20th September , 2023 , Hits: 935
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has launched this year’s Inter-Laboratory Comparison program, used to demonstrate competency and validate laboratories’ measurement processes for a particular measurement discipline. The development is aimed at supporting the ever-growing laboratory infrastructure in the country, in line with the UNBS mandate of enhancing competitiveness through standardisation and conformity assessment.
Inter-Laboratory Comparison (ILC) refers to the evaluation of a participant laboratory’s performance against pre-established criteria by comparing the participant laboratory’s results to results of other participant laboratories in the same ILC round.
According to ISO/IEC 17043:2010 Conformity assessment — General requirements for proficiency testing, an Inter-Laboratory Comparison is the organization, performance and evaluation of measurements or tests on the same or similar items by two or more laboratories in accordance with predetermined conditions,
This year (2023), ten (10) matrices will be tested and these include; Maize flour, UHT Milk, Potable Water, Non-carbonated soft drinks, Cosmetics, Roasted Coffee, Paint, Animal feeds, Cement and Steel bars.
This round of ILC exercise is highly recommended for all public/private commercial testing laboratories including laboratories within manufacturing facilities that fall under the scope of the ILC irrespective of size. This is because the ILC program provides a quality assurance tool to laboratories for comparing performance and taking necessary remedial action to facilitate improvement, with an aim of producing accurate and reliable test results.
All interested laboratories/institutions are encouraged to register for participation by filling the ILC registration form 2023 available on the UNBS website via link https://unbs.go.ug/content.php?src=unbs-inter-laboratory-comparison and submit the filled UNBS ILC registration form to the ILC Coordination desk using email: firstname.lastname@example.org by 30th September 2023 or CALL +256 700 338383 / +256 703452320.
Participating in ILC programs helps businesses by;
The ILC benefits above will in turn have Consumers access better, safe and quality products and services given that results are from credible laboratories.
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is a Government Agency responsible for developing, promoting and enforcing of national standards in the protection of Public Health and Safety, and the Environment against harmful and sub-standard products.
For more information, please contact:
Principal Public Relations Officer,
Uganda National Bureau of Standards,
Bweyogerere Industrial Park,
Plot 2 - 12, Kyaliwajala Road,
P.O Box 6329 Kampala, Uganda.
Mobile Tel: 0703196903
Office Tel: 256 417 333250/ Toll Free Line: 0800133133/0800233233