Accreditation

Programs

 

NiNAS provides a variety of accreditation services to Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) in accordance with standards published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

NiNAS’ accreditation programs are targeted to the following CABs:

  • ISO/IEC 17020 - Conformity assessment: Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection
  • ISO/IEC 17021 - Conformity assessment: Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management
  • ISO/IEC 17024 - Conformity assessment: General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons
  • ISO/IEC 17025 - General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories
  • ISO/IEC 17065 - Conformity assessment: Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services
  • ISO 15189 - Conformity assessment: Specifies Requirements for quality and competence in medical laboratories
  • ISO/IEC 17043 - Conformity assessment: Proficiency testing
  • ISO 17034 - General requirements for reference materials producers
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CABStandardStatus
Testing LaboratoriesISO/IEC 17025Available
Calibration LaboratoriesISO/IEC 17025Available
Medical Testing LaboratoriesISO 15189 Available
Product Certification BodiesISO/IEC 17065 Available
Inspection bodiesISO/IEC 17020 Available
Audit and Management Certification BodiesISO/IEC 17021 Available
Personnel Certification BodiesISO/IEC 17024 Available
Proficiency Testing BodiesISO/IEC 17043 Available
Reference Materials ProducersISO 17034 Available

Accreditation Process

 

NiNAS will grant accreditation when the CAB demonstrates that it has the necessary competence to perform specified tasks. This assessment follows a process that starts with the application by the CAB.

NiNAS will appoint a team of technical assessors for each project. They will conduct a thorough evaluation of all factors in the CAB that affect the outcome of the CAB’s assessments, e.g :

  • Technical competence of staff (qualifications, training, experience)
  • Appropriateness of assessment methods
  • The use of suitable equipment
  • Safeguards to ensure impartiality and confidentiality
  • Code of conduct and processes for working safely
  • Effective quality assurance procedures, etc.

NiNAS will perform the above-mentioned evaluation of the CABs by reviewing documents and performing audits on-site.

NiNAS will gather the results of the evaluation in a report that is sent to the applicant. The applicant must then put in place all corrective actions that are necessary to resolve any non-conformities.

With the evaluation report and the applicants answer, NiNAS will take a decision. If the decision is positive, NiNAS issues the certificate of accreditation.

Once accredited, NiNAS must re-assess CABs regularly to ensure continued compliance with requirements, and to check that they maintain the required standards of operation.

Time Frames

Generally, the accreditation process will take between 6 and 12 months depending on the scope of the accreditation and the status of the applicant.

The exact duration will depend as well on the level of preparation of the applicant and on the amount of time that the applicant needs to implement any corrective actions.

Who can apply for accreditation?

 

The accreditation process is open to all conformity assessment bodies, whether public or private, regardless of their size or scope of activities. NiNAS will be introducing programs in a phased approach and therefore will have certain programs available at the outset of operations.
Before applying for accreditation, the CAB must have experience in the execution of the activities for which it is requesting accreditation, and it must know and fulfill the applicable accreditation criteria.

Cost

The cost for accreditation includes an application fee for the handling of the process and the costs corresponding to the number of days necessary to carry on the evaluation (review of documents and audits on-site). NiNAS will send an estimate of costs to the applicant prior to the start of the assessment. There is a fee as well for the accreditation certificate.

Finally, accredited CABs pay an annual fee for the maintenance of accreditation.

How to apply for accreditation

To apply for accreditation, please send an email to info@ninas.ng. All information received by NiNAS will be considered confidential.

Download Application form here.