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Day five of soliciting comments on two draft Standards developed by The Gambia Standards Bureau at West Coast Region. The Standards are Fortified Rice Standard and Packaged Bottled Drinking Water Standard. Relevant Institutions and other key stakeholders took active part in the deliberations. 

Participants were introduced to the standards  and as well shown how to make comments on them. They thanked the Bureau for this very important initiative.

BROVO TGSB!!!

Ongoing TGSB free calibration exercise at Banjulunding Health Centre

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The Gambia Standards Bureau free calibration exercise ongoing at Banjulunding Health Centre. This is part of activities earmarked for the Celebration of World Metrology Day 2021. 
All scales are calibrated and affixed with TGSB calibration stickers. The next destinations for today are Yundum and Brufut Health Centres.

Nationwide calibration exercise for all Government hospitals and health centres

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The Gambia Standards Bureau is currently embarking on a nationwide calibration exercise for all government hospitals and health centres. All weighing scales at government hospitals are calibrated and affixed with calibration stickers.

This activity is part of activities lined up for the celebration of World Metrology Day 2021.

Well done TGSB!!

TGSB Congratulates Mr Amadou G. Jallow as a 2021 Mandela Washington Fellow

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Amadou G. Jallow is a 2021 Mandela Washington Fellow and has over 5 years of experience in the energy and standardization field. Currently, Amadou is a Senior Standards Officer at The Gambia Standards Bureau, focusing on developing national standards in the electro-technical field and sensitizing citizens on energy management using standards. He is a certified Lead Auditor in ISO 9001: 2015 Quality Management Systems with a Diploma as a Basic Quality Professional and currently engaged in coaching local businesses to improve the quality of production through The Gambian Quality Association. He also engages in giving career advice and guidance through the New Nation platform to senior secondary school students.

EXTENSION OF REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

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Background

The Gambia Standards Bureau Act of 2010 established the Bureau as the sole National Standards Body of The Gambia with the goal to standardize methods, systems and products produced or consumed in the country.

In addition to Standardization, one of its core functions is to certify products for conformity to standard specifications. In order to fulfill this function, Section 5 sub-section D of the Act mandates the Bureau to specify a Standard Mark called The Gambia Standards Bureau Certification Mark. 

According to the International Standard for Bodies Certifying Products (ISO/IEC17065:2012), the Bureau is required to issue attestations to product certification clients that have been certified using its approved Standard Mark of Quality.  The Bureau has set up a Certification Body (CB) with a Product Certification Unit to undertake the certification of products.  As a first priority and in response to the national stakeholders’ needs as well as the broader ECOWAS Regional Quality Infrastructure, the Bureau has defined a Product Certification Scheme for Bottled/Packaged Drinking Water.

It is in this regard that the Bureau is undertaking the design and production of its Standard Mark of Quality that would be issued as an attestation on bottled/packaged drinking water products which meets the requirements of the National Standard on Packaged Drinking Water.

  1. The Gambia Standards Bureau has received funds from the Government of The Gambia in dalasi towards the cost of development and production of The Gambia Standards Bureau Standard Mark of Quality. It is intended that part of these funds will be applied to eligible payments under the contract(s) for which this Request for Proposals is issued.
  1. The Gambia Standards Bureau intends to select bidders for the following service contract under this project: Development and production of The Gambia Standards Bureau Standard Mark of Quality.

 

  1.  A complete set of solicitation documents may be inspected and obtained by interested bidders from The Gambia Standards Bureau at Kotu East (from the Conformity Assessment Division and Procurement Unit) from Mondays to Thursdays from 8:00 AM to 16: 00 PM and Fridays from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM.
  2. An electronic copy of the Request For Proposals (RFP) and all relating documents (Eligibility and Qualification criteria, Scope of Work & Technical requirements, Specifications & Features, Term of References (TORs) and Functionalities can be assessed free of charge at:   www.tgsb.gm/press-release
  3. Submissions of Proposals must be received in sealed envelopes at the office of the Secretary of the Director General or the reception of The Gambia Standards Bureau not later than 9th July 2021 @ 12:30PM and be clearly marked “Proposal for the development and production of The Gambia Standards Bureau Standard Mark of Quality.
  4. The number of copies of Proposals to be submitted by Bidder is four. One original proposal for technical and one original proposal for financial sealed in separate envelopes and marked ORIGINAL.  Also one copy proposal for technical and one copy proposal for financial sealed in separate envelopes and marked COPY. All envelopes must be put in one envelope and marked Proposal for the development and production of The Gambia Standards Bureau Standard Mark of Quality.
  5. All questions for clarifications should be sent to the following:  info@tgsb.gm or call 2994142/2279577/3781517.

 

Bidders will be advised, in due course, of the results of their Proposals.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

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Background

 

The Gambia Standards Bureau Act of 2010 established the Bureau as the sole National Standards Body of The Gambia with the goal to standardize methods, systems and products produced or consumed in the country.  In addition to Standardization, one of its core functions is to certify products for conformity to standard specifications. In order to fulfill this function, Section 5 sub-section D of the Act mandates the Bureau to specify a Standard Mark called The Gambia Standards Bureau Certification Mark. 

 

According to the International Standard for Bodies Certifying Products (ISO/IEC17065:2012), the Bureau is required to issue attestations to product certification clients that have been certified using its approved Standard Mark of Quality.  The Bureau has set up a Certification Body (CB) with a Product Certification Unit to undertake the certification of products.  As a first priority and in response to the national stakeholders’ needs as well as the broader ECOWAS Regional Quality Infrastructure, the Bureau has defined a Product Certification Scheme for Bottled/Packaged Drinking Water.  It is in this regard that the Bureau is undertaking the design and production of its Standard Mark of Quality that would be issued as an attestation on bottled/packaged drinking water products which meets the requirements of the National Standard on Packaged Drinking Water.

 

The Gambia Standards Bureau has received funds from the Government of The Gambia in Dalasi towards the cost of development and production of The Gambia Standards Bureau Standard Mark of Quality. It is intended that part of these funds will be applied to eligible payments under the contract(s) for which this Request for Proposals is issued.

 

The Gambia Standards Bureau intends to select bidders for the following service contract under this project: Development and production of The Gambia Standards Bureau Standard Mark of Quality.

 

A complete set of solicitation documents may be inspected and obtained by interested bidders from The Gambia Standards Bureau at Kotu East (from the Conformity Assessment Division and Procurement Unit) from Mondays to Thursdays from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Fridays from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM.

 

An electronic copy of the Request for Proposals (RFP) and all relating documents (Eligibility and Qualification criteria, Scope of Work & Technical requirements, Specifications & Features, Term of References (TORs) and Functionalities can be accessed free of charge at: www.tgsb.gm/press-release

 

Submissions of Proposals must be received in sealed envelopes at the Reception of The Gambia Standards Bureau not later than 15th June 2021 @ 4:00 PM and be clearly marked “Proposal for the development and production of The Gambia Standards Bureau Standard Mark of Quality.

 

The number of copies of Proposals to be submitted by Bidder is four. One original proposal for technical and one original proposal for financial sealed in separate envelopes and marked ORIGINAL.  Also one copy proposal for technical and one copy proposal for financial sealed in separate envelopes and marked COPY. All envelopes must be put in one envelope and marked Proposal for the development and production of The Gambia Standards Bureau Standard Mark of Quality.

          

All questions or clarifications should be sent to the following:  info@tgsb.gm or call 4460193/4464210/2994142.

 

Bidders will be advised, in due course, of the results of their Proposals.

NOTICE FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS ON DRAFT NATIONAL STANDARDS

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Closing Date: 21th December, 2021

Public feedback is important in the development of Gambian Standards. An important stage in the development of a Standard is the Public Comment period. The Public Comment period is usually open for 30 days. Anyone who feels they have something to contribute to a Draft Standard should use the Public Comment Period to provide their view on its provisions. All comments are considered in detail by the relevant Committee and, if necessary, further drafting is undertaken. Individual feedback will not be given by the Committee on the comments provided.

The following are the draft standards on public commenting:

GAMS 006:2021 GAMBIAN STANDARD FOR MOGAS/GASOLINE/PMS - Specification 

GAMS 005:2021 GAMBIAN STANDARD FOR GAS OIL - Specification

These Draft documents and the Comments Form can be view or accessed from

 

  • The official website of the Bureau at www.tgsb.gm
  • The Standards Information Centre of the Bureau at Kotu East- Mondays to Thursdays 8 am – 4 pm and Fridays 8 am – 12.30 pm

Further information or enquiries may be obtained from:

 

Tel. No. 4464210 or email: info@tgsb.gm / injie@tgsb.gm

 

 

The commenting period is 30 days from the date of publication ((22th November
2021 – 211th December 2021)

SEMINAR ON NON-TARIFF BARRIERS AND ITS REPORTING MECHANISM

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Mrs. Isatou Cham of The Gambia Standards Bureau took participants through the Sanitary and Phytosanitary(SPS) Agreement  and Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement. She presented on the importance of adhering to the Hazard Analysis Control Points (HACCP) and Good Hygienic Practices (GHP).

Mrs. Cham also made mentioned of ways to improve the standards of tradable products and services to meet the country's requirements under the #AfCFTA and to subscribe to the WTO e-Ping platform to get all the countries' updated trading requirements.

Vacancy Announcement

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Do you have a passion for Standards and Quality Promotion? This is an opportunity to join an exciting team to define, lead and coordinate the National Quality Infrastructure. Be part of the international community of Experts defining and leading innovation and best practices in every conceivable field and rub shoulders, connect and network with them be it at ISO, IEC, ASTM and many others. To this end, The Gambia Standards
Bureau (TGSB) hereby invites suitably qualified Gambian nationals to fill the following open positions.

  1. DIRECTOR OF CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT DIVISION
  2. STANDARDS OFFICER – ICT
  3. STANDARDS OFFICER – PETROLEUM
  4. STANDARDS OFFICER – FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
  5. HUMAN RESOURCE OFFICER

Interested applicants are requested to obtain the detailed Job Profiles through one of the following channels: (1) hard copies from the Head Office at the address above during working hours; (2) download from website, www.tgsb.gm (3) email to info@tgsb.gm / isatoudrameh790@gmail.com.
Closing date for applications is: FRIDAY, 30th OCTOBER, 2020 at 12.30 PM.

 

Application dossiers (signed Letter of Application, CV, copies of relevant
certificates) should be in sealed envelope clearly marked with the position applied for and delivered to the following address (in the case of hard copies). Electronic applications should be sent to info@tgsb.gm / emjallow@tgsb.gm.

Director General
The Gambia Standards Bureau
Kotu East
Serekunda
Directions: 100m from the Kotu Fire Service towards Manjai junction, look for signboard.

Ongoing Food and Agricultural Technical Committee meeting

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The ongoing Food and Agricultural Technical Committee meeting at NANA conference room organised by TGSB. The committee had developed grain and seed standards through The Gambia Standards Bureau geared towards enhancing the production and productivity of agricultural products.

In attendance are representatives from various government and private institutions, Director General and staff of TGSB as well as the electronic and print media.