NBSM in line to receive international accreditation

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Apr 7, 2015-

The Nepal Bureau of Standards and Metrology (NBSM) will soon be able to issue internationally recognized certification to Nepali exporters of cement, textiles and iron rods. Lack of such facilities in the country has been forcing exporters to obtain the quality assurance certification from laboratories in India.

The NBSM will begin providing certification to exporters after receiving international accreditation of its laboratories which is in the final stages. The certification will allow Nepali exporters to provide quality assurance of their products as per international norms and the requirements of the importing countries.

Director General Bishwa Babu Pudasaini of the NBSM said they had upgraded the calibration and quality testing laboratories and were in the final stages of receiving accreditation from the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL), India.

“The Indian regulatory body has already conducted the final auditing of the upgraded laboratories,” added Pudasaini.

According to him, the NBSM is waiting for the NABL’s confirmation of “non-conformity” testing in five to six categories, most of which are related to environmental issues.

At present, the NBSM can issue ISO 9000 certification to manufacturers through its accredited labs. The accreditation allows the NBSM to certify the quality management system of an organization as per international standards.

Pudasaini said that they were now in the process of receiving accreditation for an additional 42 parameters that would enable them to test the quality of Nepali cement, textiles and iron rods. The accredited laboratories at NBSM can also certify testing for 27 parameters that are related with the measurement and chemical testing of GI wire, noodles and drinking water, among others.

With domestic cement producers eyeing export markets for their products, the accredited laboratories are expected to help them minimize the cost of obtaining certification. Presently, they have to obtain certification from similar laboratories in India. Similarly, it will help exporters of iron products which are one of the country’s top export items.

“After our laboratories receive international recognition, we will be able to issue certification for Nepali products as per the requirement of the importing countries,” Pudasaini said.  

The NBSM has been carrying out upgradation activities with technical support from the PTB (National Metrology Institute) of Germany since 2007.

The government has been providing financial support to set up labs of international standard under its Nepal Trade Integration Strategy 2010. Upgradation of the labs is part of its programme to boost exports by removing non-tariff barriers on trade.

NS certification for 13 products

The Nepal Bureau of Standards and Metrology (NBSM) issued Nepal Standard (NS) certification for 13 products in the first eight months of this fiscal year—eight cement, three  PVC cable, one beer and one iron bar. The NBSM has made NS certification mandatory for 12 products including these four.

Published: 08-04-2015 09:04

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