The Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) recertified the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) Central Laboratory under its Laboratory Certification Programme as the laboratory continues to meet the requirements of the Guyana Standard (GYS170) – General requirements for the operation of a Laboratory. The renewal certificate, which is valid for two years, was presented on August 16, 2017 by Ms. Rodlyn Semple, Head, Conformity Assessment Department of the GNBS to the Staff of the laboratory.

In addressing those gathered to witness the presentation of the certificate Ms. Semple, commended the staff of GRBD Laboratory for their continued demonstration of commitment towards standards implementation at the national level. The Laboratory conforms to the requirements of the national standard despite its Accreditation to the ISO 17025 (international) standard.

Meanwhile, Ms. Allison Peters, Quality Control Manager of the GRDB and her team of Officers and Technicians took the opportunity to expressed gratitude to the GNBS for its continued support in ensuring conformance to standards and the maintenance of quality in the GRDB Central Laboratory. Ms. Peters also briefly emphasized how crucial the GRDB laboratory is to the export of quality rice from Guyana.

Through its National Laboratory Certification programme, the GNBS determines whether laboratories involved in testing, measurement and or calibration activities are satisfying the criteria outlined in the National Standard.

Laboratories which conform to the requirements of this standard are provided with formal recognition that they have implemented a laboratory management system, thus providing quality assurance for customers as they identify and select reliable testing or calibration services to meet their needs. GNBS also carries out surveillance and monitoring activities during the period of certification to ensure that laboratories are maintaining the system.



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