Mr. Victor Ryan Biran, a Standards Officer with the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS) was presented yesterday with the ISO Helmut Reihlen Award 2008 at ISO's 31st General Assembly in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
ISO Vice President (technical management), Mr. Jacob Holmblad, presented the award to Mr. Biran for the best essay submitted in the ISO Contest for Young Standardizers in developing countries and economies in transition on the theme, “International Standards supporting public policies”.
Prizes are also being awarded to the two young standardizers who tied for second place: Mr. John Oppong-Otoo, Assistant Standards Officer, Ghana Standards Board (GSB) , and Mr. Patrick Nayore Mosigisi, Metrologist, Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS).
The purpose of the contest is to mobilize the enthusiasm of young standardizers in developing countries and economies in transition and to raise awareness of the importance of standards in promoting safe and sustainable development.
Prizes reward the three best essays written on an important subject of international standardization or related matters. The contest is open to permanent employees working in a national standardization institution, member of ISO, as well as experts engaged in ISO’s technical work.
The award is named after Professor Helmut Reihlen in recognition of his significant contribution to ISO's technical assistance activities in developing countries. Dr. Reihlen led DIN Deutsches Institut für Normung, the ISO member for Germany, from 1977 to 1999.