UNIDO Global Quality and Standards Programme supported the capacity building for laboratories involved in the Issyk-Kul fruit value chain
19 August 2021
19 August 2021, Kara-Oi village, Issyk-Kul region, Kyrgyzstan - On August 16-18, 2021, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) conducted training on “International standard GOST ISO/IEC 17025-2019 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. Practice of implementation” for personnel of laboratories in Bishkek, Chui and Issyk-Kul regions. This event was initiated within the framework of a joint project of UNIDO and the Ministry of Economy and Finance of the Kyrgyz Republic “Strengthening quality and standards compliance capacity of the fruits value chain to facilitate market access” with financial support from the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).
The three-day training was attended by laboratory specialists of the Center for Standardization and Metrology under the Ministry of Economy and Finance of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Department of Disease Prevention and State Sanitary and Epidemiological Surveillance, the Central Toxicological Laboratory of the Department of Plant Protection Chemicalization of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Kyrgyz Republic, as well as laboratory specialists of enterprises involved in the processing of fruits of the Issyk-Kul region. The training programme focused on improving the competence of laboratories in the ability to obtain reliable results, take actions to manage risks and opportunities, and create the basis for improving the effectiveness of the management system.
The training was provided by Atyrkul Momukulova, Head of the laboratory department of the Kyrgyz Accreditation Center under the Ministry of Economy and Finances of the Kyrgyz Republic. The KCA developed and implemented new policies and procedures to help laboratories meet accreditation requirements.
The head of the sanitary and hygienic laboratory of the Karakol Interdistrict Center for Disease Prevention of the State Sanitary and Epidemiological Supervision, Zharkyn Tabaldieva, informed that her laboratory had been recently accredited for compliance with GOST ISO/IEC 17025-2019 "General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories" by the KCA. For the effective functioning of the laboratory quality management system, she stressed out the importance of systematic training of laboratory personnel.
Training participants were also introduced to UNIDO's LabNet, an online platform of the global laboratory network, by joining which laboratories can disseminate information about calibration, testing and certification services and undergo additional trainings. Barakanov Asylbek, head of the sector for ensuring the uniformity of measurements of the Center for Testing, Standardization and Metrology of Cholpon-Ata, shared that the training would help his centre in the planned preparation of their laboratory for mass and temperature calibration for accreditation following GOST ISO/IEC 17025-2019.
The operation of physico-chemical laboratories in production facilities similarly requires permanent improvement of competence level. Representative of LLC "Agroholding Sazanovsky" Makarenko Zhamilya, said that her company is at the stage of implementation of requirements of GOST ISO/IEC 17025-2019 and GOST ISO/IEC 17020-2012, the successful completion of which will improve the quality of products and access to new export markets.
Such trainings for laboratories under the UNIDO project “Strengthening quality and standards compliance capacity of the fruits value chain to facilitate market access ” are aimed to strengthen their capacity to validate compliance with international markets, ultimately helping to facilitate access to Issyk-Kul fruits and products of their processing to global markets.
For more information:
Makmal Abylova, UNIDO Communications Expert, (312) 900545 (office), +996 773 700 344, email: email@example.com
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