Galia Ticona Canaza - Calibration services in Peru have been increasing considerable in the last 5 years

30.05.2013, 21:56,


When the editors of Primetrology learned about your visit in the Slovak metrological institute, their knowledge about Peru was very modest. Lima, Machu Picchu and the Titicaca lake would be the answer to the question what they imagine when they hear Peru. Therefore, our first question is: What did you image when you heard Slovakia before your visit?

I will be honest … I have to say that I didn't know so much about the country … I used to link your country with Czechoslovak Republic and I thought that Bratislava was a city with big castles, beautiful buildings and of course lovely churches, and I didn't wrong.

However, I could say that I knew more about the institute of course in chemistry metrology. We knew that the SMU is one of the highest level chemistry laboratories in the electrochemistry methods. For that, our interest in participating in an internship at your institute.

In what area of metrology do you work?

Currently, I am responsible of the Electrochemistry Laboratory in the Metrology National Service of INDECOPI. The National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Intellectual Property Protection (INDECOPI) was created in November 1992. Its functions market promotion and protection of consumer rights. In addition, the Peruvian economy fosters a culture of fair and honest competition, protecting all forms of intellectual property, from the distinctive and copyright to patents and biotechnology. INDECOPI is a specialized public agency under the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, with legal personality under public law.

How does the structure of metrology (the metrological system) look like in your country?

The National Metrology Service (NMS) is the agency responsible for promoting INDECOPI of metrological science development in the country and contribute to the spread of Legal System of Units of Peru (SLUMP).
Currently, is the leading national organization able to provide reliable service metrological assurance, essential for any institution that wants a quality system and subsequently gain recognition through certification.
The MNS is comprised of approx. 33 persons, of which currently are 03 people who work in the Chemical Metrology Laboratory:

  • Jose Dajes Castro (Head of MNS)
  • Christian Uribe - Chemistry Metrology Laboratory Manager
  • Galia Ticona Canaza - Electrochemistry Laboratory Manager
  • Steve Acco Garcia - Organic Laboratory Manager

In the following charts (pdf, 42 kB) are detailed environments are there in the MNS and Chemical Metrology Laboratory latter consists of 4 rooms, Laboratory of Organic, Inorganic Electrochemistry and treatment of samples.


Which area of metrology is nowadays the most required in Peru?

I couldn't mention a specific lab because the calibration services have been increasing considerable in the last 5 years in answer to the customers' needs also which increase according the technological advances.
Chemical metrology is no stranger to that need, that's why the first chemical nature activities carried out in the Laboratory of Metrology occur from 2002 with the acquisition of a gas chromatograph for the certification of our national drink, the Pisco.

Definitely the SIM-PTB program in Chemical Metrology for us mark the start of activities in this field, we participated in the international comparisons that were available to us either in our laboratories or in partnership with accredited laboratories.

Subsequently, in 2006 thanks to a technical cooperation project PTB-INDECOPI: "Improvement and Quality Assurance Measures and Water Consumption", started to develop some activities like State Diagnosis Chemical Metrology in Peru that was done and presented in a report prepared by Dr. Yoshito Mitani, Director of Materials Metrology CENAM of Mexico.

From this study it was determined that we should start by Electrochemistry and then Heavy metals in water.
From 2007, we participated in the OAS project "Supporting Collaboration with Chemical Metrology Quality Assessment and Safety of Agri-Food Products" referred to the development of reference materials in the following matrices: fluid milk, water, meat and wheat flour. So we started working on organic chemistry.

In 2009, it was builded the Chemistry metrology laboratories: Organic, Inorganic Electrochemistry and one for Sample Preparation.

Which ways of cooperation with the Slovak metrology are the most interesting for you?

Definitely, programs in Chemical Metrology like we had with the SIM-PTB program and technical cooperation project PTB-INDECOPI, these would be the most interesting for us. In fact, any cooperation which could give us scopes like training, because it is the best way to increase our Knowledge and find the way to adapt to our possibilities regarding equipment and standards.

What are your impressions of your stay in Slovakia?

My impressions about the institute are the best. This internship has covered all my expectative. I have to remark that I found people very capacitated, friendly and smart. I have felt me good and wellcome.

About the city, it is very beautiful; I can see the huge developing and that you advance without to lose the customs.

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Galia Ticona Canaza
Electrochemistry Laboratory Manager

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