Maldives Standards and metrology

The global economy today centers round technology, standardization, transnational production systems and international competitiveness. The traditional natural boundaries and trade barriers are diminishing with a far reaching technological and industrial developments taking place affecting global economy.

In this regard, the interdependence of nations has increased. This has led to a demand for a common denominator for evaluating and judging quality needs in the world market. The Standardization plays a major role in assimilation of technology, effecting economy in production and stimulating competitiveness.

Standardization encapsulates technological results and becomes instrument for an organized development of industries to meet international challenges for quality.

The non-tariff barriers to international trade have been a subject of intense focus. Standards and conformity assessment systems are the main instruments used by different countries to create barriers for free flow of goods and services. To mitigate obstacles to international trade, the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) has been brought out for facilitating international trade.

Standardization, regulation and conformity assessment systems form core of this agreement as it is widely recognized to support economic development, facilitating trade and improving the quality of life through encapsulating new technologies in usable tools for industry. These benefits have been further reinforced by reference to standards in contracts, legislation, public purchasing and by using them as a basis for certification.

The Ministry of Economic Development established a Standards and Metrology Unit within its structures in 2007, and has ever since, been continuously working on awareness, facilitation of quality assurance and metrology services to businesses in the different industries, close collaboration with relevant stakeholders in adopting technical regulations with relations to technical standards and conformity assessment.

Additionally, the Ministry is currently working on the relevant legislations related to standards, namely the Standards Law.