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Metrology
The concept of metrology

 The term metrology is composed of Greek words “metron” (measure) and “logos'' (science). Metrology is the science of measurement.

 There are three types of metrology.

 Scientific or fundamental metrology deals with the organization and development of measurement standards. According to the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM), the scientific metrology activities cover the following fields:
- the mass;
- electricity;
- the length;
- time and frequency;
- the temperature;
- radioactivity;
- photometry;
- ionizing radiation;
- acoustics and the quantity of materials;
- radiometry.

Industrial metrology ensures the proper functioning of measuring instruments used in industry.
 Finally, legal metrology originates from the will by the State to ensure fair trade specifically in the field of weights and measures. Therefore, legal metrology is part of the science of measurement relating to the activities resulting from regulatory requirements and applying to measurements, measuring units, instruments, measurement methods. It is conducted by relevant bodies.
The main goal of legal metrology is to provide citizens with correct measurements when the measurement relates to trade,environmental protection, health and safety.

Legal metrology in Cameroon is the responsibility of the Ministry of Trade. The Administration in charge of legal metrology in Cameroon is divided between central, regional and divisional services.
  Central Services which have national jurisdiction are responsible for:
- international affairs in the field of metrology;
- drafting laws, decrees and orders relating to metrology;
- approving the design of measuring instruments;
- auditing and monitoring high capacity measuring instruments ;
- calibrating tanks and tank cars (tankers);
- controlling prepackaged products in factories;
- issuing licenses to importers, manufacturers and repairers of measuring instruments;
- training personnel in metrology.
Regional Services are responsible for:
-  verifying and monitoring small and medium capacity measuring instruments ;
- calibrating tankers;
- controlling prepackaged products in shops and supermarkets.
Finally, Divisional Services are responsible for controlling prepackaged products in markets.

Ministerial Team
MBARGA ATANGANA
Luc magloire MBARGA ATANGANA
The Minister of Trade
NKOUABVOUMA
Jules Martin NKOUABVOUMA
Inspector No.1
MOUSSA SANWARD
MOUSSA SANWARD
Inspector No.2
BASSILEKIN III
Achile BASSILEKIN III
The Secretary-General
KOA
Jacqueline KOA
The Inspector General
BOUBA AOUSSINE
BOUBA AOUSSINE
Technical Adviser No.1
JACKAI
Derrick Mosima JACKAI
Technical Adviser No.2
TEMFOMO
Adija TEMFOMO
Project Planning and Statistics Division Head
MBARGA BIHINA
Valentin MBARGA BIHINA
Internal Trade Director
MOTOMBY
Joseph ndumbe MOTOMBY
External Trade Director
TSEGUI
David TSEGUI
Metrology, Quality and Price Director
ABESSOLO MONEFONG
Martin Charles ABESSOLO MONEFONG
National Fraud Prevention and Elimination Brigade
ZANGA NDJINANG
Nicanor ZANGA NDJINANG
General Affairs Director
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