On Tuesday (November 9), the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) officially opened the country’s first Metrology in Chemistry (MiC) Laboratory.

The facility, located in the Science Complex in Bicutan, Taguig City, was inaugurated by DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña. 

“From producing traceable reference materials or RMs for drinking water analysis, the MiC Laboratory has, since then, been making reference materials for other matrices such as fruits, vegetables, and seafood,” de la Peña said during the ceremony.

“These RMs are distributed free of charge nationwide to different public and private chemical testing laboratories for measurement and quality control schemes and proficiency testing programs,” he added.

According to DOST’s Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI), the MIC Lab will help local testing laboratories comply with traceable chemical measurements through the production of RMs and by conducting accuracy-based Proficiency Testing (PT) schemes.

“What makes RMs valuable is how it supports the results of measurement laboratories to ensure that commodities can pass stringent international trade standards on food quality and control. MiC thus aims to reduce the detention and recall of Philippine products for export,” the organization said.

Besides this, the laboratory will also improve food testing for highly characterized, authenticated control materials. 

“We can never overemphasize the importance of accurate and reliable chemical measurements, especially today as we collectively recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” de la Peña pointed out.

And “by establishing the MIC Laboratory, we tell the international export community that Philippine products are as good as any of its European, American, British, Chinese, or Thai counterparts,” he added. 

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