Amended NISIT Act 2019 (NISIT Act 1993)

Being an Act to establish the National Institute of Standards and Industrial Technology, to provide for the establishment and use of uniform measurement and technical standards or integrated standardization for the promotion and undertaking of technology development, and to provide for matters incidental to or connected with those purposes and for related purposes.


  • Organizational Growth Strategy – Organizational Development
  • Financial Strategy – Internal Revenue Generation
  • Capacity Development & Capability Strengthening – Technical Expertise
  • Service Expansion – Industry Awareness and participation
  • Re-Branding – marketing and PR
  • Legislative reforms – In progress
  • Policy Reforms – NQP
  • Partnership development (Internal / External)
  • Stakeholders – (internal / external)
  • International recognition – technical competency / capability
  • Strategic affiliations


"Stimulating and sustaining economic growth through standards & conformance"


"Effective and efficient dissemination of standards and conformance services to stimulate and sustain socio-economic growth towards improved quality of life for all Papua New Guineans"


“Fully develop NISIT’s capacity and capability to effectively and efficiently develop systems, promote and disseminate standards and conformance services in PNG”


  1. to carry out scientific and technological research and development for any of the following purposes: –

    1. to develop a systematic comprehensive and effective National Standards System that will form the essential technological infrastructure to support industrial, trade and economic development in Papua New Guinea;
    2. to assist Papua New Guinea industries by improving and discovering new technical processes and methods, and encouraging the utilization of Papua New Guinea products for both domestic use and for export;
    3. to assist Papua New Guinea industries to ensure reliability and sustainability of quality production of Papua New Guinea made products and services;
    4. to apply the results of research and development to further the interests of the country;
    5. to contribute to the achievement of Papua New Guinea national objectives; and
  2. to establish, develop and maintain measurement standards of physical and chemical quantities and, in relation to those standards–

    1. to promote and co-ordinate their use; and
    2. to promote the development of calibration with respect to them; and
  3. to formulate, develop, and promote through dissemination and promulgation of, technical and measurement standards for commerce, community and industry and for goods produced in or imported into the country; and
  4. to co-operate with international organizations of measurement and technical standards and other appropriate international organizations on matters relating to industrial technology; and
  5. to promote and undertake industrial integrated standardization and quality assurance with the objective of encouraging the utilization of Papua New Guinea products and services, promote industrial efficiency and productivity of Papua New Guinea industries; and
  6. to enter into any agreement both within and outside Papua New Guinea to further the objects and functions of the Institute.


  1. The functions of NISIT per the NISIT Act 1993 are;

    1. to safeguard Papua New Guinea against the dumping and supply of unsafe, unhealthy and inferior or substandard products and to assure Papua New Guinea of quality products and services; and
    2. to establish and co-ordinate the National Standardization system for Papua New Guinea; and
    3. to provide education, training and industrial extension and consultative services to assist industries in meeting standards and to improve production, processes, techniques and procurement; and
    4. to promote public and industrial welfare, health and safety; and
    5. to recognise as testing authorities, bodies and institutions having adequate facilities and capacity to carry out testing functions in relation to standards of measurements and technical standards; and
    6. to establish a National Certification System of Conformity and create under the system various certification and accreditation schemes which shall require a supplier to ensure its customers of quality and sustainable products and services; and
    7. to assist Papua New Guinea industries overcome technical barriers on its products and services to international trade; and
    8. to assist Papua New Guinea industries produce quality products and services that are more competitive in the world market and thereby increase Papua New Guinea share in that market; and
    9. to provide a fundamental and legal metrology service; and
    10. to undertake pre-shipment inspection and quality control; and
    11. to develop and maintain technical information and publication services, collect and disseminate by any convenient means scientific, technical and other information concerning matters pertaining to this Act; and
    12. to develop, verify, calibrate, repair and service instruments and equipment and issue certificates to the effect that an instrument or equipment complies with the specifications applicable to it; and
    13. to conduct tests and provide such other engineering and technical services as may be required by any industry; and
    14. to undertake the training of personnel of the Institute and other bodies or organizations for the fields covered by this Act and to arrange for the training of personnel of the Institute with other local or overseas bodies or organizations; and
    15. to promote standardization in industry and trade with a view to improving the quality of commodities and services as well as industrial efficiency and productivity; and
    16. to advise the State and industrial, commercial and trading organizations on scientific and technical matters; and
    17. to assist the State, Provincial Governments, Local-level Governments, and other public bodies in the preparation of any measurement and technical standards required by them; and
    18. to co-operate with the industrial sector, the State, Provincial Governments, Local-level Governments and other public bodies or authorities with a view to furthering the effective performance of the functions of the Institute; and
    19. to co-operate with any person, association, or organization outside Papua New Guinea having similar functions as those of the Institute, with a view to furthering the effective performance of the functions of the Institute; and
    20. to adopt or adapt technology developed in other countries and apply the results of such research for use in the country; and
    21. to maintain facilities and the capacity to carry out testing functions in relation to standards of measurement and technical standards; and
    22. to hold custody of Papua New Guinea National Physical Measurement Standards as it considers necessary to enable the verification of means of measurement; and
    23. to examine and approve patterns of instruments for use in trade; and
    24. to make provision for the registration of standard and quality marks and regulate their use; and
    25. to collect and disseminate by any convenient means, including the publication of reports, pamphlets, booklets, journals, and other matters, information concerning standards, technology and related matters; and
    26. to co-operate with Departments, universities, technical or scientific societies and other bodies in order to promote industrial development and the training of technical officers, craftsmen and others; and
    27. to solicit and accept for the purposes of the Institute any money, land, or other property, and to extend to a body, person or organization such concessions or benefits as it thinks fit; and
    28. to make recommendations to the Minister in respect of the formulation of specifications and the promulgation and application of standard specifications and compulsory standard specifications; and
    29. to promote research and development in relation to specifications and to provide for the examination and testing of commodities, processes and practices; and
    30. to initiate and undertake or enter into contractual research projects with other persons or bodies in pursuance of its functions under the Act; and
    31. to provide for the examination, testing and calibration of instruments, appliances and apparatus in relation to their accuracy; and
    32. to encourage or undertake educational work in connection with standardization, metrology and quality assurance; and
    33. to advise on questions of a scientific, technological, or techno-economic nature affecting the utilization of Papua New Guinea natural resources and the development of productive enterprises and related services; and
    34. to make arrangements for the inspection of any operation which is being carried out in or upon any premises in connection with the manufacture, production, processing or treatment of any commodity, process or practice for which a standard specification or a compulsory standard specification has been declared; and
    35. to establish, accept or adopt a standard and code of practice in relation to an article or a process; and
    36. to specify Certification Marks and to grant and renew licences for their use; and
    37. to inspect and take samples of any material or substance for the purposes of this Act; and
    38. to inspect, examine or test materials, commodities, articles, processes and practices with a view to evaluating their quality, serviceability and other characteristics; and
    39. to act as consultants and provide assistance in industrial research to any industry; and
    40. to prescribe and levy fees for the grant and renewal of licences under this Act; and
    41. to prescribe and levy fees and charges for any of the purposes of this Act and any regulations made thereunder and recover any costs and expenses incurred as provided in such regulations; and
    42. to exercise all functions and powers and perform all duties which, under any other written law, are or may be or become vested in the Institute or are delegated to the Institute; and
    43. to do all such matters and things as may be incidental to or consequential upon the exercise of its powers or the discharge of its duties under this Act.
  2. The functions of the Institute may be performed within or outside Papua New Guinea.


Translating Vision/Mission Objectives into Divisional Technical functions, roles and responsibilities.

  1. Standards Development Division

    • Sales of Standards
    • Standards Information Service
    • Quality Assurance
  2. Certification Division

    • Quality Systems Certification
    • Quality Assurance
  3. Accreditation Division

    • Laboratory Accreditation
  4. Metrology Division

    • Verification Tests
    • Calibration Services
  5. Radiation Safety Division
  6. Corporate Support Services Division

    • Corporate Affairs and Organizational Strategy & Development
    • Organizational Performance Management (M&E / Reporting)
    • Executive Management Support Services
    • Human Resource Management Services
    • Finance & Accounts Management/Services
    • Information Communication Technology (ICT) Support Services
    • Administrative Support Services


What are the most important principles and values NISIT has to embrace/adopt/develop to realize its Vision/Mission in the next 3-5 years?

NISIT officials live by the following values:

  • Professional We act with integrity and are pragmatic in our approach; we are accountable for our actions. We strive to deliver efficiently services that meet or exceed our client’s expectations.
  • Dedicated We are committed to NISIT’s mandate, determined to achieve its goals, diligent to execute activities, and responsive to the needs of customers and stakeholders.
  • Accurate We value precision in all our endeavours and rely on fact-based and transparent decision making.
  • Collaborative We value others and work together with an open mind to achieve our objectives.
  • Adaptive We seek to improve our systems and performance continuously to match the global benchmarks.

Corporate Values

1AccountabilityBeing accountable to the people for the service we deliver, and being committed to the learning from our experiences to continuously improve.
2People FocusedBeing genuinely concerned that our people receive goods and services that are quality assured, respecting the dignity of all, and delivering services in accordance with our cultural values and traditions
3IntegrityCommitting ourselves to the highest ethical standards in all that we do, and advocating and applying the best practices to the best of our technical and professional abilities
4EquityStriving for an equitable Standards service that is independent from political decision making, and being fare in all our dealings, irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, and political affiliation
5 Quality Pursuing innovative, high quality and safe outcomes in all facets of our business activities and services
6DiversityAcknowledge the diversity in our workforce, professional networks and Clients (industries) in the country and the unique make up of each setting
7Team WorkPromote collaborative effort within NISIT and with our external partners and stakeholders
8TransparentAlways honest in our business dealings