Deplored shortcomings in the metrology sector in the DRC, according to APROMEN

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Kinshasa, May 23th, 2021 (CPA).– The president of the Association for the promotion of metrology and standardization (APROMEN), Bertin Ntumba, indicated on the occasion of the world metrology day celebrated on May 20th of each year, whose theme for this year is: « Measuring for health », that there are shortcomings in the metrology sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He cited in particular the existence of legislation, which he described as incomplete, characterized by outdated texts namely the Royal Decree of 1910; a very weak and inconsistent practice given the current challenges of economic integration, modernization and emergence characterized by the use in everyday trade of inadequate tools and references such: the Sakombi; the Mupiku, Ekolo, the Turbo, the Bag; the almost generalized flat-rate invoicing of basic foodstuffs such as water and electricity as well as the proposal for the Law on Metrology and Standardization adopted by the Senate since 2014, but which is still pending at the National Assembly. For Bertin Ntumba, this situation tarnishes the image of national trade, and constitutes a source of conflict and a brake on national, regional and international integration as well as sustainable development. To overcome this, APROMEN has decided for several years to organize training on the fundamentals of Metrology and Standardization in Kinshasa with the ambition to extend it within the country insofar as the metrology, considered to be the science of measurement and its applications, it allows any manufacturer or any company to master the measurement process. According to the president of APROMEN, the objective pursued by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) and the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) by choosing the theme of this year 2021, is to raise awareness of the international community important role that measurement plays in the health, and therefore in the well-being of each of us. “Any measurement carried out in relation to health obeys predefined methods, both for common cases such as the temperature of the human body, heart rate, arterial pressure and the dosage of the active principle in drugs and those more complex such as determination of x-ray doses, medical imaging devices, vaccine reliability, etc.”, He clarified, before declaring that no one can imagine a world without balance to evaluate the masses, without thermometer to measure the temperature, without laboratories, without measuring instruments in industries to ensure the quality of works and products. ACP/