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Vol. 28 No. 6
November-December 2006

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Emerging Issues in Developing Countries

This series seeks to inform readers, explore new ideas, and promote discussion on themes related to developing countries and emerging analytical communities. Articles in this series are available from <www.iupac.org/publications/ci/indexes/emerging-issues.html>.

Standardization of Analytical Approaches and Analytical
Capacity-Building in Africa

by Robert Maybury, Walter Benson, and David Moore

The 2003 World Bank book entitled Standards and Global Trade:A Voice for Africa (edited by John S. Wilson and Victor O. Abiola; ISBN 0-8213-5473-6) reports that trade can be a powerful driver of a country’s growth, but in many African countries there are severe barriers to exporting commodities. One such barrier is the poor performance of many African laboratories when testing commodities for export. For a commodity to be exported, its levels of pesticide, heavy metal residue, and other contaminants must be determined through analytical tests. The results of this testing must not only comply with various international standards,but the accuracy and reliability of the results must also be accepted internationally. Yet, few testing laboratories in Africa are able to obtain such trustworthy test results.

A project of the International Organization for Chemical Sciences in Development (IOCD)*—in collaboration with IUPAC and several other international partners— is assisting analytical laboratories in Africa, initially in Uganda and Kenya, with upgrading their performance in testing export commodities.

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*See May-June 2002 CI or <www.iocd.org>.
For the project announcement, see Mar-Apr 2005 CI or <www.iupac.org/projects/2004/2004-017-1-500.html>.

 


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