EAC approves quality standards regulations for member states

The East African Standards Committee (EASC) has approved regulations to enhance the operationalization of the EAC Standards, Quality Assurance, Metrology and Testing Act (SQMT) of 2006
Glora Nyoka Joseph, Executive Director of South Sudan National Bureau of Standards speaks during a press conference on Tuesday in Juba (Photo by Awan Achiek)

By Awan Achiek

The East African Standards Committee (EASC) has approved regulations to enhance the operationalization of the EAC Standards, Quality Assurance, Metrology and Testing Act (SQMT) of 2006.

Glora Nyoka Joseph, Executive Director for the South Sudan National Bureau of Standards on Tuesday disclosed that the standards, quality assurance, metrology and testing strategic plan  for 2023/28 was approved during the meeting held in Arusha, Tanzania last week.

The regional integration agenda on standard and quality chaired by South Sudan was held from 8th to 10 May.

“As EAC, we don’t have all equipment in partner states and this is why we want to harmonize the standards and work with the same standards within the region, it helps me for example to take a sample from South Sudan and test it in DR Congo,” Nyoka told journalists at a press conference in Juba.

Nyoka said they are partnering with the Markup 2 project,  a regional development initiative that provides support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the East African Community  to support the process of standardization and modernization of Gum Arabic, cocoa and coffee.

“The Markup 2 project is to help partner states on identifying some of the commodities in each country, for example in South Sudan, they will be supporting the process of standardization and modernization of Gum Arabic, cocoa and coffee,” she said.

She said harmonizing standards will help to meet conformity assessment.

Nyoka said that harmonization of standards is expected to increase efficiency in the movement of goods, the pace of trade and reduce costs associated with assessments.

“We have women who are producing products within the country, so implementing these standards becomes an opportunity for them to gain the certification for their products and then they will have a quality mark, and once you have a quality mark, your product can be sold in other countries and even at the continental level,” she disclosed.

The international organizations and African regional standards organizations will help build the capacity of the region to meet international standards, said Nyoka.

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