Creating awareness about the benefits of Standards was the focus of the recent Electrotechnical Summit in Nigeria.
Creating awareness about the benefits of Standards was the focus of the recent Electrotechnical Summit in Nigeria. Standards are essential for building consumer confidence, ensuring safety, reliability and efficiency, as well as facilitating trade.
The Standards Organization of Nigeria’s Acting Director of Standards, Chinyere Egwuonwu, told the summit that standards build trust, without which advancements in technology and innovation would be impossible. Mrs. Egwuonwu stressed the importance of conformity assessment systems for electrical and electronic products, systems and services.
Both national and international stakeholders attended the meeting in Abuja. They included policymakers and decision-makers from industry, as well as representatives of research institutions, consumer associations and professional associations, among others.
One of the summit’s aims was to encourage more Nigerian engineers to become involved in the International Standards development process. A key measure in this direction is the establishment of specialized technical committees that mirror the structure of the IEC’s technical committees.
Mirror committees will cover a number of strategic areas, among them electrical equipment and systems for railway; overhead lines; power transformers; secondary cells and batteries; performance and safety of household and similar electrical appliances; audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment, and medical equipment.
Nigeria National Electrotechnical Committee recently launched Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) to support the adoption of a national energy efficiency label. The one to five star labels tell consumers about the energy efficiency of household appliances, including air conditioners, lamps and refrigerators.