Development of Metrology Capacity
The main aim of this 30 month project, starting in March 2016, is to develop analytical laboratory services to the level where they can be relied upon to support the analysis of foodstuffs and products in compliance with EU rules and regulations, but with priority on food safety. The focus is on upgrading the laboratories that undertake testing on water, processed foods, agricultural produce, animal origin food products and animal diseases with European Union and international standards. Legal metrology is a key tool bringing many social and economic benefits, ensuring the safeguarding of the health and welfare of all citizens, the protection of the environment, and accuracy and fairness in trade operations. Main project activities include: • Review the laboratory related institutional framework and make recommendations; • Undertake an assessment of existing and needed laboratory equipment, providing for subsequent EU funded equipment supply; • Design and implementation of a training plan; • Undertaking of study visits; • Capacity building in the application of Laboratory Management Systems; and • Assistance in the preparation of quality assurance documentation.