Oman, represented by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion (MoCIIP), is celebrating the World Standards Day on October 14, 2021 under the slogan: ‘Our shared vision for a better world’.
This year's slogan highlights the role of standards in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which seek to address challenges facing the world, notably poverty, inequality, climate change and environmental degradation, while ensuring that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
Nadia bint Mohammed al Siyabiya (pictured), Head of the Chemical and Petroleum Products Specifications Department and the Acting Director of the Standards Department at the Directorate General for Standardisation and Metrology at MoCIIP, said the sustainable development goals are comprehensive and interdependent, as the key to achieving any one of its goals is closely linked to the other goals. To reach the sustainability goals will require solidarity and cooperation between the global countries.
“The Sultanate has adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations Summit in September 2015, where it has become one of the member states to work actively to achieve these goals, while it has integrated the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the main pillars of the country’s ninth five-year plan, and these goals were also taken into account when the country set the Oman's Vision 2040,” she stated.
The official explained that the sustainable development goals contribute to addressing social imbalances, developing a sustainable economy, and slowing the rate of climate change, while the achieving of these goals requires the cooperation of many public and private partners, and the use of all available tools, including international standards and conformity assessment, where standard specifications are a way to achieve quality standards for products, to ensure energy efficiency for electrical and electronic products, to reduce waste and rationalise consumption, and to preserve the environment and consumer health and safety.
The Ministry, she said, has adopted nearly 26,000 standard specifications in the fields of food products, agricultural, chemical, petroleum, mechanical, metallurgical, building and construction materials, renewable energy, green buildings, electrical, electronic appliances, and medical supplies.
There are also approved standard specifications for unleaded gasoline fuel, reusable shopping bags made of polyethylene, and systems used for gas-powered cars, in addition to the standard specifications for food products that achieve food safety and protect consumer health from harmful substances.
Nadia al Siyabiya also pointed out that efforts made against the Covid19 have revealed the absolute necessity of addressing the SDGs in an inclusive way, to strengthen our societies, making them more resilient and more equitable, as the standard specifications became more important than ever.
At the beginning of the pandemic, the Ministry issued Decision 57 / 2020, which temporarily allowed the import of food products, goods and health materials without writing the explanatory data in the Arabic language.
The Ministry also coordinated with the GCC Standardisation Organization in adopting the standard specifications for sterilisers, face masks and personal protection tools in an urgent manner, while these standard specifications were made available on the authority’s website standardization for free direct use by the beneficiaries, in addition to all standard specifications for medical protection tools and health requirements for food, while the Sultanate seeks, with accelerated steps, to build an integrated system of specifications and standards.
Al Siyabiya emphasised that the Directorate General of Standards and Metrology at MoCIIP is the national standardisation body in the Sultanate, and thus it is the only body entrusted with all standardisation activities.