Yemen celebrates World Day of Standardization,Goods subject to specifications & standardization [Archives:2004/780/Business & Economy]

October 11 2004

Mahyoub Al-Kamaly
Yemen has traversed a good distance in increasing its capacity in the area of specifications and standardization, which is currently acquiring its significance under the age of globalization, commercial openness, market liberalization, and increase of production.
Yemen's celebration of the World Day of Standardization on 14 October each year.
Yemen government, represented by the state authority of specifications and standardization, has taken forward steps towards the achievement of safety for the society and qualifying local products for exportation.
Yemen has welcomed the attention given to the question of standardisation starting from the phase of legislation to that of execution in defining standardisation and specifications. In this regard, the first bill on this field and tools for weighing was issued in 1991. The law also covered the question of quality control. The authority managed to practice all means for the goal for which it had been established in this field.
The authority has ever since been keen to be present at all land and sea inlets for monitoring imported goods and commodities and to subject them to conformity and the test of their quality standards. The authority has up to now managed to cover six inlets in the governorates of Aden, Hudeida, Taiz, Hadramout, Hardh and Ibb. It is planning to open more bureaus in Mahara, Baqaa and Wadeea. The authority practices also it takes in being ascertained of the extent of the national industry conformity to standard specifications and suitability for human health.
With the use of its laboratories, the authority applies tests and analysing according to categorization of imported goods at customs crossings. It has also equipped its laboratories with modern and developed equipment worth YR 200 million.
Taking official figures into account, the authority managed during the first half of this year to examine and test more than 1617 samples, 549 are food samples, 783 microbiological tests and 158 chemical and petrochemical products, 78 samples of textile, plastic and leather products and 49 samples of construction engineering materials.
Figures of other tests amounted to more than 1334 samples came to the authority from branches. It has issued about 856 assessment reports about food products, 413 of which were in conformity to standards and 413 had not met them. The authority has also depended 817 standard specifications for various types of goods.
On the other hand, the authority has embarked on the execution of a project on a system pertaining to food control and application of international standardisation 2000-9000 on requirements of quality management systems.