Reinforcement of the Seychelles Bureau of Standards
Posted on: April 24, 2015
The Seychelles Bureau of Standards (SBS) is the government’s principal body that is mandated to facilitate and to guide the development of appropriate Standardization and Conformity Assessment mechanism for goods and services in the country. SBS provides trade facilitation services in Standards Quality Management, Metrology, Testing (SQMT), Calibration and Certification. Within the major fields of Metrology, SBS is the custodian of the National Metrology SI Units (Mass, Length, Temperature, Volume and Pressure).
With the aim to strengthening Seychelles Bureau of Standards (SBS) Conformity Services, a project was set up by the ACP-EU TBT Programme as the Contracting Authority and the Enabling Environments Ltd. (EE) as the Contractor, to implement the Project “Capacity building to strengthening Seychelles Bureau of Standards Conformity Assessment Service”.
The activities carried out turned around two main areas: 1) the completion of a comprehensive operational auditing of the SBS, the revision of the National Quality Policy Framework and the transfer of knowledge for a better comprehension of the WTO TBT regulation and Quality issues; 2) the development of training sessions on Standardization and Technical Regulation Procedures.
Over 6 months of implementation, carried out by three international experts the project’s results include: the development of a Draft National Quality Policy and a Technical Regulation Policy; the organisation of a national stakeholder workshop to familiarize the stakeholders with the WTO TBT regulation and Quality issues and the implementation of various training sessions. The training activities were based on class room sessions and practical supporting sessions in the laboratories with 39 participants in total. This activity targeted the testing instrumentation laboratory and was attended by all SBS staff members from the Chemistry and some from the Metrology laboratories, as well as from the Fish Inspection and Quality Control Unit.
Based on the results achieved but also on the feedbacks received from the workshop and the trainings’ participants, the project can certainly be considered as successful. But it also reveals that further work might be needed in the country such as in the metrology and the testing sector.