PhilMSTQ networks with various stakeholders, including technical experts, members of the academe, and policymakers, to promote a National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) in the Philippines. We have held training courses on metrology, standards, and testing.
It is a highly integrated network of people, systems, and organizations involved in the research, definition, development, and promotion of quality goods, services, and processes. (Source: Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards)
An NQI ensures the quality and safety of products, protects consumers and the environment, boosts the competitiveness of industries, and allows countries to access international markets.
There are three basic components: metrology, standards, and accreditation. Accreditation includes certification, inspection, and testing.
Metrology comes from the Greek words metron (“measure”) and logos (“study”). It is the science of measurement.
Every day of our lives, we make measurements. Think how often you check the time on your watch, weigh fruits and vegetables at the market, or glance at your car’s speedometer.
Correct measurements are of vital importance to us all. As consumers, we need to know that we are getting our money’s worth every time we buy a kilo of rice or a liter of gasoline. When we consult a doctor, we need to have faith in his or her ability to make an accurate diagnosis. Reliable measurements are critical in both situations.
We all depend on “an intricate network of services, suppliers, and communications that rely on metrology for their efficient operation,” states the Bureau of Weights and Measures.
Here are two examples:
A standard is a widely adopted specification, technical recommendation, or similar document.
(Source: International Bureau of Weights and Measures)
Here are two examples of standards:
Standards provide a reliable basis for people to share the same expectations about a product or service.
Standards result in the following benefits:
The difference lies in compliance. While conformity with standards is voluntary, technical regulations are by nature mandatory.
|Standards Technical Regulations||Guidelines Rules||Voluntary Mandatory|
|Established through consensus of concerned parties/stakeholders based on technology and national and international best practices.||Promulgated by authority and complied with concerned groups based on national and international acceptable limits.||Approved and published by recognized Standardization Body Implemented by mandated agency.|
It is the formal recognition by an independent body, generally known as an accreditation body, that a certification body is capable of carrying out certification. Accreditation adds another level of confidence, as “accredited” means the certification body has been independently checked to make sure it operates according to international standards. (Source: International Organization for Standardization)
Accreditation acknowledges that an organization—such as a testing and calibration laboratory or a certification body—has a level of organizational competence that is comparable to other similar organizations that are accredited by the same accrediting body. Accreditation provides customers and regulatory authorities the added confidence in the certificates and reports issued by these organizations.
For a company, using an accredited organization boosts the company’s image and status with its customers and stakeholders. It assures these publics that the company’s products and services have been tested and certified by a reliable organization.
For regulators, the accreditation of organization by an independent third party gives them greater confidence and trust in the services provided by the organization.
Below is an excerpt from “Study on National Quality Infrastructure and Government Regulatory Practices” by Cirila S. Botor and Jon Echanove.
Study Finding Recommendation
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