assessment services towards Accreditation" met Mr. Tarik Kubach, International Aid / Cooperation Officer - Rural Economy, Food Security and Decentralisation, EU DG DEVCO E2, in the premises of the EU Delegation in Kigali.

During the meeting, Dr. Athanasiadis presented the TBT Programme in general and more in details the capacity building intervention to the Rwanda Standards Board currently under implementation in Kigali. Dr. Athanasiadis also recalled the three specific objectives of the project and the related work performed:

  1. The gap analysis of RSB Laboratories targeted for accreditation purposes
  2. The capacity building of the Quality Testing Laboratories and the support to the RSB in the process of accreditation of Metrology and Biotechnology laboratories
  3. The assessment of the national compliance with the EAC common market protocol and the WTO/TBT Agreement.

During the discussions, a special attention was given to the importance of the accreditation process according to the ISO 17025:2005 International standard requirements and the National Quality Testing Laboratories  (NQTLD) and to the reinforcement of the RBS National Metrology Services Division (NMD).

Finally Mr. Kuback acknowledged the importance of the support provided to the Rwanda Standards Board and confirmed his participation to the final workshop during which the project results and recommendations will be presented.

Mr. Kubach recognized the good work undertaken so far by the project team and he wished a fruitful continuation.

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