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Inaugural SADCA Regional World Accreditation Day Successfully Celebrated

The inaugural Southern African Development Community Cooperation in Accreditation (SADCA) Regional World Accreditation Day (WAD) was successfully celebrated virtually on the 9th June 2022 under the theme: Accreditation: Sustainability in Economic Growth and the Environment. The theme highlights how accreditation supports 9 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the provision of a trusted platform for defining, developing and verifying requirements for products and services while helping to ensure and demonstrate that products and services meet specified requirements.

The SADCA Regional WAD workshop was attended by more than 170 participants from various backgrounds including the public and private sectors, SADCA members, conformity assessment bodies, and several associations within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

In his capacity as the SADCA Marketing and Communications Committee (MCC) Chair and the Master of Ceremonies for the event, Mr Edward Mmatli, introduced the presenters while SADCA Chair, Mr. Chankar Beekhun gave the welcome remarks.

The following presentations were given during the workshop:

  • Benefits and importance of the SADCA MRA by Mr Xavier Mugari, SADCA MCC Vice Chair;
  • Accreditation and Environmental sustainability by Mr. Shadrack Phophi, SANAS Accreditation Manager: testing Laboratories & GLP/GCP;
  • Accreditation: A route to protect the environment by ensuring compliance with standards by Ms. Pinkie Malebe, SADCAS Technical Manager;
  • How Accreditation has ensured sustainable economic growth and environment in Mauritius over the years by Mr. Robin Gopee, MAURITAS Director and Ms. Cheeshta Matadeen-Domum, MAURITAS Assistant Accreditation Manager; and
  • Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) by Mr, John Ndalamo, SANAS Accreditation Manager.

Presentations were followed by a screening of a video produced by ILAC and IAF entitled, “Accreditation: Sustainability in Economic Growth and Environment”. The audience posted comments and questions which were promptly addressed by the organisers and presenters, making for an interactive and engaging webinar experience. Ms. Tshenolo Molamu, SADCA MCC Vice Chair, gave the closing remarks. Various WAD promotional materials that were developed by ILAC and IAF were utilised during the preparation of the event.   It is hoped that following the successful regional World Accreditation celebration, SADCA would continue to organise the regional WAD event in future over and above the celebrations that are expected to be held at national level.

SADCA is a cooperation of accreditation bodies in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. It is a Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Cooperation Structure established under the TBT Annex to the SADC Protocol on Trade. SADCA currently comprises of a total of 21 Members covering 15 out of the 16 SADC Member States:

  • 3 Arrangement Members namely: MAURITAS (Mauritius); SANAS (South Africa); and SADCAS a multi economy accreditation body servicing the accreditation needs of 14 SADC Member States);
  • 13 Ordinary Members; and
  • 5 Stakeholder Members.

SADCA’s mission is to manage and expand accreditation recognition arrangements that support SADC industrialisation, facilitate trade and regional integration through credible, reliable and sustainable conformity assessment services that will contribute to the SADC region’s sustainable development.

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INAB: Strategy for Accreditation, Ireland

The Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB), which is part of the Health and Safety Authority, published Ireland’s first ever Strategy for Accreditation in May 2022. The Strategy sets out a vision and an ambitious roadmap for accreditation from 2022 to 2026. It was developed through intensive stakeholder engagement, market analysis and consultations over the course of 2021. Four strategic priorities will direct the strategy for Accreditation over the 5-year period. As part of this Strategy, INAB wants to grow the number of accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies in Ireland to meet demand and support Irish industry. The Strategy for Accreditation will be delivered through specific and detailed actions across four key priority areas:

Under each of the priority areas are clear goals and objectives that are and will be implemented throughout the next 4 years. The implementation of the Strategy sets out a clear path for how Ireland can utilise the many benefits of accreditation. We are now in the process of implementing the strategy through the programme of work each year, that contain actions and key performance indicators for the year ahead.

The Accreditation Strategy may be accessed here.

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The participation of the Saudi Accreditation Centre in the World Accreditation Day 2022

In celebration of World Accreditation Day, the Saudi Accreditation Centre held a seminar under the title “Accreditation: Sustainability in Economic Development and the Environment” via remote video communication with participation from the international accreditation bodies and national centres. The seminar was attended by more than 100 specialists and interested attendees.

The Saudi accreditation centre covered many topics, including environmental commitment as a source of sustainability for the national economy, the waste management policy in Saudi Arabia and sustainable development goals. Moreover, Mr Hassan Al-Wahaibi, the Deputy Executive Director of Operations at the Saudi Accreditation Centre, gave a comprehensive presentation of the centre’s services, procedures, and regulations, in addition to the Jordanian accreditation system and the sustainable development goals in the Kingdom of Jordan.

Dr Adel bin Abdulrahman Al-Qaid, the Executive Director of the Centre, opened the seminar by speaking of the Centre’s goals and its contribution to reaching the Kingdom’s quality system to the top ten countries in the world by 2030 and the Saudi Accreditation’s endeavour to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation and quality in all sectors.

The seminar was attended by the Chief Executive Officer of the British Accreditation Authority, Mr Matt Gantley, who confirmed the essential role of accreditation in the quality infrastructure. Mr Gantley spoke about the contribution of mutual recognition between international accreditation bodies to make the exporting goods easier and less costly to reach new markets. Then, Mr Gantley stated that accreditation has a significant contribution to the UK economy, ranging from 600 million to one billion pounds sterling, according to studies by the London Group.

Dr Abdullah Al-Sibai, CEO of the National Centre for Waste Management, reported that the transition to a circular economy will contribute to a domestic product of around 120 billion by 2035. Dr . Al-Sibai also stated that the majority of recycling operations are not economically feasible. The National Centre for Waste Management in Saudi Arabia is currently working to issue technical guidelines on the mechanism for implementing waste management activities. The centre is focusing on achieving its mission based on the principle of circular economy to contribute to environmental protection and quality of life.

The seminar was also enriched by Eng. Lana Marashda, Director of the Jordanian Accreditation Unit. Eng. Marashda spoke about the direct connection of accreditation with sustainable development goals. Then, Eng. Marashda emphasised that the accreditation gives confidence in the purposes used in protecting the environment. At the end of her speech, she mentioned that water quality control laboratories in the Kingdom of Jordan are obligated to obtain accreditation.

Eng. Ahmed Al-Malki, the Chairman of the Council of the Saudi Society for Quality in Medina, stated that the environmental protection activities need to be approved to increase their credibility, and the presence of environmental protection associations contributes to creating a culture and providing initiatives to address environmental issues. He added that the global economy during the last twenty years had doubled fifteen times, and with this massive transformation, there has been an enormous consumption of natural resources that affects the concept of sustainable development and the need to ensure sustainable protection to preserve the resources for future generations.

The symposium closed with a speech by Eng. Yasser Al-Shehri, the Environmental Advisor at the National Centre for Monitoring Environmental Compliance in Saudi Arabia. Eng. Al-Shehri stated that the National Environment Strategy aspires to raise the level of environmental commitment for all development sectors and enables the National Centre for Environmental Compliance to the environmental commitment by considering the air quality and safety. The centre will have a monitoring station in every region and governorate in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to calculate the spread of pollutants.

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ONAC News

Strategic Planning 2023 – 2027

Those companies who wish to survive in an increasingly globalized and competitive environment must set their goals and objectives accordingly. Strategic planning plays a crucial role in this case since it provides a set of tools to reach the organization’s potential. However, this is without losing sight of the fact that a rapidly changing and uncertain environment requires the development of internal operations that employ transcendental management processes. This is why, in an organizational environment, strategic planning is one of the tools that most contribute to developing solution alternatives, making decisions, applying best practices, evaluating results, and facilitating interdisciplinary communication and coordination, as it includes processes that extend beyond defining work objectives and direct efforts towards analyzing the environment and defining action-plans. In conclusion, strategic planning connects all the company’s teams, translating the company’s mission, vision, and goals into tangible results and reducing problems, stimulating participation, and stirring concern of all, since it is considered a process that enables the participants to optimize the use of their resources for the achievement of a desired objective. After renewing its planning exercise after five years, ONAC achieve most of its goals by 2022, including updating recognition agreements and increasing the number of accredited OECs. As part of this project, ONAC, with the assistance of SUMMUM, is developing a comprehensive roadmap that will guide its efforts between 2023 and 2027. In this roadmap, its purpose, its strategic pillars, and its objectives will be redefined, as well as indicators demonstrating the organization’s progress will be developed. Since August, several activities have been undertaken to determine the path ONAC has taken with respect to the strategic planning defined for 2017 to 2022. These activities include conducting focus groups with leading evaluators of accreditation schemes and conducting interviews with ONAC management personnel. In addition, this includes key members of entities involved in direct, indirect or government interests. The management team and process leaders participated in a three-day workshop at the beginning of September, in which innovative and dynamic work methodologies were employed in order to evaluate the current state of the ONAC team, as well as the external context. Based on the analysis of trends, it was possible to construct a SWOT matrix. This allowed the concepts for the creation of the redesigned MEGA, the strategic pillars, objectives, and indicators, to be grounded.

At the end of the workshop, an outdoor activity was held to reflect on the consolidation of the ONAC team and the challenging road ahead. It is expected that, by December 2022, the agency will make public the revised roadmap after approval by its Board of Directors. We will share the results with the management team and SUMMUM in the final quarter of the year. By doing so, we will be able to finalize the presentation for the Board of Directors in December. Following approval by the Board of Directors, the roadmap the next five years will be disseminated in the all works teams of our collaborators.

 

ONAC: Reference Material Producers Accreditation Scheme ISO 17034

The development of more accurate measuring equipment and the need for more accurate and reliable data for informed decision making in scientific and technological disciplines is a worldwide trend, In addition, the general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories, as defined in the international standard ISO/IEC 17025, require them to adopt standardized and verified test methods, which can be achieved through the use of certified reference materials. In this way, reference materials are essential for the industry and supporting sectors. They have known and specified properties, with a given value, an associated uncertainty, and a statement of metrological traceability. The reference material certificate can only be issued by a Reference Material Producer accredited under ISO 17034, which is also responsible for assigning relevant property values and uncertainties.

The National Accreditation Body of Colombia, ONAC, through its survey for the Identification of Needs for the Development of New Accreditation Services, identified the need for the development of the service not only for testing, calibration and medical laboratories, who use these reference materials to establish metrological traceability in their measurement results, but also by different industrial sectors: metallurgical, construction, environmental sectors, among others, who agree that accreditation is a means to determine the technical competence of reference material producers to produce reference materials, and a marketing tool, given by the generation of confidence in quality given to end customers.

The development of the service was carried out with and funded by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) (under the Global Quality and Standards Programme (GQSP)), with the help of the U.S. accreditation body, the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). The latter guided training in ISO 17034 for technical professionals and internal ONAC staff involved in the accreditation and assessment processes under the international standard. ONAC was also able to observe a Reference Material Producer assessment conducted by A2LA. With this training, the ONAC evaluators of the scheme were qualified.

After a year and a half of work in the development of the service, the official launch of the accreditation scheme for producers of reference materials took place on July 6th, 2022 in Bogota, Colombia, with the participation of different entities such as: UNIDO, A2LA, the National Metrology Institute of Colombia (INM), the National Metrology Center of Mexico (CENAM), two laboratories interested in the accreditation service, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism of Colombia, among others, all which had interventions on the different perspectives of the importance of the service in Colombia and in the region.

Currently there are three laboratories interested in accreditation with ONAC under the scheme of reference material producers, knowing that accreditation with ONAC leads to continuous improvement in their management system and activities for the production of reference materials and gives them added value by meeting the quality requirements demanded by the market and articulation with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 and is a differentiating element that will give them a competitive advantage in the provision of their services.

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EIAC Updates

EIAC attended ISO meetings

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Emirates International Accreditation Centre (EIAC), Ms. Amina Ahmed Mohammed and other staff members attended the ISO annual meetings held on 19-23 September 2022 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Ms. Amina who is also the Chair of Arab Accreditation Cooperation (ARAC) participated as panelist in the ISO Session titled “Has covid launched the digital transformation of conformity assessment “. Mr. Marcus Long Chief Executive of Independent International Organisation for Certification (IIOC) was the moderator of this ISO session.

During a Q & A session, she said the accreditation community did organize itself promptly as soon as the pandemic was announced, fast response working groups were created, and both organizations shifted their work to remote work and applied their extraordinary event procedures that existed before the pandemic. ILAC and IAF did also make sure that the confidence in conformity assessment result is preserved especially during the pandemic where these services are sometimes literally vital. A website was created to collect questions and publish FAQs and guidance, this allowed Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) and stakeholders from around the world to continue providing their services in a harmonized and effective way.

She further said, facing to such extraordinary event, there was surely a need to harmonize practices worldwide, that’s why ILAC, IAF and the regional Accreditation Groups did promptly establish the mechanisms to have an agreement on the way to continue providing CA services while preserving the confidence in the Multilateral arrangements. This is not limited to the pandemic situation. The pandemic did maybe accelerate the process, but the accreditation community was since many years harmonizing its digital work and the adaptation to new technologies imperatives.

In response to another question she said, the main purpose of accreditation is to provide confidence in the competence of the conformity assessment services provided within the national, regional and global quality infrastructure. By building this trust, accreditation facilitates trade, allows for comparability of results worldwide, and hence consumer protection and economic growth. With the development of new schemes and emergence of new industries that require conformity assessment activities, accreditation adapts by gathering the experts from around the world to establish the chain of trust and cover it by it Multilateral recognition arrangements.

Photo: EIAC CEO participating in ISO panel discussion.

EIAC accredited Kazakhstan Standards for Halal Certification

Emirates International Accreditation Centre (EIAC) accredited the Halal Certification Department of Kazakhstan Institute of Standardization and Metrology according to UAE halal standards. Ms. Amina Ahmed Mohammed CEO of EIAC presented the accreditation certificate in presence of Prime minister of Kazakhstan His Excellency Alikhan Smailov and Minister of Energy of UAE His Excellency Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei in a prestigious ceremony held in Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi.

Prime Minister of Kazakhstan along with his delegation was on a working visit to the UAE.

Photo: EIAC CEO presenting accreditation certificate to KAZ standards.

Ras Al Khaimah Police – the first Forensic Investigation Unit in Gulf Region to get accreditation according to the ISO/IEC 17020

The Emirates International Accreditation Centre (EIAC) has granted accreditation to the Forensic Investigation Unit of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Police in accordance with the ISO/IEC 17020 for the scopes of Questioned Documents, Fire and Arson Investigation, Forensic Autopsy & Histopathology, Clinical Forensic Medicine and Women and Child Examination. Ras Al Khaimah police is the first police unit in gulf region that got ISO/IEC 17020 accreditation for the subject scope.

Ras Al Khaimah is one of the seven Emirates of United Arab Emirates (UAE) and is known for its pharmaceutical, ceramics, cement industries, international trade through RAK Ports. Tourism is also a booming sector in Ras Al Khaimah. Its sandy beaches and islands attract hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.

EIAC received approval from ISQuaEEA

The External Evaluation Award Committee (EEAC) of the International Society for Quality in Health Care External Evaluation Association (ISQuaEEA) has endorsed the

 EIAC Accreditation Standard for Healthcare Providers after independent assessment.

The EIAC Accreditation Standard for Healthcare Providers covers the scopes of Hospitals, Clinics, Day Surgery Centers, Fertility Centers, Home Health Services, Medical Tourism and Telehealth Services.

Arab regional forum on voluntary Third-Party Assurance (vTPA)

EIAC CEO participated in Arab Regional Forum on Voluntary Third-Party Assurance in Food Sector Approach and Modalities in the Arab Region, which was held in Amman, Jordan.

The forum was conducted by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in cooperation with the Arab Industrial Development, Standardization and Mining Organization (AIDSMO) and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). Ms. Amina Ahmed Mohammed CEO of EIAC and Chair of Arab Accreditation Cooperation (ARAC) addressed the forum. She gave overview of the food safety quality assurance programs in the arab region. She informed the participants that a similar voluntary Third-Party Assurance (vTPA) certification scheme for Food establishments/ Food Business Operators (FBOs) was introduced in Dubai in 2008. The scheme was based on Codex Alimentarius CAC/RCP 1-1969 and regulatory body Food Control Department’s Requirements. She informed that Emirates International Accreditation Centre (EIAC) which was known as Dubai Accreditation Department (DAC) at that time initiated and started the accreditation scheme for third party food safety management systems certification bodies to certify food establishments/ Food Business Operators (FBOs) for HACCP based requirements. She said the EIAC’s experience can be utilized throughout the region in this regard.

Photo: EIAC CEO addressing Arab regional forum on vTPA.

Photo: Arab regional forum group photo.

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The first Italian research biobank compliant with UNI ISO 20387 has been accredited

The Multi-specialistic Biobank of the Pisan University Hospital has obtained accreditation in the biobanking of biological material of human origin. An important milestone, the result of international work and institutional dialogue.

 

A research biobank is a facility that collects, stores and manages biological material and related clinical data in an organized manner for research purposes. Biological material is an essential asset for the progress of biotechnology, an emerging sector on a world scale, which, according to OECD estimates, will have a huge weight on the world economy in 2030 and will account for 2.7% of global GDP overall.

Research biobanks have a wide impact and those who use deposited materials require guarantees regarding the collection, transport, storage, traceability and distribution of these materials. For the progress of research, it is therefore essential that the biological materials deposited are of quality, and that they are managed by the biobanks in order to ensure the reproducibility and comparability of the research results, through standard processes and procedures.

These needs are met by the accreditation of biobanks according to UNI ISO 20387:2019 “Biotechnologies – “Biobanking” – General requirements for biobanking”, specifying the general requirements of competence, impartiality and consistent functioning of the structures. The standard defines a broad framework of reference shared internationally for the collection, storage and subsequent use of samples, and represents the reference for requesting and obtaining accreditation.

On 14 July, the first Italian Biobank – the Multi-speciality Biobank of the Pisan University Hospital – obtained accreditation in compliance with UNI ISO 20387. The assessment process involved an assessment team with expertise in both biobanking and biological material of human origin, in the field of quality management systems, IT and information security, privacy and GDPR. The assessment was carried out on a documentary level and through on-site verification. It is the first Italian biobank to obtain this very important recognition.

The accreditation scheme and related regulations were developed by the Calibration Laboratories Department of Accredia, in collaboration with the National Institute of Health in Italy (ISS – Istituto Superiore di Sanità) and the Testing Laboratories Department of Accredia. The support of a Technical Consultation Table specifically set up and composed of the main institutions involved is also fundamental: Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, National Institute of Health in Italy, Association of Zooprophylactic Institutes, Council for Research in Agriculture and analysis of the agricultural economy, BBMRI – Italy, National Institute of Metrological Research, JOINT RESEARCH UNIT MIRRI-IT, National Order of Biologists, RIBES.

A result achieved thanks to the collaboration between Accredia and the Ministry of Health with the launch of a Pilot Project which in 2021 involved three Biobanks belonging to three Scientific Institutes for Research, Hospitalization and Healthcare (IRCSS) in the preliminary assessments in compliance with the standard UNI ISO 20387.

Accreditation provides a clear and reliable index of the capabilities and adequacy of the structure in terms of competence, impartiality and consistent functioning, in line with the international standard. Furthermore, the assessment process preparatory to the issue of the accreditation certificate provides valuable information to support the Biobank in the fundamental process of simplifying the procedures, favouring a potential saving of time and money.

As for the results, accreditation increases confidence in the production of the biobank and ensures that interested parties comply with the crucial requirements, contributing to the progress of scientific research in the sector.

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Introduction in China of proficiency testing for lithium batteries in accordance with UN 38.3 and relevant proposal

Chinese delegation introduced the proficiency testing project for lithium battery UN38.3 inspection organized by China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS) in the form of information document at the 60th United Nation Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods on June 28, 2022. A proposal was also made on further clarification on some unclear description of test requirements in relevant United Nation standard.

Representatives from many countries agreed with the content of the document, and expressed their willingness to establish a dialogue mechanism with the Chinese side and relevant laboratories to jointly study and solve the problems existing in the current technical standard.

Download the document here.

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Cofrac: Accredited inspection of social and medico-social establishments and services

The Cofrac has opened the accreditation for the inspection bodies in charge of social and medico-social establishments and services (SMSES) assessment.

In France more than 45,000 SMSES care for old people, disabled persons or persons with specifics difficulties. A reform provides the French High Authority of Health (HAS) the responsibility to create a new assessment plan and review the recognition method for the bodies in charge of it. The aim of this reform thanks to accreditation is to measure the quality of the services delivered to people by the SMSES.

The assessment plan relies on the decree nr 2022-742 which makes accreditation mandatory for this activity and presents this assessment process set by the HAS.

On the 16th of May 2022, the Cofrac opened the accreditation for inspection bodies according to the ISO/IEC 17020 standard. To start this reform, the aforementioned decree allows the inspection bodies to assess the SMSES as soon as they get involved in an accreditation process. In particular, the Cofrac has developed a plan in two parts:

  1. The first part is the admissibility (administrative and operational) of the request. At the end of this step, the Cofrac delivers or not a positive operational admissibility. This notification allows the inspection body, to register on the Synaé platform and begin to assess the SMSES while awaiting its accreditation.
  2. The last part is the assessment by Cofrac. It intervenes as soon as the inspection body has assessed at least one SMESS according to the new standard. This assessment takes place on the inspection body site and also includes the observation of an assessment inside an SMSES. If the review of the report submitted by the Cofrac teams’ assessors comes to a favourable decision, the accreditation is granted.

 The inspection body has a maximum period of 18 months from the date of its positive operational admissibility to obtain its accreditation.

The accreditation scheme is fully operational. A significant number of inspection bodies applying for accreditation have already entered the accreditation process.

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First assessment of the Environmental Analysis Laboratory of the Polytechnic Faculty of the University of Lubumbashi

The Environmental Analysis Laboratory (LAE) is the first university laboratory in the Democratic Republic of Congo to be accredited by SADCAS according to the requirements of the ISO/CEI 17025:2017 standard since September 2021 (accreditation number: TEST- 50063). Its field of activity concerns environmental analyses: air, water, soil and waste.

The LAE’s mission is to provide scientific expertise and develop knowledge to know the quality of the environment in order to develop society in a sustainable way. As such, it offers in the field of the environment, management and sustainable exploitation of natural resources: training, research, professional supervision and expertise for the benefit of industrialists.

The first assessment of the LAE by SADCAS took place on Monday, September 12, 2022 in face-to-face. The LAE thus becomes the first SADC laboratory to undergo a post-COVID assessment by SADCAS.

a) Opening meeting with all LAE staff;

b) Working session: assessment of the LAE management system;

c) Working session: technical evaluation.

All chapters (management and technical) of the system have been assessed against the requirements of the international standard ISO/IEC 17025:2017 and the additional requirements of SADCAS/ILAC/IAF.

The vertical evaluation and the witnessing were the subject of the technical evaluation. At the end, two new technical signatories have been successfully assessed and their approvals are in progress. A few discrepancies were noted by the evaluation team and a corrective action plan was submitted for approval.

In view of the low number of non-conformities encountered, the LAE hopes to maintain its accreditation.

The head of the LAE, Prof. Arthur KANIKI particularly thanks the Rector of the University of Lubumbashi, Prof. Gilbert KISHIBA for his support as well as Dean Jean-Marie KANDA for his support. He commends the commitment of all his staff. He warmly thanks the CEO of ASCOLAB (NLA/DRC), Mr. Victor KANAMA Viki Mbuya for his coaching.

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RE-EVALUATION – MAURITAS BY AFRAC/SADCA (13-17 JUNE 2022)

The Re-Evaluation of MAURITAS by the African Accreditation Cooperation (AFRAC) and the Southern African Development Community Cooperation in Accreditation (SADCA) on behalf of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC)  International Accreditation Forum (IAF) took place on 13 to 17 June 2022. The aim of the Re-Evaluation was to evaluate the continued international recognition of MAURITAS accreditation for Testing (ISO/IEC 17025), Calibration (ISO/IEC 17025) and Management System Certification (17021) in the sub-scopes Quality Management System (QMS – ISO 9001) and Food Safety Management System (FSMS – ISO 22000).

The composition of the Evaluation Team was as follows:

SN

Name

Organisation

Position in Evaluation Team

1

Ms. Susan Munyiri-Ochieng

Kenya Accreditation Service (KENAS)

Team Leader

2

Mr. Shadrack Phophi

South African National Accreditation System (SANAS)

Deputy Team Leader and Team Member – Testing

3

Mr. Neville Tayler

South African National Accreditation System (SANAS)

Team Member – Calibration

4

Mr. Moslem Barrack

Tunisian Accreditation Council (TUNAC)

Team Member – Certification (QMS & FSMS)

5

Mr. Sam Thema

South African National Accreditation System (SANAS)

Trainee Team Member – Calibration

6

Mrs. Felista Nyakoe

Kenya Accreditation Service (KENAS)

Trainee Team Member – Certification (QMS & FSMS)

7

Mr. Emanuele Riva

L’Ente Italiano di Accreditamento (ACCREDIA)

ILAC/IAF Observer – Certification

8

Mrs. Dana Leaman

National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP)

ILAC/IAF Observer – Calibration

9

Mr. Rob Miller

American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA)

ILAC/IAF Observer – Testing

MAURITAS successfully cleared all the findings raised by the Evaluation Team and consequently its signatory status within AFRAC was approved during the AFRAC General Assembly on 30 September 2022 in Cairo, Egypt.

Mr. R.N. Gopee (Director, MAURITAS) and Mr. R. Miller (ILAC/IAF Observer – Testing)

Mr. S. Phophi (Deputy Team Leader and Team Member – Testing) and Mr. M. Koolwont (Accreditation Manager, MAURITAS)

Mrs. F. Nyakoe (Trainee Team Member – Certification for QMS & FSMS), Mr. M. Barrack (Team Member – Certification for QMS & FSMS) and Mrs. C. Matadeen-Domun (Assistant Accreditation Manager – MAURITAS)

Mr. S. Thema (Trainee Team Member – Calibration), Mr. N. Tayler (Team Member – Calibration) and Mrs. Y. Jafajul (Ag. Assistant Accreditation Manager – MAURITAS)

Closing meeting of the MAURITAS Re-Evaluation

The Evaluation Team members with staff of MAURITAS

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