Inauguration of Belize Bureau of Standards New Metrology Laboratory Print
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Thursday, 04 May 2017 00:00

The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) in the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce, in collaboration with Government of Belize (GOB) and the European Union (EU), officially opened its new Metrology Laboratory on April 28, 2017 at Power Lane, Ministry of Works Compound in the City of Belmopan.

The Metrology lab will be responsible for setting measurement standards to serve as the basis for ensuring equity in the marketplace and as a reference for calibration services throughout the country.

The lab was constructed with funding from the European Union and the Government of Belize under the Belize Rural Development Project (BRDP II) at an approximate cost of 1.4 Million Euros or 3.2 Million BZE. This included the physical structure and laboratory equipment.

The facility currently has six (6) laboratories to make reliable metrological measurements principally of mass, volume, length, temperature and pressure. The Metrology Laboratory is the first of its kind in Belize and is the first purpose-built, state-of-the-art metrology facility within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

With this acquisition, Belize now joins other countries in the Caribbean region like Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago that have had a longer history in offering metrology services.

Director of the Belize Bureau of Standards, Jose E. Trejo, says the Bureau will immediately begin work “to obtain international recognition for these capabilities and eventually increase the range and accuracy to meet the needs of its clients such as regulators, industry, manufacturers, exporters and consumers.