The African Accreditation Cooperation (AFRAC) on Monday, 28th May, 2018 has formally admitted Nigeria National Accreditation Service (NiNAS) as a full member. NiNAS has been an Associate member of the Cooperation since 1st May, 2017 but has now obtained full membership. This change of membership status is a welcome development as this will give NINAS stronger representation in the accreditation business in Africa and , by extension, in other parts of the world.
With this achievement, NiNAS is better positioned for its role as a National Accreditation body for Nigeria and other African countries.
The CEO of Nigeria National Accreditation Service, Celestine Okanya, lend his voice on the importance of quality food in our society. His thought and views on the subject was covered by Core TV on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 at the NiNAS office in Abuja, Nigeria. In his words, “Quality is not negotiable and cannot be ignored if we must make make progress in our non oil international trade………………….”. Among other factors, he stressed the need for improving the standard of our packaged and processed foods in other for them to be acceptable and competitive internationally. The full broadcast can be watched in the video below:
9 June 2018 marks World Accreditation Day as a global initiative, jointly established by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation.
This year’s theme focuses focuses on how accreditation delivers a safer world.
The expectation of safe workplaces, safe products, safe transport, safe food, in fact all aspects of our lives is universally shared. Statistics however show that the expectation is not being matched by the reality. Closing this gap is a vital consideration for government, regulators and businesses, aiming to keep people safer in their work, their domestic life, their journeys and all other parts of their lives.
As in previous years, the day will be celebrated across the world with the hosting of major national events, seminars, and press and media coverage, to provide the opportunity to explore how accreditation can help deliver a safer world and to support businesses, government and regulators to find standards, conformity assessment and accreditation tools to support them in this goal.
You can read more at http://ilac.org/news-and-events/world-accreditation-day/