NMISA is mandated under the department of trade and industry's measurements units and standards Act 18 of 2006, to keep the National Measurement Standards for South Africa and ensure international equivalence of our measurement units.
NMISA plays a leading role for Chemical Metrology in Africa, as an active member of the Consultative Committee for Amount of Substance: Metrology in Chemistry and Biology (CCQM) of the International Committee of Weights and Measures (CIPM), and chair of the Intra-Africa Metrology System (AFRIMETS) technical committee for Amount of Substance (TC-QM).
NMISA furthermore is actively involved in the UN Food and Agricultural Organization-International Atomic Energy Agency (FAO-IAEA) Africa Food Safety Network, composed of over 33 African countries' mandated food safety monitoring laboratories.
We are committed to supporting trade and industry through the provision of fit-for-purpose Africa-relevant measurements, reference materials and PT schemes to support food safety testing laboratories whose measurements safeguard consumers health and fair trade both internationally and within the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTFA) agreement.
In 2020, NMISA's Chemistry, Materials and Medical Metrology Division will be hosting the Africa Food Safety Workshop in collaboration with the FAO-IAEA Africa Food Safety Network, to promote standards, reliable methods of analysis and interinstitutional cooperation for better food safety controls. The workshop will take place under the theme “Food safety capacity building for greater public health and promoting international trade initiatives" in the form of lecturers, posters and discussions from 6 to 10 July 2020 in Johannesburg; covering the following topics:
- Methods of analysis: Pesticides, mycotoxins, marine biotoxins, phycotoxins, veterinary drug residues, heavy metals, persistent organic pollutants and radionuclides
- Microbiology testing and antimicrobial resistance;
- Measurements standards and proficiency testing to build and maintain scientific capacity
- Risk analysis, Sanitary and Phytosanitary requirements
- Monitoring and surveillance programmes;
- Quality infrastructure, supporting trade and AfCFTA.