*We develop Standards on market demands – Says Mrs chinyere Egwuonwu
(Report by Udeme Clement):
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), has enlightened Journalists from various media outfits on the process of developing standards for products in Nigeria.
The Agency gave this enlightenment during a workshop in Lagos.
Speaking on the topic – Nigerian National Standardisation Strategy 2020-2022,
the Director, SON Standards Development, Mrs Chinyere Egwuonwu, explained that standards are often developed according to market demands.
She analysed : “Standards are consensus based. For instance, the
Nigerian National Standardisation Strategy 2020-2022, is a 3-year plan focusing on stakeholders and Industry needs.
“This implies that the decision to develop standards is based on market request for such. The exercise is usually very transparent, because stakeholders are allowed to participate in the process of developing standards and they make their inputs.
“Also, Non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs), experts who accredit laboratories, people in the academia are equally involved in the process of developing standards.
In essence, standards are actually developed by stakeholders.
“Standards development is done in line with International best practice.Therefore, SON as the national standards body follows the rules, as relevant stakeholders come together and reach a concensus. At the end, approval must be granted by the Standards Councill of Nigeria.”
Responding to questions on increase in demand for standards, she informed:
“With improvement in technology and innovation, demand for standards continuously increase.
“For instance, for 2020 -2022 Nigerian National Standardisation Strategy, which is a 3-year implementation plan, we have 658 standardisation projects for the period. In June 2020, the document of Nigerian standardisation strategy was approved by the Council.
“So far, 274 standards were planned to be developed in 2020.
A total of 264 have been realised, making 96 percent achievement despite the Covid-19 pandemic.”