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NINAS ORGANISES ISO/IEC 17025:2017 TRAINING

NiNAS held a three-days training workshop on ISO/IEC 17025:2017 from 16th to the 18th of July, 2021 at Lumiere Point Hotel, Ajao Estate, Lagos. It was an open training intended for organizations and individual participants with interest in the standard and quality in general.

The International Standard ISO/IEC 17025:2017: General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories prescribes the management and technical requirements needed by laboratories to demonstrate competence and generate quality results.

The training was well attended by representatives of these organizations: 

The training course consisted of lectures, group exercise and interactive session.

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World Accreditation Day 2021 (WAD2021)

Today, 9th June 2021 marks the World Accreditation Day (WAD). WAD is a global initiative, jointly established by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), to raise awareness on the importance of accreditation.

This year’s theme focuses on how Accreditation supports the implementation of the United Nation’s Sustainable development goals.

NiNAS marked the celebration by organizing a webinar for stakeholders and other interested parties. Participants were briefed on what Accreditation encompasses; the benefits, key players in the Accreditation system and the position and role of NiNAS as an Accreditation body. On WAD 2021, participants were given detailed insight into the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and how Accreditation directly and indirectly affects them, with case studies given to further drive home the points. At the end of the event, the ILAC IAF WAD 2021 videos on People, Planet and Prosperity were played.

The Speakers were Rosemary Okolo, Alhassan Joshua, Dr. Lawrena Okoro and the DG NiNAS Mr. Celestine Okanya.

WAD 2021 theme: Accreditation: Supporting the implementation of the SDGs

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Training on ISO/IEC 17025:2017

The Nigeria National Accreditation System, NiNAS just successfully concluded a 3-day awareness and implementation training course on ISO/IEC 17025:2017 for laboratory staff/consultants in Abuja.  The International Standard, ISO/IEC 17025:2017, General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories prescribes the management and technical requirements needed by laboratories to demonstrate competence and generate quality results.

The training course consisted of:

  • Lectures
  • Group exercise
  • Interactive sessions
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TRAINING ON ISO/IEC 17011:2017 FOR ISO 15189 ASSESSORS

Nigeria National Accreditation System (NiNAS) just concluded a PHASE 3 TRAINING ON ISO/IEC 17011:2017 FOR ISO 15189 ASSESSORS

ISO/IEC 17011:2017: General requirements for Accreditation System Operations. Participants were persons who had participated previously in NiNAS’ Assessors’ Training and included:
Pathologists from various sub specializations:

  • Clinical Microbiologists
  • Chemical Pathologists
  • Hematologists
  • Anatomic pathologists


The training course content:

  • Introduction to NiNAS
  • NiNAS Accreditation activities (Facts & Figures)
  • Introduction to the Accreditation of Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs)
  • ISO/IEC 17011:2017 – Who Accredits the Accreditors?
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NiNAS ORGANISES ISO/IEC 17024:2012 TRAINING

NiNAS held a three-day training workshop on ISO/IEC 17024:2012 from 14th to 16th of April, 2021 at NiNAS House, Asokoro, Abuja. The training was organized for members of the National Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA).

Interactive sessions were held during the training; participants shared the current processes adopted by NEMSA, possible ways of improvement, challenges to expect during the implementation of the Standards, and how they could be solved. As is customary, a checklist was made to clarify the variation between their current process and the ISO Standard. This helped them to better understand the level of work to be done to ensure the standards are completely met.

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NIGERIAN ELECTRICITY MANAGEMENT SERVICES, NEMSA MOVES TO ALIGN HER SERVICES TO INTERNATIONAL BEST PRACTICES THROUGH ACCREDITATION

Nigeria National Accreditation System (NiNAS) is established to provide accreditation for Conformity Assessment Bodies as an authoritative body with traceability to the international standards.


The Federal Executive Council, FEC recently approved the Nigeria National Quality Policy. Among other requirements of this policy, Conformity Assessment bodies are required to achieve accreditation in relevant standards related to their services, processes and operations.


Nigerian Electricity Management Services management as part of their commitment to quality services to her customers and electricity consumers, decided to seek accreditation to relevant standards related to the legal mandate. 


In other to provide a solid framework for NEMSA and NiNAS relationships towards achieving above goals, both organizations entered into an Memorandum of Understanding, MOU today, March 23, 2021. The MOU is focused on, among other issues, training and Accreditation services.


This MOU is quite remarkable and unique because NiNAS through trainings and services will provide the needed support and facilitate processes that will enhance institutional systems improvement, compliance to international best practices, and global recognition that will ensure the efficient production, delivery of safe, reliable and sustainable electricity power supply and guarantee safety of lives and property in Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry.

The ultimate goal is to accredit NEMSA in four standards namely ISO 17025, ISO 17020, ISO 17024, and ISO 17065. NEMSA is making a history for being the first Agency of the Nigerian Government to submit all her processes to international accreditation, in furtherance of the requirements of the new government policy.

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National Quality Infrastructure Graduate Fellowship Program

Nigerian National Accreditation System (NiNAS) commenced it’s National Quality Infrastructure Graduate Fellowship Program (NQI-GF) to reduce the manpower gap in the NQI system. NiNAS recognizes the huge business value qualified young professionals can bring to Nigerian business sector and need to grow future leaders for the QI Systems. Nigeria needs a workforce with new skills to manage innovations and developing technical change and technical support to agencies of standards, metrology, accreditation, and conformity assessment that is not readily available from the academic institutions.

Speakers were: International Expert on National Quality Policy and Quality Infrastructure – Mr. Mike Peet, the DG of NiNAS – Mr. Celestine Okanya, National Expert on Food Safety Mr. John Tehinse, Ben Hedley – Senior Programme Manager, Commonwealth Standards Network (CSN) and Peter Mason – Chair, OIML CEEMS Advisory Group.

The Fellowship program exposes the participants in the followings areas of Quality Infrastructure:

  • Introduction to Nigerian Quality Infrastructure
  • Standards: Standard Development process, Harmonization, Applications of the Standards, Standards and Trade, and many more
  • Accreditation, Accreditation and accreditation process, Standards and conformity Assessment in relation to accreditation, Interplay between standards, conformity assessment and accreditation. Assessment, Assessor Trainings and Peer Evaluation
  • Metrology, Calibration, Traceability of Calibration certificates and the value of Metrology in trading of goods and services.
  • Conformity Assessment, Globalization, Technical knowledge and skills and business system

National Quality Infrastructure Graduate Fellowship Program is designed and developed by Nigeria National Accreditation System and funded by United Kingdom Global Trade Program through the Foreign Commonwealth Development Office and Implemented by British Standards Institute BSI and Nigeria National Accreditation System, NiNAS.

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COURTESY VISIT OF DG/CEO OF NiNAS TO FEDERAL ROAD SAFETY CORP NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS ABUJA ON THURSDAY 11TH MARCH 2021

The purpose of the visit was to deliberate on how FRSC team capacity can be built to implement the ISO 39001. This standard is the road traffic safety management system which is a requirement for management standard to help safety organizations, institutions and agencies to reduce accidents. We believe that this collaboration/partnership will help both organizations in working together to serve Nigeria better.

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NINAS HOLDS A TALK WITH UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS

Following the interest shown by the university of Lagos on hosting the National Quality Infrastructure Graduate Fellowship Program in university of Lagos business school , a meeting was held at the central research lab of university of Lagos .

NiNAS was represented by the DG/CEO of NiNAS and Okolo Rosemary with the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor O.B Familora and the leadership of the university of Lagos of business school, held by Professor Abraham Osinubi, Professor Aclefarokom O.S and Professor Wellington. The meeting is a continuation of the discussion leading to the commencement of National Quality Infrastructure Graduate Fellowship Program at the university of Lagos business school . One of the of the key aims of the meeting is to develop a Memorandum of Understanding amongst the parties. The fellowship program is designed to produce human capital, needed to drive the recently approved National Quality Policy (NQP).

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THE VALUE OF THE NATIONAL QUALITY POLICY RECENTLY APPROVED BY FEDERAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, FEC.

National Quality Policy is the foundation on which all other provisions, requirements and Institutional structures of our national quality systems are built.

This policy provides relationships and boundaries for standards, metrology, accreditation and Conformity Assessment Services. It is our firm belief that that if Nigeria get these four pillars of Quality Systems to work as defined in the approved policy, our products and services will be more acceptable and attractive to our trading partners.

The successful implementation of this policy will open up Nigeria’s non-oil export trade, create jobs and make our economy more competitive through improved quality products and services. The policy ensures that people and organizations are held responsible for their actions or in actions leading to any form of breach of requirements of the standards.

Thank you Mr. President and Commander in Chief for approving this policy. Many thanks to The Honorable Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, FMITI for his leadership and efforts in getting the policy approved.

My appreciations to all the partners that contributed to this great work namely all the MDAs, Organized Private Sector, World Bank Group, UNIDO, European Union, USAID-CFNA, and many Professional bodies and Institutes.
NiNAS will continue to provide support at the implementation phase as she may be required.

By C. O. Okanya, Director General and Chief Executive Officer, NiNAS.

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