May 20 is World Metrology Day, commemorating the anniversary of the signing of the Metre Convention in 1875. This treaty provides the basis for a worldwide coherent measurement system that underpins scientific discovery and innovation, industrial manufacturing and international trade, as well as the improvement of the quality of life and the protection of the global environment.
The theme for World Metrology Day 2020 is Measurements for global trade. This theme was chosen to create awareness of the important role measurement plays in facilitating fair global trade, ensuring products meet standards and regulations, and satisfying customer quality expectations.
The Grenada Bureau of Standards (GDBS) celebrates with the metrology community World Metrology Day and recognizes the importance measurement play in global trade. As the name suggests, the purpose of choosing this particular theme is to highlight the importance of global trade when it comes to metrology aka role of measurement. Also, several factors are kept in mind with respect to international standards, customer expectation, reliable results amid others. As the quality of life is widely impacted by global trade, the science measurement in today's time plays an indispensable role in the world of innovation.
Apart from ensuring equity in trade, measurement affects every aspect of our daily lives and during this COVID-19 pandemic, measurements have played a critical role in our efforts to combat this virus. The importance of temperature measurements, the testing of safety equipment for compliance to relevant standards are just a few areas where measurements have played a critical role. Reliability of test results, accreditation, metrology, certification and standards are vital to ensure that health services can combat the novel coronavirus, to maintain the continuity of vital supply chains during the lockdown, to develop the new technologies being created to address the crisis, and to ensure occupational health and safety and organizational resilience in the post-crisis period.
Each year World Metrology Day is organized and celebrated jointly by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) and the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) with the participation of the national organizations responsible for metrology.
Protecting the planet with standards
Earth, a finite vessel of life in the vastness of our solar system. Life on earth depends on energy coming from the sun. However, over the last century human and large-scale industrial activities of our modern civilization have added to earth’s natural greenhouse gases. They negatively impact our climate and with it all forms of life. At the same time rapid population growth and broad urbanization call for the responsible use of limited resources.
To reduce human impact on our planet, we need the political will, concrete action and the right tools. International standards are one such tool. The international standards prepared by IEC, ISO and ITU take into account tried and true solutions to technical challenges. They help share expertise and expert know-how broadly within developed and developing countries alike. Standards cover all aspects of energy savings, water and air quality. They lay down standardized protocols and methods of measurement. Their broad use helps reduce the environmental impact of industrial production and processes, facilitates the reuse of limited resources and improves energy efficiency.
The Grenada Bureau of Standards (GDBS) celebrates its 30th year of existence on 25 July 2019. GDBS was formed in 1989 after the passing of Standards Act #6, with Dr Peter Radix appointed as the Director and Albert Xavier as Chairman of the Standards Council.
The bureau was temporarily based in the Science and Technology Building in Tanteen, St George’s. Gordon Lashley designed the logo.
In 1991, Grenada became a member of the Caribbean Common Market Standards Council and in 1995, joined the World Trade Organisation, with GDBS appointed as the WTO Notification and National Enquiry Point for matters relating to standards and technical barriers to trade. Also in 1995, GDBS became a member of the Inter-American Metrology System (SIM).
The Grenada Bureau of Standards became the Codex Contact Point for the International Food Standards Commission of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organisation (WHO) in 1996.
Throughout the years, the bureau has developed over 100 standards covering topics ranging from labelling and packaging to construction materials and is currently working with the Caricom Regional Organisation for Standards & Quality (CROSQ) to harmonise regional standards.
A very memorable event in GDBS’ history is the accreditation of its Analytical Chemistry Laboratory to ISO/IEC 17025: 2005 – General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories in 2016. This laboratory is the first laboratory in Grenada to receive this accreditation and it is the first laboratory within a National Standards Organisation in the OECS to attain such an achievement.
Management expresses the sincerest gratitude to those who have contributed to the work of the bureau and hopes that the relationship remains steadfast as we strive to create a quality consciousness in Grenada.
The public is reminded of the certification of labels programme at the Grenada Bureau of Standards. Certification of labels is compulsory and mandated by law. Therefore, all labels should be submitted to the bureau for certification before the product is offered for sale to the Grenadian market.
Labels can be submitted to the bureau via email address firstname.lastname@example.org or hard copies can be submitted at the office in Queen’s Park, St George’s. The cost of certification is $15 per label.
The following list of labelling standards are available at the Bureau for sale and they can be used as guides to develop labels. It is important to note, there are other product specific standards, which may also contain label requirements.
GDS 1: Pt. 1:1990 – Specification for the Labelling of Commodities – General Principles
GDS 1: Pt. 2: 1990 – Specification for the Labelling of Commodities – Labelling of Prepackaged Goods
GDS 1: Pt. 3: 1990 – Specification for the Labelling of all Products Manufactured from Textiles
GDS 1: Pt. 4: 2018 – Specification for Labelling of Pre-packaged Foods
GDS 1: Pt. 5: 1992 – Specification for the Labelling of Commodities Care – Labelling of Textile Articles
GDS 1: Pt. 7: 1999 – Requirements for Labelling: Labelling of Pesticides and other Toxic Chemicals
GDS 1: Pt. 8: 2001 – Specification for the Labelling of Domestic Electrical Appliances
GDS 41: 1998 – Requirements for the Labelling of Brewery Products (Beer, Stout, Shandy and Malt)
GDS 113: 2012 – Specification for Labelling of Retail Packages of Aerosol Insecticides
GDS 120: 2014 – Labelling of Tobacco Products (including Cigarettes)
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