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Launch of the Newly-Renovated Chemical Testing Laboratory, Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa (SROS)

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The Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa (SROS) continues to strive towards achieving its mission to be one of the most competent and well equipped testing facilities in the Pacific, in which it provides relevant high quality and world class testing services in goods, food and food products, narcotics, biological, atmospheric as well as environmental samples. This target can only be realised and achieved by well qualified staffs, state of the art equipment and world class facilities. It is the reason why the board of directors and the Government of Samoa agreed to SROS management proposal to upgrade the standards of its testing laboratories.

 

The completion of extensive renovation works on SROS’ Chemical Laboratory was celebrated at Nafanua, on Tuesday 28th of January 2020. Lead by SROS Director, Mr. Masoe Iosefa Tautua, the official launch of the newly-revamped laboratory marked the fulfilment of a vision that had been in the pipeline for five years. A vision realized in a bid to improve the functionality, quality and safety of the workspace designated for chemical testing at SROS, namely, under the Technical Services Division.

The renovation which cost approximately 48,500 thousand tala, took 2 months to complete. Key improvements include a complete internal facelift of the laboratory and office spaces, the installation of safety systems such as emergency showers and eye-wash stations, the construction of a storage floor above ground level and a complete overhaul of the analytical instrument station. Previously located in the Corporate Services building, all analytical instruments and accompanying gas chamber have been relocated to the Chemistry building for convenience and safety reasons.

The Chemical Laboratory is one of two Internationally Accredited testing laboratories at SROS; accredited against the international standard ISO 17025 by International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ). With its annual accreditation surveillance scheduled for 20 – 21 February 2020, SROS management is positive that the newly improved state of the laboratory will not only contribute to a successful assessment, but also boost staff morale, quality and efficiency in his team’s efforts towards achieving their annual tasks and goals.