DAkkS grants accreditation to Rwanda Standards Board
The metrological laboratories for the calibration of weighing instruments of the Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) have been accredited by the German accreditation body Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle (DAkkS). This makes the national laboratories of Rwanda to the first in the country that are now accredited against the international standard ISO/IEC 17025.
The accreditation certificate handover ceremony took place in Kigali on 25th October 2017 and was accompanied by Mr. Michel Sebera, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, as well as by further representatives such as from the RBS, the German Embassy, DAkkS, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) and by delegates from accredited metrological laboratories of Ghana, Ethiopia and Kenya. In his welcome remarks, Mr. Raymond Murenzi, Director General of the Rwanda Standards Board, emphasized that the accreditation of mass, temperature and balance laboratories will pave the way to international recognition not only of the domestic measurements but also of national industrial products in general.
Following the ceremony, a “DAkkS Africa Workshop” was held to inform the attendees on news and developments from DAkkS and the industry, such as the latest updates on ISO 17025 and ISO 17011 as well as on how accredited laboratories can improve continuously their skills within the accreditation process. With regard to the accreditation process of RSB, Jürgen Drees, Head of Department Thermodynamic Quantities of DAkkS summarized that “the procedure has been rewarding in many respects, including the identification of considerable room for improvement in terms of efficiency, safety and quality”. At the button line, he concluded, the gained laboratories’ accreditation “Made in Germany” will finally strengthen products “Made in Rwanda” on a global level.
The project “Improvement of the metrological services” of Rwanda has been started and implemented in 2015 by the PTB on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The result and impact of the project are the qualitative and quantitative improvement of verification and calibration services of RBS in accordance with the need from trade, industrial and health sector. The project has been based on three pillars: firstly, the extension and setting up of laboratory capabilities and quality standards for industrial metrology in order to path the way for international accreditation; secondly, the strengthening of the legal metrology framework; thirdly, the broader integration of RSB in international and regional networks.