What is Conformity Assessment?

According to the ISO, conformity assessment involves a set of processes that show your product, service or system meets the requirements of a standard.

Undergoing the conformity assessment process has a number of benefits:

  • It provides consumers and other stakeholders with added confidence.
  • It gives your company a competitive edge.
  • It helps regulators ensure that health, safety or environmental conditions are met.

The main forms of conformity assessment are testing, certification, and inspection.

Chemistry

The Chemistry Division provides the following services:

  • Analysis of the elements in food and water such as lead, chloride, sulphates and nitrates.
  • Analysis of soil nutrients and constituents such as nitrogen, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium.

Microbiology

The Microbiology Division provides the following services:

  • Provision of microbiological services to monitor restaurants and food processing outlets according to the Food Compliance Programme.
  • Analysis of raw and processed food products for total bacteria count, coliform, fecal coliform, coli, Staphylococcus aureus,Listeria, yeast, mould etc.
  • Testing of liquids such as beverages, drinking water, milk, dialysis solutions and waste water.

Energy Efficiency

The SKNBS provides energy efficiency testing services for refrigerators, compact florescent lamps (CFLs) and electricity meter verification services. Training and consultancy services on understanding energy efficiency labelling schemes are available to retailers and consumers.

Indoor Air Quality Monitoring

The SKNBS gained the capability of performing Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) monitoring in February of 2016. Currently, we use the passive system for gas monitoring and is capable of performing analyses on nine (9) different gases which are as follows: Ammonia, Nitric oxide, Chlorine dioxide, Carbon dioxide, Hydrogen sulphide, Carbon monoxide, Nitrogen dioxide Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC) and sulfur dioxide.

Along with the nine gases, we also analyse for the temperature and relative humidity concurrently. The temperature and humidity is often recognized as aggravating factors, when other indoor comfort issues exist. Furthermore, although carbon dioxide is not toxic, monitoring its levels provides a general indication on how well a certain area is ventilated. The indoor air quality guidelines that the SKNBS use are from a myriad of sources such as ASHRAE, USOSHA, NIOSH, WHO, etc.