Nigeria National Accreditation Service (NiNAS) highlighted its importance during the 2017 edition of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) – International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) Joint Annual Meetings that took place from 19 October to 1 November 2017 in Vancouver, Canada.
IAF-ILAC 2017 presented NiNAS with opportunities to engage and network with international accreditation bodies and actively participate in global accreditation activities including working group meetings, task force meetings and general assemblies of both the International Accreditation Forum and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation.
Activities at the conference included discussions on the need for accreditation bodies to align all documents with international standards on general requirements for accreditation bodies assessing and accrediting conformity assessment bodies (ISO/IEC 17011:2017); reports by regional co-operations including by the African Accreditation Cooperation (AFRAC); and updates in membership status.
NiNAS also participated in the International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF) workshop on ‘Global Halal Trade, Challenges and Opportunities,’ during which, NiNAS was admitted into IHAF Affiliate Membership.
Nigeria National Accreditation Service also entered into a memorandum of understanding with Gulf Accreditation Council on strategic partnership and cooperation on Accreditation of Conformity Assessment Bodies.
Nigeria National Accreditation Service was established within the framework of National Quality Infrastructure Project for Nigeria (NQIP), funded by the EU and implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).