Home / Business/ Generating local capacity for proficiency testing services

Generating local capacity for proficiency testing services

Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Tuesday, 11 December 2018 00:41



The Sri Lanka Accreditation Board (SLAB) in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) organised a conference on Proficiency Testing (PT) and inter-laboratory testing for assessors and laboratories on 26 November at the Hilton Colombo Residencies. Following this event, a four-day workshop for Proficiency Testing Providers (PTP) took place from 27 to 30 November also at the Hilton Colombo Residencies.

Natarajan Ventakeswaran Director of the National Accreditation Board of Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) in India

The conference shed awareness on the requirements of ISO/IEC 17043:2010 (general requirements for PT) and of ISO/IEC 13528:2015 (statistical methods for use in PT by inter-laboratory comparison) and the workshops provided in-depth training on these standards. The conference featured the presence of 81 participants representing over 22 policy institutions as well as PTPs. The workshops were attended by 22 assessors from SLAB.

These events took place within the framework of the EU-Sri Lanka trade-related assistance project funded by the EU.

During stakeholder consultations for the drafting of the National Quality Infrastructure Strategy that was approved by Cabinet in July as part of the National Export Strategy, the UNIDO identified that Sri Lanka does not have PTPs that are accredited. Participation in PT is essential for testing and calibration laboratories to gain accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2017. The primary objective of PT is to provide information and support to participating laboratories to enable them to monitor and to improve the quality of measurements. This instils confidence in laboratory staff and users of laboratory services. By identifying testing or measurement problems, comparing operator capabilities, generating reference materials, and determining method precision and accuracy, regulators and accreditation bodies will be able to confirm competent performance. 

Currently, all Sri Lankan laboratories obtain PT services from international PTPs, which are costly, time consuming, and not easily accessible. To bridge this gap in Sri Lanka’s national quality infrastructure, UNIDO aims to generate local capacity to provide PT services by facilitating SLAB’s accreditation process and equipping qualified assessors across the island. 

The keynote speaker was Additional Secretary (Research) of SLAB H.M.B.C. Herath, followed by Director of the National Accreditation Board of Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) in India Natarajan Ventakeswaran, a prominent expert on ISO 17043, who led the sessions at the conference and the subsequent four-day workshops.

Share This Article

Facebook Twitter


1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.


Today's Columnists

No more stones to break Sri Lankan bones

Friday, 19 April 2019

Trial by fire is not a new ordeal to Christian community. It predates Notre Dame and Nazism by millennia. In fact, a decade or so before Nero torched believers to light Roman avenues, Jewish religious leaders put Jesus-followers to the test as the Ch

Wounding the social psyche

Friday, 19 April 2019

In this article, I intend to discuss the serious wounds inflicted on the psyche of Sri Lankan society, which have not received adequate attention, but need immediate cure, for they might develop into a dangerous cancer if not treated without further

What 5G could be to Game of Thrones (and vice versa)

Friday, 19 April 2019

We will be hearing a lot about these two seemingly unrelated topics this month. In a hurriedly but meticulously organised event, Dialog Axiata recently demonstrated 5G applications for the first time in South Asia. 5G will be commercially available

On time – Only for a week! A must-change!

Thursday, 18 April 2019

We are in April and the month where we witness the declaration of a new year as per our traditional practice. It is that period of time when a huge majority of our population, which certainly can be counted in millions, intends to act in unison and q

Columnists More