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In an effort to promote the transition towards sustainable economic development in developing and transition countries by improving the Quality infrastructure and laboratory quality management of businesses and other organizations, the Industrial Technology Institute (ITI) of Sri Lanka conducted a ten days study tour for the Quality Managers and Microbiologist from Pakistan under the sponsorship of Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA) Programme of United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Pakistan. The programme specifically focused on providing hands on experience on implementation of laboratory quality management system in conformity to ISO 17025:2005 standard for testing laboratories.


The training programme, which was held on from 18th March to 29th March 2013 provided the participants much needed exposure by interacting with the ITI scientists and laboratory staff who have strived to achieve International Accreditation status for their laboratories since 2002. The study tour was planned on the advice of the UNIDO International Expert on Laboratory Accreditation, Dr. Upali Samarajeewa who strongly believes that such an exposure visit will be immensely helpful to Pakistan scientists to achieve significant strides through the implementation of ISO 17025 laboratory quality management system in their organization. ITI had been closely associated with training Pakistan Scientists in the field of Laboratory Accreditation since 2005 and this is the fifth group to benefit from the experience of ITI along with several other groups of scientists from Vietnam, Nigeria, West Africa and Laos (through UNIDO) and Maldives. The need to strengthen the country's testing capabilities in the areas of chemical, microbiological and calibration, with such exposure visits to laboratories, which have already achieved the required international levels, has been stressed previously.


Dr. Ali Abbas Qazilbash, Programme Officer, Laboratory Accreditation & SPS Compliance, Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA) Programme, UNIDO, Pakistan, facilitated the initiation of the programme.

In the welcome address of Dr.G.A.S.Premakumara, Director of the ITI drew the participants' attention to the overall objective of the programme of implementation of ISO 17025 at their laboratories and the long term friendship between the two countries.

Project coordinator, UNIDO Integrated Industrial Development Project of Sri Lanka, Mr. Sarath Abeysundara, addressing the opening ceremony stressed the importance of scientific institutions partnerships in supporting the development of the countries in the region and the role of UNIDO intervention in such endeavors. In his message, he also mentioned the support given to the ITI for the establishment of accreditation at its laboratories and that now ITI has become a model institute and training facility to carry forward the programme in other countries.


Seven participants attended the programme and the group was composed of 3 quality mangers and 4 microbiologist form Pakistan government institutions. Dr. Upali Samarajeewa and Ms. Subadra Jayasinghe, UNIDO International experts for implementation of laboratory accreditation in Pakistan were also present at the opening ceremony and provided much needed guidance to make this venture a succes.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 11:08

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