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The Nigeria National Accreditation System (NiNAS) is Nigeria’s national accreditation body recognised internationally to accredit conformity assessment bodies (CABs) such as laboratories (testing, medical testing and calibration), inspection bodies and certification bodies, in accordance with the relevant ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) series of standards and guides. NiNAS’ accreditation attests to the technical competence and impartiality of the CABs to provide conformity assessment services that are recognised internationally. Accreditation reduces the need for multiple inspection of goods and services supplied by accredited CABs.

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NiNAS was established as a key component of the National Quality Infrastructure Project (NQIP) for Nigeria. NQIP is aimed at supporting the missing standards and quality control bodies, which Nigeria needs in order to improve the quality of goods and services exchanged in both the national and international markets. NQIP will ensure the safety, integrity and marketability of goods and services, and the removal of technical barriers to trade.

As a Nigerian entity, NiNAS provides cost effective accreditation services that are easily accessible by organisations operating both in Nigeria and in the West Africa region. Apart from accreditation, NiNAS also provides training in ISO standards.

NiNAS involvement in the activities of international groups like AFRAC, IHAF, ILAC and IAF provides for international recognition of conformity assessment services through the concept of Multi-Lateral Mutual Recognition Arrangements (Arrangements). As a Full Member of AFRAC and an Associate Member of ILAC, NiNAS is working towards becoming a signatory to the different Arrangements of these organisations. This reduces the need for reassessment of goods and services supplied by organisations that have NiNAS accreditation and as a result helps in reducing barriers to trade.

Our Mandates


NiNAS is a not-for-profit organisation registered in 2015 by the Corporate Affairs Commission under Part C (Incorporated Trustees) of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 1990 (CAP C20, LFN 2004).

In November, 2019 the organisation was re-incorporated as a Company limited by Guarantees with the following mandates:

  • To act as the sole national accreditation body charged with accreditation of conformity assessment activities.
  • To accredit, designate, promote, and support conformity assessment bodies in accordance with international standards.
  • To formulate, enforce, regulate and review the criteria or requirements for the accreditation of conformity assessment bodies in line with national and international requirements.
  • To open and maintain record of all accredited conformity assessment bodies.
  • To publish all conformity assessment bodies that have been accredited online.
  • To promote the use of accreditation marks and certificates issued to accredited conformity assessment bodies.
  • To promote competence and equivalence of accredited bodies.
  • To establish and nurture relations and co-operation with regional an international accreditation bodies, persons, associations and
  • organizations that NINAS may consider desirable or appropriate, in furtherance of the objectives and purposes for which NINAS is established.
  • To promote accreditation as a means of facilitating regional and international trade and enhancing economic performance and transformation.
  • To participate in the formulation of regional and international guidelines and standards to facilitate the accreditation process.
  • To raise awareness on the importance and purpose of accreditation.
  • To promote NINAS as the sole National Accreditation Body in the scope of accreditation.
  • To produce and issue identification number and certificate to all accredited conformity assessment bodies.
  • To do all such other things as may be considered incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objects or any of them.

To be a national and regional leader in the delivery of accreditation services to a global standard.

To attest to the competence and impartiality of conformity assessment bodies according to international standards, in order to monitor and improve the quality and reliability of their outputs, thus promoting competitiveness, trade, health, safety and protection of the environment.

The Nigeria National Accreditation System (NiNAS) was incorporated as a not- for -profit organization in 2015 to provide accreditation services in accordance with the requirements of international standards. In 2019, NiNAS became a company limited by guarantee with a Board of Directors drawn from stakeholders in accreditation business.

NiNAS  was initially  established through a partnership between the European Union, the federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and  the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

NiNAS is expected to become self-funding through; fees charged for services and technical support from international donor agencies.

Fees for Services: NiNAS charges fees for the provision of accreditation services like review of application, assessment and maintenance of accreditation.

Training Fee: NiNAS  also provides general trainings on accreditation standards for which participants pay.

Support from Donor Agencies: NiNAS receives support from international donor agencies. NiNAS however, ensures that such supports do not compromise its policy on impartiality and conflict of interest.

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Director General/Chief Executive Officer
Celestine Okanya is an International Expert on Nonprofit Organization Management and a Registered Clinical Pharmacist.
Mrs Lawrena


Director, Laboratory Accreditation
Lawrena Okoro is a Laboratory Specialist with over 22 years working experience.
stephen cross


International Expert on Accreditation
Stephen Cross is the former Vice-President of Accreditation Services with the Standards Council of Canada.
mr Okey


Quality Manager
Okechukwu Ejiofor is a Metrologist with over 20 years work experience in verification, training and development of SOPs.
Mr Joshua


Head, ICT & Web Content
Joshua Jegede is a National Expert in ICT and web content management. He is an Engineer by training...


Office Assistant
Okolo Rosemary O. is a graduate of agronomy and ecological management. She holds a B.sc in soil science...


Information Technology (Intern)
Joshua Alhassan is an ICT personnel, Graphics artist, Video Editor and Sound Engineer...


Information Technology (Intern)
Augustine Onwude is an IT Personnel with good knowledge of business information system management...