Qatar adopts world metrology standards
DOHA QATAR has adopted international standards of metrology and seeks to join the International Bureau of Weights and Measures popularly known as BIPM (Bureau International des Poids et Mesures) as a member state in near future, Assistant Undersecretary for Laboratories and Standardisation Affairs at the ministry of environment Dr Mohammed bin Saif al Kuwari has said.
Talking to Qatar Tribune on the sidelines of a two-day workshop on metrology, which kicked off at Holiday Villa on Sunday, al Kuwari remarked, “We have adopted international metrological specifications in Qatar as it is a must for having healthy trade practices on the one hand and environmental protection on the other.” He added, “The GCC countries are also working on a draft law on metrology, which will lead to uniform standardisation of electronic, mechanical and electrical products within the region.
Besides, it will help in facilitating smooth commercial transactions.” Al Kuwari said that the two-day workshop organised by the US-based Agilent Technologies and Qatar’s ministry of environment would help increase general awareness about metrology or the science of measurement of weight or density through exchanges of experts of international acclaim in the field and training of officials of the department, leading to improvement in products’ quality in the long run.
Al Kuwari further pointed out that Qatar boasted of having one of the biggest metrological laboratories within the region, bigger than Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and planned to join the International Bureau of Weights and Measures popularly known as BIPM in the future.
Oliver Grimaud, Agilent Technologies’ Sales Manager for South Europe, Middle East and North Africa, remarked, “Around 80 participants including representatives of the department of metrology from within the GCC and international experts of metrology will discuss a host of issues in the next two days in order to reduce risk of uncertainty in measurement.
He added, “Agility has a track record of facilitating solid metrological infrastructure within Europe by organising regular workshops for seven consecutive years.
We wish to do the same in the GCC region as well. Talks are on, on having a metrological workshop in the region every year to keep the region updated about advancements being made in metrological technologies and to discuss required training for the staff.” The topics to be discussed during the workshop are standards of mechanical calibration, power sensor calibration, advance calibration, system uncertainty and verification, characterisation of VNA, stability of metrology, signal generator and attenuator calibration.