Technical Assistance To Commodity-Testing Laboratories In Uganda
Uganda wishes to develop a robust program to export commodity crops to the USA, EU, and Japan. For these markets,
chemical analyses of commodities must have sufficient accuracy and reliability to comply with international standards.
To help these laboratories operate to international standards, an IOCD team of four scientists visited Kampala, Uganda,
from 19 to 26 October 2005, where they toured laboratories selected by the Uganda Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry
(MTTI). The IOCD scientists met with the analytical chemists in these laboratories to discuss the difficulties they
experience in attaining test results with the required level of accuracy and reliability.
MTTI requested that IOCD focus its follow-up efforts on one laboratory, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS).
Accordingly, the IOCD Working Group is now working with UNBS to determine the priorities for the collaboration. Since
the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has allocated funds for its cooperation with IOCD in
implementing the follow-up phase of this project, IOCD is discussing with IUPAC the possibility of utilizing the funds
in actions designed to remedy specific problems and needs of UNBS. This may include arranging for IUPAC scientists to
visit the UNBS as consultants on specific problems or for African scientists to go to IUPAC laboratories on short-term visits.