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"Measurement for Health"

As the world continues to cope with and fight against the staggering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for an adequate and robust metrological framework is more evident than ever before. The relationship between metrology and health is stressed and in some cases strained, as the urgent need for life-saving medication in the form of vaccines is driven by overwhelming demand. Not only is the synthesis of the vaccine heavily dependent on metrological factors, but the approval, transport and correct dosage are as well. With advancements in technology and the constant evolution of the pharmaceutical industry, COVID-19 vaccines are now being developed in record time. Vaccines that would have been developed over a number of years are now being released in under 12 months.

Health crises such as the current global pandemic shed light on the important role that metrology plays in the protection and maintenance of public health. Metrological control over measuring instruments used in the health sector makes way for:

  • Proper diagnoses and correct treatment of illnesses and diseases
  • Efficient delivery and distribution of medication
  • Scientific research and innovation
  • The protection and improvement of the global environment

Newly established health requirements that have arisen as a result of the pandemic have changed national priorities globally. Science capabilities have been re-focused to meet the challenge of protecting populations from the impact of the virus. The Bahamas has been faced with new national challenges which are amplified by the unique geography and culture of this country. As long as there is a continued effort by Bahamians to follow health and safety protocols, the fight against COVID-19 can be won.

This year's theme, "Measurement for Health", could not be a timelier one as it underscores the current state of global health. The Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality (BBSQ) stands in solidarity with all those who have been affected by COVID-19 and wishes to salute the hardworking men and women on the frontlines of the fight against this virus.

Join BBSQ in celebrating World Metrology Day on the 20th May, 2021.

World Metrology Day History

On May 20 each year, we celebrate the history and the future of metrology, the scientific study of measurement. World Metrology Day is the global observance that pays tribute to the signature at the Meter Convention that occurred on the 20th of May 1875. The convention featured a coalition of seventeen nations who came together to establish the framework for global collaboration in the field of scientific measurement which established a standard measurement system between all nations.

World Metrology Day is about how our scientific measurement system is capable of stretching beyond the bounds of language. Math & Science both share the commonality of being necessary in the development and maintenance of foreign relations. The goal of this convention was realized when participants successfully established a worldwide measurement that allowed for cohesion among the scientific community. The impact of what was achieved at this event can be experienced in science laboratories to this day.

The world-wide uniformity of measurement remains as important today as it was in 1875.

World Metrology Day 2021

This year's theme, 'Measurement for Health', was chosen to create awareness of the important role measurement plays in health. From our hospitals and clinics to our pharmacies and labs, Metrology ensures that the measurement of chemicals and vital fluids, as well as quantities and dosages of medications, are standardized, to safeguard the well-being of Bahamians. The Bahamas Bureau of Standards & Quality (BBSQ) invites you to celebrate World Metrology Day today - Thurs May 20th, 2021.

BBSQ is mandated to regulate all weights and measures activities according to the Weights & Measures Act of 2006 within The Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Providing consumers with accurate measurements for all goods and services and ensuring value for money spent in trade.

World Metrology Day recognizes and celebrates the hardworking BBSQ team and those working within similar intergovernmental and national organizations across the globe.

Sites/Organizations that can provide further information on all things metrology/weights and measures:

  1. Official World Metrology Day Celebration Webpage:
  2. International Bureau of Weights and Measures:
  3. International Committee on Weights and Measures:
  4. Joint BIPM-OIML Web Portal:
  5. International Organization of Legal Metrology:
  6. CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality:
  7. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST):
  8. National Conference of Standards Laboratories (NCSL) International:
  9. National Physical Laboratory (UK):
  10. Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB):
  11. InterAmerican Metrology System (SIM):

Other Notable Links

Redefinition of the SI:

The kilogram has changed forever (Video):

History of measurements:


International System of Units (SI) Brochure:

BBSQ Metrology Brochure:

The Importance of Metrology for Standards, Industry, and Trade: