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Metrology and Accreditation


Metrology covers both the theoretical and practical aspects of measurements and can be divided into general metrology (electromagnetic, mechanical, chemical metrology), industrial metrology focused on measurements in production and quality control (calibration procedures and calibration intervals, control of measurement processes and management of measuring equipment). Legal metrology relates to mandatory technical requirements that ensure correct measurements in terms of protection of the consumer.

Metrology provides the technical means to ensure correct measurements by the implementation of a harmonised system of measurement which comprises the International System of Units (SI), accurate measuring instruments complying with international standards, and validated methods and procedures.


Accreditation is the formal recognition of competence and is applied to laboratories, inspection bodies and certification bodies. International activity in accreditation is in the form of co-operation between national or regional accreditation systems, which seek to provide a worldwide accreditation capability through networks of mutual recognition agreements.

(The above definitions have been adopted from “Export Quality Management: An answer book for small and medium-sized exporters.”)

See also
Burundi Bureau of Standards
Kenya Bureau of Standards-KEBS
Rwanda Bureau of Standards-RBS
Tanzania Bureau of Standards-TBS
Uganda National Bureau of Standard-UNBS