Steve Sidney

NMISA Reference Material Symposium –

On behalf of the National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA), the NLA-SA is pleased to invite all interested parties to the following symposium. This is a no charge event and has attracted various international guest presenters. We highly recommend that if you have any interest in Reference Materials either as a user or a manufacturer you consider attending.

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NLA T&M 2015 Conference takes on Cape Town this year

The National Laboratory Association (NLA) is pleased to announce that the 2015 Test and Measurement Conference will be held at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West, Cape Town from 12-14 October.

The conference has never been to Cape Town before and after the 2014 road show, which had a great response from members around the country, the NLA decided to take the conference to Cape Town this year.

“Since the theme of this year’s conference is ‘Quality of Life: What is the measure if it’, what an appropriate city to host our conference in”, commented Steve Sidney, Director at NLA.

Sidney also said that they are arranging travel packages for their members and are starting their Marketing campaign earlier this year, in order for interested parties to allocate time and budgets accordingly.

Additionally, the call for papers has been announced and applicants are invited to submit an abstract of 350 words or less in order to present either a paper, poster or tutorial at the conference. Abstracts can be submitted electronically via the NLA-website at, where all relevant information can be provided. The abstract and manuscript formats are also available on the NLA website

The following headings are areas of focus:

• Measurement traceability: method validation, measurement uncertainty, reference materials
• Laboratory quality systems: ISO/IEC 17025, accreditation, calibration, proficiency testing
• Laboratory staff: recruitment, training, evaluating competence
• Measurement and testing in industry
• Legal Metrology / Compulsory Specifications

More information is available on the NLA web site or applicants can contact the NLA directly.

For further information contact:
Steve Sidney / Maggie Roussow
Tel: +2712 349 1500

Invitation – MetCert Roadshows

There have been many people enquiring about the details of the MetCert process and with the number of applications growing daily, it is becoming impossible to manage the queries on a one on one basis.

The NLA-SA is therefore extending an invitation to all those who are interested in finding out about the MetCert Personnel Certification Scheme for metrologists.

A series of presentations will take place in the following centres and you are kindly requested to advise the NLA office which session you would like to attend.

Should time allow, we will also present the details of the various PT schemes available for Metrology and the range of training courses offered by the NLA-SA.




30th June 2014


NLA-Offices, 1 De Havilland Crescent,
Persequor TechnoPark, Pretoria

1st July 2014

Kwa Zulu Natal

Tudor House Inn, 195 Umhlanga Rocks Drive, Durban North

2nd July 2014


Blue Peter Hotel,8 Popham Road, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town


08h30 – Registration & Coffee

09h00 – MetCert Presentation

12h30 – End (Finger Lunch)

RSVP: Maggie Rossow – NLA Office – 012 349 1500

NB: Seating is limited, but should there be sufficient interest further presentations will be considered at a later stage.

NLA Training Schedule – 2014

We are pleased to advise that the training course schedule for 2014 has been finalised.

Should you be interested in attending any of our courses you are kindly requested to register as soon as possible

We often have to postpone, and in some extreme cases cancel, courses when we are not aware of possible interest and this arises when those considering attending do not advise us.

World Metrology Day – 20 May

The National Laboratory Association – South Africa is pleased to notify it members and all interested parties that World Metrology Day is celebrated on 20 May every year.

To find out more about how the signing of the Metre Convention on the 20th May 1875 impacts the world at large please visit the World Metrology web site.

2013 AGM

On the 18th March the NLA-SA held its annual general meeting where more than 60 members were present. Various presentations were made, including those by the Chair, Mr Jones Mnisi of Joburg Water, and the Treasurer and Executive Director, Mr Steve Sidney.

The highlights for 2012 include the growth of the association to more than 200 members, as well as its strong financial performance. It was also encouraging to note that there has been substantial interest in the various services that the NLA-SA provide. These include training for both Calibration as well as Testing laboratory personnel, PT Schemes and the Annual T&M Conference,

Readers are encouraged to browse the web site for further information regarding these activities and are invited to contact the NLA office if there are any questions.

A record of the event can be obtained by dowloading both the Presentation that was made, as well as the Minutes of the meeting.

Joint IMEKO International TC3, TC5 and TC22 Conference 2014

The NLA-SA is pleased to advise that IMEKO, the Internation Metrology Confederation will be holding a Technical Metrology Conference in the areas of Mass, Force, Torque, Hardness and Vibration from 3-5 February 2014 in Cape Town.

IMEKO International Conference 2014 – First Announcement

Interested parties are encouraged to click on the following link where all the relevant details as well as how to register and submit an abstract can be found. IMEKO -2014 Conference Registration.

For further details please contact the Conference Secretariat