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« on: March 23, 2010, 04:10:24 AM »

Awareness program on Tea Production: Quality Certification
22 March 2010

With the termination of the TASL/SGS Certification Program which came to an end with the closure of the Plantation Development Project as at end of 2008. The Plantation Industries Ministry passed on to the Sri Lanka Tea Board the responsibility of continuing with an appropriate certification scheme for the tea industry.

Having had so many deliberations on this issue, the Sri Lanka Tea Board finally selected as its collaborator, the Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI) to continue with an appropriate certification scheme for the tea industry.

Since the two institutions, the Sri Lanka Tea Board and the Sri Lanka Standards Institution came under two separate ministries viz. the Plantation Industries Ministry and the Science and Technology Ministry, the collaboration between the two Ministries received the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers based on a Cabinet decision through a joint Cabinet memorandum to launch such a project.

Although some of the preliminary work such as preparation of manuals and the audit programs were being done under the TASL/SGS certification scheme most of these documentations had to be updated and edited in such a way to suit the new scheme. In addition it was decided between the SLTB and the SLSI that a certain amount of value addition into the previous certification project had to be introduced under the new scheme. To fulfill this requirement certain agricultural practices and leaf quality standards also were incorporated into the certification process whereby a quality certification scheme like the star rating under the Tea Commissionerís Division of the SLTB was added on the certification program.

At the same time flexibility was also introduced so that partly qualified manufacturers/producers could continue the earlier certification program by joining this program half way.

In addition auditing which is mandatory for those certifying parties at the end of three years to retain this certificate could also be undertaken by this new project.

Source: DailyNews.lk http://www.dailynews.lk/2010/03/22/bus21.asp
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