Saint Lucia, via the Metrology Department of the Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards (SLBS), has become the first Caribbean country to receive the prestigious Developing Countries Award for Excellent Achievements in Legal Metrology (2015) from the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML).
The award was announced at the 50th meeting of the International Committee of Legal Metrology, CIML, held in Arcachon, France on Oct. 20 – 22.
The OIML is the world’s premiere body for legal metrology and is an intergovernmental treaty organization which was established to develop regulations and standards for use by legal metrology authorities. Legal metrology which traditionally was called weights and measures, is the application of legal requirements to measurements and measuring instruments.
Saint Lucia’s award recognizes what the OIML says is “steady and sustained progress in the area of legal metrology over the last 22 years.”
It noted the significant contribution of the SLBS to legal metrology in Saint Lucia and the Caribbean, despite Saint Lucia being a Small Island Developing State.
Saint Lucia is the smallest country to receive this major accolade from the OIML in the Award’s seven-year history.
The SLBS, energized by the award will, by continuous improvement, ensure that its services in metrology, standardization and conformity assessment are world class.
SLBS Director Dr. Mkabi Walcott expressed appreciation for such recognition from an international body, noting that such an award was as a result of the commendable work of the staff of the Metrology Department over the past 22 years.
Mr. Anselm Gittens, the head of the Metrology Department, will receive the award during the Annual General Assembly of the Inter-American Metrology System (SIM) to be held in the Dominican Republic in November.