Department of Research and Innovation under the Ministry of Education opened officially National Institute of Metrology- Myanmar in Yangon on Monday with the aims to maintain National Measuring Standards, to keep promotes calibration services and to implement verification services to industries and other stakeholders.
Union Minister for Education, Dr. Myo Thein Gyi expressed that National Institute of Metrology is an essential one for the country to catch up with international metrology standards. This institute will promote and provide the needed technical services to support our National Quality Infrastructure that will assist trade, industrial growth, protection of the health and public safety.
National Institute of Metrology is an important one for every country to maintain country’s primary standards. Every country across the globe has to build only one building for National Institute of Metrology.
Director, National Institute of Metrology- Myanmar, Dr. Kyaw Soe Lwin said “The construction of this institute took 2 years. The building was being built by the country’s budget with the support of equipments and others technical assistance from international organizations. Currently, the institute has opened seven laboratories so far and preparations are underway to open next seven laboratories. We have plans to keep seeking membership and participation in international metrology organizations to recognize our institute internationally.”
National Institute of Metrology provides a range of seven calibration services to industry including mass, dimension, pressure, volume, electrical, temperature and Grain Moisture laboratory with a fair price to support SME sectors.
The official from the National Institute of Metrology also explained about Grain Moisture Calibration Laboratory and the future functions of this laboratory.
Deputy Director, National Institute of Metrology- Myanmar, Win Tint said “Myanmar is one of the main exporters and consumers of rice. We export rice to other countries based on weight while the quality and price of rice is decided on the grain moisture content. So we implemented Traceability system for Grain Moisture Content to keep the primary standard of rice. By doing this, it will lead to free trade market without arguments among the industry.”
It’s learnt that National Institute of Metrology has provided dimension, mass and temperature calibration services to about 600 products from over 200 companies in laboratories at present.