SERPONG – Minister for Research, Technology and Higher Education Mohamad Nasir and National Standardization Agency (BSN) head Bambang Prasetya attended the ground-breaking event for the national measurement standard (SNSU) laboratory building at National Science Center (Puspiptek) compound in South Tangerang, September 5.

In his speech, Minister Nasir said the national standardization must abide with the national standard, which could be very important to ensure that Indonesian products get national standard.

“Therefore, the construction of SNSU laboratory has to be the barometer. Hopefully things will get better and we can compete with other countries,” said Nasir.

Minister Nasir said he hoped the SNSU laboratory could serve as the center for measurement in Indonesia. The construction is based on the Law No. 20/2014 on Standardization and Comparability Measurement. This facility will greatly benefit the development of SNSU in Indonesia.

“When the construction is finally done, hopefully the laboratory could be used by every sector. So, we no longer have to go abroad,” said Nasir.

Bambang Prasetya, the BSN head, said the construction of the SNSU laboratory was important in the development of SNSU in Indonesia.

“SNSU is the country’s most accurate standard which is then used for traceability basis for international measurement system. This function puts SNSU in a central position in the national metrology system,” said Bambang.

Bambang also said the level of accreditation must have a measurement standard. This is why the laboratory is important for health sector. This laboratory is expected to support the health sector.

Bambang said metrology, along with standardization component and comparability measurement, formed the national quality infrastructure. Moreover, the scientific world highly depends on measurement.

This can be seen when a geologist measures the shock wave in an earthquake and an astronomer thoroughly measures the weak light sparked by a star to gauge its age.

Physicians who study elementary particle have to measure time in one per million second order to ensure the presence of the smallest particle.

“The availability of measurement tools and the ability to use them are essential for scientists to record their research results objectively,” said Bambang.

Therefore, the presence and management of SNSU is a government responsibility due to its wide contribution to the betterment of citizens’ life. Like other modern countries, Indonesia has already have SNSU managed and used by multiple stakeholders.

Head of BSN’s center for laboratory and inspection agency accreditation, Donny Purnomo JA, said the SNSU laboratory would focus on biology, radiation, health equipments and the expansion of metrology laboratory for physics and chemistry.

“This construction is meant to improve the existing SNSU laboratory at LIPI’s [Indonesian Science Agency] Metrology Research Center. The existing facility will be moved to BSN, according to Presidential Regulation No. 4/2018,” said Donny.

The Law No. 20/2014 says the management of measurement standard will be given to BSN. The new SNSU laboratory will be dedicated to the expansion of physics’ methodology.

There will be various benefits for the citizens from the SNSU laboratory, such as the use of it for biology. Apart from it, it will also benefit the improvement of basis for chemistry and for calibration of health equipment.

“The primary users of this SNSU laboratory will be 254 calibration laboratories which have been accredited by the National Accreditation Committee [KAN] and 1,200 testing laboratories which need traceability of chemistry, biology and physics materials,” said Donny.

The SNSU laboratory of BSN is being constructed on a 15,000 meter square area with 10,900 meter square of the building’s size. The construction is expected to conclude in May 2020.

Also attending the event were Puspiptek chairwoman Sri Setiawati, secretary of ministry’s research and development directorate general Prakoso, BSN secretary Puji Winarni, First Assistant of South Tangerang Rahman Saleh, BPPT deputy Eniya Lestiani Dewi, BSN deputy Kukuh S. Achmad, director of Public Works and Housing Ministry, representatives of state agencies, Amarta Karya president director Catur Prabowo, representatives of PT Arkonin and PT Yogya Karya, as well as other visitors.