Uganda now has an ISO certified fuel laboratory following Vivo Energy Uganda’s laboratory accreditation by the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) 17025:2017. Vivo Energy Uganda is the marketer and distributor of Shell branded fuels and products.
This announcement was made at a press conference held to launch the company’s Quality Week that will celebrate the milestone. During the Quality Week, taking place between 23rd and 27th November 2020. a series of activities shall be carried out to drive awareness of fuel quality and showcase the company’s product quality control mechanisms to customers.
ISO/IEC 17025 is the highest accreditation globally in the energy industry. For an organization to be ISO/IEC 17025 accredited, its laboratory must be able to consistently produce accurate tests, have a rigorous Quality Management Systems(QMS) and must repeatedly show improvements in laboratory performance.
“We will carry out quality tests on fuels at randomly selected service stations and commercial business partner sites. This is in an effort to reassure our customers of our quality products,” said Valery Okecho, the Communications Manager at Vivo Energy Uganda.
“This is a confirmation of our ability to conduct correct, verifiable and replicable test results at our laboratory, the first of its kind in the country. With this certification, customers can be assured that the products at any of our Shell service stations meet the same quality as what is sold in global markets,” said the HSSEQ Manager, Mr. Allan Kibaya. He represented the MD, Mr. Gilbert Assi.
He further added that the certification is further assurance to customers of the high quality of Shell fuels and lubricants.
“We are very proud to have received the ISO/IEC17025 accreditation. At Vivo Energy Uganda, we are continuously challenging ourselves to improve our Quality Management System to provide products that meet or exceed the needs and expectations of our customers, always complying with the specifications and regulations,” Kibaya said.
Vivo Energy Uganda is also certified with ISO 9001: 2015 Certification for implementing Quality Management Systems, ISO 14001:2015 Certification for Environmental Management System and ISO 45001:2018 Certification for Occupational Health and Safety.
The Quality Week shall climax with the commissioning of the company’s ISO/IEC 17025 accredited Fuels Laboratory by the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Hon. Dr. Mary Goretti Kitutu on Friday 27th November 2020.
The media briefing was attended by the Head of Testing at Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), Mr. Peter Kitimbo and its Head of Marketing and Communication, Ms. Sylvia Kirabo.