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METROLOGY - The Science of Measurement

METROLOGY which is defined as the science of measurement (NOT Meteorology – the science of weather phenomena) is an important aspect of the role and mandate of the Antigua and Barbuda Bureau of Standards (ABBS) to the Antiguan and Barbudan economy.

The Metrology Act (No. 17 of 2007), established a National Metrology Service, to be administered by, and form part of the operations of the ABBS. It further appoints the Director of the Bureau as the custodian of the national measurement standards.

The Metrology Act 2007 also established the International System of Units (SI) as the legal system of units for measurements made in Antigua and Barbuda but allows the British Imperial System of Units to be concurrently used (due to its wide-spread use, and in specialized fields) with a view to being phased out. The Act also gives the Bureau the responsibility for dissemination of the authorized units of measurement. In this regard the Bureau has therefore resumed the process of transitioning to the use of the International System of Units (SI) as the legal units of measurement in Antigua and Barbuda. This official or legal transition from non-metric units to the SI is called Metrication.

Correct measurements, because they facilitate and regulate commercial transactions, are necessary to establishing conformity of a product or service to existing quality standards. This in turn gives assurance, to consumers, of the quality of the products and services offered.

Correct measurements, because they facilitate and regulate commercial transactions, are key to establishing if a product or service conforms to existing quality standards. This in turn gives assurance, to consumers, of the quality of the products and services offered. Currently the Bureau is developing services which will support the implementation of the Metrology Act 2007. These services include inspection, testing, calibration and verification of weighing and measuring instruments. Industries, businesses and public and private sector service providers are already making use of some of the calibration and verification services for checking their weighing instruments. These services highlight the importance of accurate measurements for meeting safety requirements in a number of services and for ensuring fairness in trade for both retailers and consumers of goods and services sold by weight or measure.

 

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  1. Standards Act
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