Minister of Energy, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Kerrie Symmonds. (FP)

Minister of Energy, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Kerrie Symmonds, has emphasised the importance of maintaining acceptable standards in achieving the highest quality of medical products and services.

The Minister expressed this view in a recent message to mark World Metrology Day, celebrated this year under the theme: Measurement for Health

Mr. Symmonds reasoned that the theme was chosen to create awareness about the importance of measurement in health and the well-being of everyone. 

The Minister said attainingthe highest quality of medical products and services, require forging a strong partnership between Government and the private sector in maintaining a modern and internationally accepted “framework of relevant policies, legislation, regulations and practices that support and enhance the quality, safety and environmental soundness of goods and services produced”.

He added: “The whole production process must be based on standardisation, metrology, accreditation, conformity assessment and market surveillance.”  

Mr. Symmonds said the COVID-19 pandemic had compromised the physical health of millions of people around the world and has claimed the life of nearly three and a half million people so far.

“It has disrupted economies and caused disruptions that overwhelmed the capacity of health systems and other social infrastructures in both industrialised and developing countries across the globe. More than a year later after the start of the pandemic, the economic outlook for countries, globally, remains uncertain.”

World Metrology Day is observed every year on May 20, to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the Convention in 1875.

julie.carrington@barbados.gov.bb

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