The A*STAR’s National Metrology Centre (NMC) is the national measurement institute of Singapore, dedicated to advancing measurement science for an innovative and competitive economy
NMC establishes, develops, maintains and disseminates the national measurement standards traceable to the International System of Units, providing key support to a wide spectrum of industry.
Achieving the nation’s highest level of physical measurement through close collaboration with leading national and international organisation.
With a multidisciplinary team of experienced scientists and engineers and state-of-the-art facilities, NMC provides dedicated services to industry partners to meet their specific needs.
NMC believes in working in close collaboration with industry partners, to create values for them and fuel growth for the industry.
Singapore hosted the Consultative Committee for Amount of Substance (CCQM) Working Groups (WGs) Meeting and related events from 1 to 5 November 2010. NMC & Health Sciences Authority (HSA) co-organised the meeting, which was held in Singapore for the first time. At a Symposium on 3 November, which was held in conjunction with the meeting, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Mr. S Iswaran officially announced the establishment of Singapore's national infrastructure that underpins accurate and internationally recognised chemical measurements needed by Singapore-based industry and exporters.
The National Metrology Centre (NMC) of Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and Health Sciences Authority (HSA) co-organised the November 2010 meeting of the CCQM Bioanalysis, Gas Analysis and Organic Analysis Working Groups in collaboration with Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM). The meeting was held from 4 to 5 November 2010 in Orchard Hotel, Singapore. Members of the Gas Analysis Working Group also participated in a workshop on 1 and 2 November to discuss international comparisons on NO2 gas.
CCQM is one of the scientific committees established under the Metre Convention, an international diplomatic treaty undertaking to propagate the use of the International System of Units (the SI) for trade, commerce and scientific purposes, and to form the basis for international agreement on matters related to measurement.
Symposium "Biomeasurement Innovation: Supporting Healthcare for the Future" and "Metrology in Chemistry - Essential for Pollution Control and Climate Change Monitoring"
In conjunction with the CCQM WGs meeting, NMC and HSA also co-organised two Symposia – "Biomeasurement Innovation: Supporting Healthcare for the Future" and "Metrology in Chemistry - Essential for Pollution Control and Climate Change Monitoring", which were held on 2 Nov and 3 Nov, respectively.
The theme of the Symposium on Biomeasurement Innovation is on measurement comparability and quality assurance in biosciences to support the bio-medical and healthcare industry in the future. During the Symposium on Metrology in Chemistry on 3 November, the establishment of Singapore's national metrology infrastructure that underpins the validity of chemical measurements done in Singapore, including those for pollution control and climate change monitoring was announced. Several eminent scientists spoke at the Symposium to highlight the important roles played by national and international organisations in ensuring that analytical results produced are accurate, traceable and accepted worldwide.
Details of the Symposia are as follows:
Mr S. Iswaran, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Education, delivering the opening address as the Guest-of-Honour of the CCQM Symposium on “Metrology in Chemistry – Essential for Pollution Control and Climate Change Monitoring”
Developing the National Infrastructure for Metrology in Chemistry
This year marked an important milestone in the development of our national metrology infrastructure. NMC and HSA jointly developed Singapore's national infrastructure for Metrology in Chemistry under a three-year government funded project which is expected to be ready by 2011.
Chemical metrology can be simply described as the science of achieving traceable analytical data in chemistry. A chemical metrology infrastructure ensures that chemical measurements made in Singapore are reliable and equivalent to International System of Units (commonly known as the SI). With the rapid developments in international trading environment and regulations, it is imperative that chemical measurements made in one country be recognised and accepted and viewed as being fit for purpose by its trading partners.
To strengthen the competitiveness of Singapore's industry and safeguard Singapore's interests in trade, public health and environmental protection, NMC and HSA are putting in place a robust national chemical metrology infrastructure critical for the chemical, pharmaceuticals, food, medical sciences and healthcare industries.
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