Feb 25, 2020 Last Updated 4:58 PM, Jan 9, 2020

Accreditation Details

Accreditation refers to the process by which JANAAC, as the authoritative body with the responsibility for accreditation in Jamaica, grants formal recognition that CABs are competent to carry out specific tasks/services.

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JANAAC as a National Accreditation Body is responsible for:

  • Providing accreditation services to CABs, i.e.
    • Inspection Bodies, e.g. Bureau of Standards Inspectorate Division and the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division Inspectorate
    • Certification Bodies e.g. The National Certification Body of Jamaica and the Coffee Industry Board
    • Public and Private Sector Laboratories(Testing, Calibration and Medical Laboratories)
  • Providing technical training to personnel working within conformity assessment bodies
  • Facilitating the sharing of technical information with stakeholders
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AccreditedAccreditation increases the confidence that international consumers and their regulatory agencies have in the goods and services provided by your business, as it tells the world that your business is technically competent and meets all the requirements of an international standard.

Therefore, businesses that are accredited will not only meet regulatory requirements but also have a marketing edge.

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For some markets there are mandatory accreditation requirements.

For example, in the USA, there has been recent legislature enacted [September 2008], which requires that some children’s products entering the US market, be tested by an accredited laboratory.

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JANAAC charges a fee to process application forms submitted and cover other expenses incurred during the accreditation process. Please contact our offices for further information.

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Presently accreditation is being offered as a voluntary service.

However, nationally and internationally, legislature is increasingly being developed that makes it mandatory to use accredited facilities.

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Our publication entitled “Steps Toward Becoming an Accredited Laboratory” and our “Accreditation Process Flowchart”, outline the steps toward getting your business accredited. For further information and a consultation on how accreditation can benefit your business, please contact JANAAC via telephone at [876] 968-7799/920- 4558.

Emails us at info@janaac.gov.jm or visit our Corporate Offices at 6 Rekadom Ave, Kingston 10, Jamaica (enter through 6 Winchester Road).

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JANAAC continues to strengthen our regional and international partnerships, with membership in a number of the most highly respected accreditation schemes.

JANAAC is currently a member of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC). The agency is also an associate organization of the Caribbean Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (CLAS).

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