Capacity Building for NSI Staff in the Area of Legal Metrology

14 Feb 2012

The NSI has put together a comprehensive capacity building programme to ensure that all staff within the Metrology Division are competent to provide the required service to Industry.   Mr Brian Beard of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specification (NRCS) facilitated the following training courses on two separate sessions from 7-8 November 2011 and 5-9 December 2011:


  • Labelling requirements for pre-packed products and general requirements for the sale of goods based on the SADC Cooperation in Legal Metrology (SADCMEL) document 1 from 7-8 November 2011.
  • Tolerances permitted for the accuracy of measurements made in terms of legal metrology legislation including measurement of goods when pre-packed or when measured at the time of sale or in pursuance of a sale, and requirements for inspection of pre-packages, based SACDMEL document 4, from 5 – 8 December 2011
  • Metrological and technical requirements for liquid measuring devices subject to legal metrology control based on SADCMEL document 4, from 8-9 December 2011.


The following NSI staff members participated: M Blasius, G Mabakeng, V Mundembe, S Sankwasa, S Shikomba, E Naimbwele, E Swartbooi from the NSI Metrology Division; David Nyau, Jason Endjala from NSI Fisheries Inspectorate and L. Tjiriange from Certification department.


In addition to the theoretical training, practical training was also carried out in the laboratory as well as on-site sessions at Bokomo Namibia and Namib Mills. Each participant was assessed after training through an examination at the end of training on each SADCMEL document.


The outcomes of the courses were a sound understanding of the requirements of the SADCMEL documents and the ability to follow the verification test (or inspection) methods. In addition, the division is now in a position to draft and implement its own procedures for verifications and inspections based on the SADCMEL documents and contribute meaningfully to the drafting and administration of a new metrology act and its regulations.


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