COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka’s national accreditation body is to introduce organic certification in the island this year as part of efforts to make its exports more competitive, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.
“We believe that accreditation helps competitiveness of Sri Lankan products in international markets,” he told a meeting of the Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation, representing accreditation bodies in the Asia Pacific region.
“A survey is also now underway to exploit new and emerging markets for Lankan products.”
The Sri Lanka Accreditation Board (SLAB) has been seeking mutual recognition arrangements with regional and international bodies on testing, calibration and certification, Bathiudeen said.
“This is also due to the realization that accreditation is becoming a more and more important factor in Sri Lanka’s global market access. As a result SLAB will introduce organic certification to Sri Lanka this year.”
A National Organic Control Unit under the Export Development Board has been recently established to function as the monitoring body of organic products.