The Programme aims at developing the quality infrastructure of the non-UEMOA countries funded by the EU and implemented by UNIDO. UNIDO Expert Dr, Vellingiri visited Sierra Leone and conducted a need assessment of Metrology in Sierra Leone. Dr. Vellingiri’s study came up with the following:
- Plan for the construction of a new metrology laboratory that can be used to calibrate the equipment of the Microbiology, chemical and the Petroleum laboratories established at the Sierra Leone Standards Bureau.
- Identification and costing of the calibration equipment needed for Sierra Leone calibration services.
- Membership to international bodies such as OIML and AFRIMETS.
- Designing of the Metrology Laboratory lay out and Bills of Quantity.
- Training of staff in metrology areas and ISO17025 for inter-laboratory comparison in depth for six months.
Physilkalisch Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) in 2009 recommended that SLSB develop metrology in two phases:
- Phase 1- Setting up the Mass, Volume and Length Laboratories for accreditation, with state of the art equipment that can be traceable for certification.
- Phase 2- Setting up the Pressure, Temperature and Electricity laboratories for accreditation.
TRADCOM FACILITY PROJECT (December 2010)
The EU TRADECOM Facility project- Technical Assistance to address issues in Metrology is presently on-going and the objectives of the project are as follows:
- Improve the institutional capability of SLSB for the development of Standards infrasture in the country.
- Provide high level technical assistance to help develop national quality standards in Metrology.
Introduction of the Metric System(S I Units) In 2010, the Metrology Technical Committee (MTC) revised the Weights and Measures Act No 22 of 1962 and recommended to the National Standards Council that Sierra Leone needs to adopt the metric system for the country. The Weights and Measures Act No 5 of 2010 was signed into law in July stating the metric system as being the legal system of units to be used in the country.
On May 1st 2011 Sierra Leone implemented the metric system in the Petroleum sector where all metric compatible flow meters, bulk meters and the petrol dispensing pumps changed from gallon to litre. The general trade and commerce sector is yet to go metric.
Metrology Laboratory The Metrology Laboratory construction has dual funding: Technical Civil Work- NORWAY/FINLAND PROJECT General Civil Work- GOVERNMENT OF SIERRA LEONE The construction of the building is currently in progress. Norway/Finland Government funding is $150,000 and the GOSL $350,000. WAQP is providing the project with laboratory equipment. Completion of Metrology Laboratory in 2013 Procurement of additional metrology equipment in mass, volume, length, temperature.