The Metrology Division was established in September, 2006, to develop the infrastructure for the implementation of the Metrology Act No. 18 of 2004, together with the Metrology Regulations and Quantities of Goods Regulations.
The Metrology Act was assented to in both houses of Parliament in 2004 and was proclaimed in May, 2015. This legislation addresses issues fundamental to measurement in Trinidad and Tobago. Measurement provides structure, removes chaos, reduces waste, ensures open and fair markets, supports precision where required, and saves lives, money and time.
Upon proclamation of the Act, the International System of Units (SI) became the primary system of measurement in Trinidad and Tobago and the basis upon which all units of measurement are determined.
The Metrology Division comprises three units:
Calibration Services Unit (CSU)
Standards Laboratory Unit (SLU)
Legal Metrology Inspectorate (LMI)
All calibrations are conducted in strict accordance with national and/or international standards.
From a trade or commerce perspective, consumers and traders make decisions based on measurement results daily; measurements that affect economic and personal well-being. Thus, a well-functioning society must have confidence in its measurements.
Governments therefore need to give society the means to establish confidence in measurement results, so that traders, consumers, regulators, industry and others can make informed decisions based on accurate measurements. This is a role supported and facilitated by a sound legal metrology system. In fact, public trust in good measurement enforcement encourages respect for and compliance with the law.
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