• World Metrology Day


    May 20 is World Metrology Day, commemorating the anniversary of the signing of the Metre Convention in 1875. This treaty provides the basis for a worldwide coherent measurement system that underpins scientific discovery and innovation, industrial manufacturing and international trade, as well as the improvement of the quality of life and the protection of the global environment.


    Across the world, national metrology institutes - NMI (KEBS is the designate NMI in Kenya) continually advance measurement science by developing and validating new measurement techniques at the necessary level of sophistication. The national metrology institutes participate in measurement comparisons coordinated by the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) to ensure the reliability of measurement results worldwide.


    The International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) develops International Recommendations, which aim to align and harmonise requirements worldwide in many fields. The OIML also operates the OIML Certification System (OIML-CS) which facilitates international acceptance and global trade of regulated measuring instruments. Weights and Measures Department is a member and designate representative of Kenya at the OIML under legal metrology.

    These international metrology systems provide the necessary assurance and confidence that measurements are accurate, providing a sound basis for global trade today and helping us to prepare for the challenges of tomorrow.

    World Metrology Day recognises and celebrates the contribution of all the people that work in intergovernmental and national metrology organisations and institutes throughout the year.

    Weights and Measures Department together with the sister organization; Kenya Bureau of Standards are jointly holding these celebrations under the main theme of “Measurement for Health”. COVID-19 has exhibited a big challenge and the health of human kind has been compromised in the whole world. Amidst those challenges, measurement has equally remained part and parcel of everyone and therefore the need to have all equipment used in measurement in health sector be certified.


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