Minister of Industry and Trade Tarek Kabil said that Egypt is keen on applying international quality standards to enhance the competitiveness of Egyptian products and services across all sectors.
This came following the receiving of three detailed reports on performance indicators of the Egyptian Organisation of Standardisation and Quality, the Industry Control Authority, and the Chemical Administration last August as part of the monthly follow up of the implementation stages of the Egyptian quality system.
He pointed out that the ministry is restructuring the national quality system.
Moreover, he pointed to the establishment of the National Council for Industrial Quality Assurance to be the national reference of quality Egyptian industries follow, including all the aspects of the quality standards’ structure. This is besides the accreditation, conformity, and standard specifications.
In the same context, the chairperson of the Organisation of Standardisation and Quality, Ashraf Afifi, said the authority conducted a periodic inspection on the quality mark of 59 companies.
Meanwhile, the authority confirmed the compliance of the quality specification of four companies applying for the quality mark.
He added that the authority conducted 11 visits to companies that already have the quality mark.
About 300 international certificates were registered in the Organisation of Standardisation and Quality, in addition to the preparation of 228 new standards ready for accreditation, according to Afifi.
In the field of testing and industrial calibration, Afifi pointed out that the Organisation of Standardisation and Quality conducted 1,211 measurements and 6,306 tests.
Chemist Ibrahim Elmanasterly, the head of the Industrial Control Authority, said that the authority made 751 field inspections last August.
The field inspection includes the withdrawal of samples and taking the required legal procedures through the inspection to ensure factories are applying the quality standards to their products.
In another context, he pointed out that the authority received 410 inquiries and 261 complaints from citizens.
Meanwhile, Magdy Fahmy, the head of the Chemical Administration, said the authority carried out tests and laboratory analysis for 4,835 samples last August.