UGANDA – In a stride toward ensuring the highest standards in Uganda’s laboratories, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has unveiled its highly anticipated Inter-Laboratory Comparison (ILC) program for the year 2023.
The Inter-Laboratory Comparison program, as defined by ISO/IEC 17043:2010, is an evaluation process where participant laboratories undergo rigorous testing of their measurement processes.
The comparison of results with other participant laboratories sets a benchmark, enabling continuous improvement and boosting the competence and confidence of laboratory analysts.
This year’s ILC will encompass a diverse range of ten matrices, including Maize flour, UHT Milk, Potable Water, Non-carbonated soft drinks, Cosmetics, Roasted Coffee, Paint, Animal feeds, Cement, and Steel bars.
Participating in the ILC program is not merely a task; it’s a strategic move that empowers laboratories, both public and private, to reach unparalleled levels of proficiency.
Laboratories engaging in this exercise gain a competitive edge by ensuring the quality and accuracy of their test results.
Moreover, this initiative places these laboratories in an advantageous position to acquire and maintain UNBS laboratory recognition, a crucial step towards ensuring that their test results guide product certification decisions effectively.
“This round of ILC exercise is highly recommended for all public and private commercial testing laboratories, including laboratories within manufacturing facilities, that fall under the scope of the ILC, irrespective of size.
This is because the ILC program provides a quality assurance tool to laboratories for comparing performance and taking necessary remedial action to facilitate improvement, with the aim of producing accurate and reliable test results,” reads part of the statement.
How businesses and consumers benefit
The significance of this program transcends the laboratory walls, directly impacting businesses and consumers alike.
By enhancing the competence and confidence of laboratory analysts, businesses can guarantee the quality of their products and services.
UNBS-recognized laboratories provide consumers with the assurance that the products they use and consume meet stringent quality standards.
This trust in the market is paramount, ensuring that Ugandan consumers have access to superior, safe, and high-quality products and services.