Rwanda Standards Board capacity building and preparation for accreditation
Posted on: September 24, 2014
The TBT Programme is currently collaborating with the Rwanda Standards Board to reinforce its capacity. More specifically, the capacity building project, is divided into 2 main components: 1) training and preparedness for accreditation; 2) impact assessment of the compliance of the national quality infrastructure with the EAC common market protocol and the WTO/TBT Agreement.
The fist project component started in August 2014. Two experts visited the Rwanda Standards Board to perform a gap analysis in order to determine its readiness for accreditation based on the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 requirements (General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories). The objective of such an analysis was to determine if the Laboratories have documented and implemented a Quality Management System based on the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 to enable them to apply for accreditation. The analysis reveals that the Metrology Division (MD) of the RSB is currently in the process of putting in place a Quality Management System based on ISO/IEC 17025:2005, which represents a good step towards accreditation.
Furthermore, a two-week training programme was also organised for the Metrology Division staff. The first week included training sessions on evaluation of measurement data — Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement (JCGM 100:2008). The second week comprised training sessions on Metrological and Technical Requirements. The training programme covered then key areas of Metrological and Technical requirements, Microbiology Techniques as well as the Evaluation and Measurement of Uncertainty.
These recent achievements of the first project component already show positive signs of preparedness for accreditation. Both the TBT Programme and the Rwanda Standards Board look forward to the implementation of the second project component and further reinforce the capacity of the RSB.