Accreditation promotes competitiveness

Accreditation to international standards means that the tests, certifications and inspections are recognized at the international level, and which reinforces the competitiveness of Nigerian companies.

Accreditation fosters trade

Accreditation to international standards means that the reports and certificates accompanying exported goods are more readily accepted internationally. This cuts out duplicate testing procedures on each side of the border, reducing costs and saving transit time.

Accreditation promotes health and safety

Accreditation to international standards means living up to the highest standards. Quality issues should be detected before the goods and services reach the market, hence protecting the health and safety of the consumers.

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Benefits for CABs

If you are a conformity assessment body…

Why should you have your lab accredited by NiNAS?

  • You will attract more customers through added confidence.
  • Your customers will appreciate it: your results will be more readily accepted abroad and your customers will save time and money for re-testing.
  • Your organization will benefit: higher productivity, better results, and increased employee satisfaction.

Download brochure “Why become an
accredited laboratory”? (PDF)

Benefits for Manufacturers and Exporters

If you are a manufacturer and/or an exporter…

By using NiNAS-accredited labs, you will benefit from:

  • More revenues: better acceptance of your goods overseas will enhance your customers’ confidence. This means international recognition and better reputation.
  • Less costs: no need for products to be re-tested / re-certified / re-inspected in another country, avoiding costly re-work and rejections of entire consignments.
  • Less risks: peace of mind when you chose a NINAS-accredited lab.

Is your lab accredited by NiNAS?

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Benefits for Final Consumers

As a final consumer…

Why should you only buy or use products and services that have been evaluated by a NiNAS-accredited CAB?

  • You can trust that they have been checked against the highest possible quality standards.
  • You can have confidence that they are healthy and safe.

Benefits for Regulators

Benefits for the government and regulators…

What are NiNAS’ benefits for a country?

  • Greater assurance of meeting the obligations under world trade agreements e.g. compliance with the Trade Facilitation, Technical Barriers to Trade and Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreements.
  • Possibility to make informed decisions based on the confidence in data generated by accredited CABs.
  • Public trust. NiNAS will identify organizations that meet and maintain high standards.
  • Assistance to meet your domestic regulatory objectives for health and safety.

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International Recognition

NiNAS is working towards having its accreditations recognized in many countries around the World. This recognition will allow Nigerian companies to sell their goods and services more easily in international markets.

Making your way into foreign markets is often a challenge. In addition to competition from local companies and customs’ fees, there are technical barriers that require products to meet certain standards, generally associated with safety features, environmental protection and quality. They are known as Technical Barriers to Trade.

Using the services of accredited conformity assessment bodies, allows exporting companies to overcome these obstacles. For example, having goods certified by an accredited CAB before export, means that the goods do not require re-testing in the country of destination:

“Accredited once, accepted everywhere”

International recognition occurs through the mechanism of Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs) and Multilateral Arrangements (MLAs). These agreements act as an internationally recognized ‘stamp of approval’ to demonstrate reliability of test results and compliance against agreed standards and requirements.

The international recognition agreements are managed by ILAC, IAF and AFRAC. NiNAS will be a signatory of all of them.

These international agreements enhance the acceptance of products across national borders.

Duplication is minimized as test and calibration data included in submissions for product approvals can be evaluated without re-testing. By removing the need for additional calibration, testing, and/or inspection of imports and exports, technical barriers to trade are reduced.
For more information, download MRA brochure here