Press Release - SLBS Observes World Metrology Day



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Press Release        May 17, 2018


SLBS observes World Metrology Day with a focus on the future revision of  the Metric System


Saint Lucia will join the rest of the world in the observance of World Metrology Day on May 20th 2018. Saint Lucia will commemorate the occasion with an outreach activity to two secondary schools, Micoud and Beanfield Secondary Schools in the southern part of the island.

The outreach will be a presentation to students of Form 4 who are preparing for CSEC Physics with a focus on the application of physics in metrology which is the science of measurement.


The theme for World Metrology Day 2018 is “Constant Evolution of the International System of Units.” This theme was chosen to bring awareness to a new agreement set for November 2018, when the General Conference on Weights and Measures, CGPM, is expected to agree to one of the largest changes to the International System of Units, the SI, also known as the metric system, since its inception.

The proposed changes are based on the results of years of research into new measurement methods which are tied to fundamental constants in nature. The  International System of Units will be based on a set of definitions each linked to the laws of physics and have the advantage of being able to embrace further improvements in measurement science  and technology to meet the needs of future users for many years to come.


The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards takes this opportunity to assure manufacturers, utilities, financial institutions, motorists, consumers and the education, tourism, medical, construction and commercial sectors that the future revision of  the metric system is not expected to impact their use of  metric units like the gram, kilogram, kilowatt-hour, second, litre, millimetre, metre  kilometre and hectare for commerce and in daily life.

The SLBS however, will remain vigilant in its monitoring of developments at international measurement organizations like the International Bureau of Weights and Measures, the BIPM, and the International Organization of Legal Metrology, the OIML, to ensure that any significant changes are rapidly communicated to local stakeholders and consumers.

For further information please contact Mr. Marciano Busby at 453-0049 or email for assistance