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WORLD METROLOGY DAY 2016

The 20th of May is World Metrology Day, commemorating the anniversary of the signing of the Meter Convention in 1875. This treaty provides the basis for a coherent measurement system worldwide 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. The theme for the year 2016 is Measurements in a dynamic world. This reflects both the challenge of accurately measuring dynamic quantities, for example the pressures in a combustion chamber, and the rapid pace of change in measurement science today. Across the world, national metrology institutes continually advance measurement science by developing and validating new measurement techniques at whatever level of sophistication is needed. They also participate in comparisons coordinated by the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) to ensure the reliability of measurement results worldwide. The BIPM also provides a forum for its Member States to address new measurement challenges.

Many measuring instruments such as continuous weighing machines, radars for measuring vehicle speed, etc. that are used to measure objects in motion are subject to legal requirements or to regulatory control. Additionally, new technologies constantly change both the way in which these instruments make measurements and the methods needed for their control – “smart” meters for energy or water are one example. The International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) develops International Recommendations, the aim of which is to align and harmonize requirements for these types of instruments worldwide.

In Zimbabwe the World Metrology Day commemorations are jointly organized by the Trade Measures section in the Ministry of Industry and Commerce which is a corresponding member of OIML from 13 February 2011 and the Scientific and Research and Development Centre – National Metrology Institute (SIRDC-NMI) which is an Associate Member to the Meter Convention since 14 September 2010

World Metrology Day recognizes and celebrates the contribution of all the people that work in intergovernmental and national organizations throughout the year on behalf of all.

APPROVED LIST OF EXEMPTIONS FROM THE CONSIGNMENT BASED CONFORMITY ASSESEMENT PROGRAMME (CBCA)

Please be advised that the Minister of Industry and Commerce Honourable M.C Bimha, has approved the following list of exemptions from the CBCA product list:

• Charitable shipments, Donations offered by foreign Governments or international organizations to the Government, to charities, to foundations and to philanthropic organizations recognized as being helpful towards the public, humanitarian goods imported by agencies like WFP, UNHCR, ICT, etc.

• Imports for diplomatic entities and for United Nations organizations for their own use.

• Personal belongings

• Goods destined for duty free shop

All other exemptions will be undertaken on a case by case basis..

NOTICE TO ALL IMPORTERS AND CLEARING AGENTS: IMPLEMENTATION OF A CONSIGNMENT BASED CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT PROGRAMME

The Government of Zimbabwe would like to inform the general public and the business community in particular, that SI No 132 of 2015 to support the CBCA programme was gazetted on 18 December, 2015. Consignments of listed goods not accompanied with this CBCA certificate (either transitional Certificate or Certificate of Conformity) will be refused entry into the country. Be further advised that the extended transitional phase is still in place until the 29th February 2016. Please note that 29th February 2016 refers to the date of shipment in the country of export. However, as from 1st of March 2016, transitional certificates of conformity will no longer be issued as the CBCA programme enters its full implementation stage. To that effect a fully compliant certificate of conformity will be required for the clearance of goods that depart the country of export on or after 1st of March 2016. The business community is therefore, urged to inform their suppliers of these developments. For the detailed list of products under the CBCA programme click here or visit www.verigates.com and contact directly the assessment agent Bureau Veritas Inspection Valuation Assessment and Control.

 

TRADE MEASURES AND SDF REGISTRATION AND APPLICATION FORMS NOW ONLINE

In line with Government policy on e-governance, Standards Development Fund (SDF) as well as Trade measures registration and application forms are now available online. Clients can download the forms in the comfort of their offices, complete and return them through e-mail or submit to our respective Regional Inspectors. Payments (where necessary) can be done at our offices or through the bank (account numbers provided on the forms). Completed forms and proof of payment to be returned to the respective Regional Inspectors whose addresses can be found on this website be sent (scanned copies) via email. The e-mail addresses provided below.