The 6th GCC Conference for Laboratory Proficiency

GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) is organizing a conference under the patronage of His Excellency Minister of
Commerce Chairman of Board of Directors of the SASO Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi in partnership with the
Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) on “The 6th GCC Laboratory Proficiency Conference” which will
be held on 18th and 19th October 2022 in hybrid mode i.e. physical and virtual in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, nested at
the heart of the capital city, Riyadh.

This conference is a great opportunity for laboratory experts from the testing and calibration industry to connect,
discuss key trends and present solutions to the challenges faced by the laboratories in the GCC region.

The conference is programed for two days, which will offer a platform to the region lab specialists to share their
findings, guidance from keynote speakers, new technologies and innovations.

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Laboratory Proficiency for Food Security and Sustainability’ to address and
highlight the challenges, opportunities, and solutions very trendy topics with laboratory experts from GCC Member

Conference Theme: Laboratory Proficiency for Food Security and Sustainability

The Conference Objectives

  1. Integration of the quality infrastructure of the GCC countries in the field of petroleum and
    petrochemicals … a catalyst for growth.
  2. Proficiency tests and their role in quality sustainability.
  3. Harmonization and integration in the application of standards at the Gulf and international levels
    … Enhancing industry and economy.
  4. Testing in the field of petroleum and petrochemicals.
  5. Standards and quality … supporting growth in the petroleum products and petrochemicals sector.

Main Topics (Not limited to)

  • Topic (A): Proficiency Testing (PT) is a Key Tool for Competitiveness, Innovation,
    and Industry Development.
  • Topic (B): Laboratories Role in Promoting Food Safety in the GCC Common Market.
  • Topic (C): Improvement of Quality Infrastructure for Food Sustainability
  • Topic (D): Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Pandemic in Laboratory Proficiency.
  • Topic (E): Food Legislations and Regulations.
  • Topic (F): Accreditation Role in Enhancing Food Safety and Sustainability through
    Laboratory Proficiency.

Targeted Participants
National, Regional, and International:

  • Standardization Bodies
  • Accreditation Bodies
  • Food Surveillance Authorities
  • Testing Laboratories
  • Calibration Laboratories
  • Food Testing Laboratories
  • Surveillance Authorities
  • Legislative Authorities
  • Institutes and Universities
  • Research Centers
  • Food Manufacturers


GCC Standardization Organization (GSO)

Conference Sessions:

  1. Opening Session
    • Recitation of the Holy Quran
    • Speech of his Excellency Mr. Saud Alkhusaibi
    • Secretary General GCC Standardization Organization (GSO)
    • Speech of his Excellency Mr. John Walter
    • ISO President
    • Speech of his Excellency Dr. Ali Alsunaidi
    • Minister of Commerce and Industry, Sultanate of Oman
    • Honoring Sponsors and speakers
    • Group Picture
  2. Integration of the quality infrastructure of the GCC countries in the field of petroleum and
    petrochemicals … a catalyst for growth
  3. Proficiency Tests and their Role in Quality Sustainability
  4. The role of quality infrastructure in oil and petrochemicals industry as a catalyst for growth.
  5. Harmonization and integration in the implementation of standards at the GCC and international levels
    … Enhancing industry and economy:
  6. Accreditation for conformity assessment services … and its role to build confidence in the
    services provided to the petroleum and petrochemical industries
  7. The reality and challenge of testing in the field of petroleum and petrochemicals in the GCC

Training Courses: (24-25/02/2019)

  • ISO/IEC 17043: General requirements for proficiency testing “
  • ISO/IEC 17025:2017: Petrochemical Labs

Workshops: (26/02/2019)

  • Statistical Quality Control (SQC) and ASTM D6299 Standard Practice for Applying Statistical Quality
    Assurance and Control Charting Techniques to Evaluate Analytical Measurement System Performance.
  • Proficiency Testing participation and report interpretation

Location : Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Venue : Intercontinental Hotel

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