The Minister of Trade and Industry, Hon. Alan Kojo Kyeremanteng, has said, the Ghana Standards Authority is the national standards and a conformity assessment body, for all goods and services manufactured or produced within the country. And thus, was appointed as the Administrator of weights and measures.

This he said, allows GSA to acquire, keep and maintain national primary measurement standards and to provide national measurement traceability. The metrology activities he added, are carried out nationwide with office in all the regional capitals, except Upper West.

The Trade Minister continued that, the Standards Authority Act, 1973 (N.R.C.D 175), established the GSA to develop and promulgate standards with the aim of ensuring the production of high quality goods in Ghana for local consumption and export.

The honourable Minister was speaking at the swearing in of the 6 member governing board for the Ghana Standards Authority, at the Trades Ministry on Friday.

Continuing, he said, the national standards body is responsible for development and publications of standards in line with international standards, and in accordance with requirements detailed out in the World Trade Organization agreement, on Technical Barriers to Trade (WTO-TBT)

He also said, GSA is responsible for issuing the respective Ghana Standards Mark of Conformity for confronting assessments, to enhance the National Quality Infrastructure, protect public health and ensure safety of the general public.

Swearing in the members, he initially charged them to see to the passage of the reviewed GSA Bill, as well as to see to the enforcement of the use of weighing scales in the domestic market.

The board is made up of;
1. Dr. Akwasi Achampong as the chairman,
2. Prof. Alexander Nii Oto Dodoo as a member,
3. Hon. Kennedy Osei Nyarko as a member,
4. Mr. Iddrisu Abdulai as a member,
5. Mr. Mark A. Taylor as a member and
6. Dr. Alex Ampofo Donkor also as a member of the governing board.

In that respect, the Minister said “I would like to remind you of the needed support the Ministry, on behalf of the current government will be expecting from you in regards to our 10-point agenda, where we would be expecting GSA, to be advising us on issues of quality, standards and crosscutting issues.”

Hon. Kyeremanteng also quoted, the total number of standards development to date, is one thousand nine hundred and eleven (1,911).

Where GSA, has a standards catalogue with a list of standards developed for the various fields such as; Food, Agriculture, Chemistry, Electro Technical, Building and General Construction, Textiles, Mechanical Engineering, Petroleum, Measurements and Metrology and Management Systems.

The chairman of the board, Dr. Akwasi Achampong, gave the assurance that, they are going to do everything within their powers as a board, to ensure for the development of standards, making use of international recognized procedures. And as well as upgrade the standard of development in initiating stakeholders.

By:Sammy Adjei/Newsghana.com.gh