Dec 03, 2020 Last Updated 5:17 PM, Oct 16, 2020

Accreditation: The Business Advantage

JANAAC has published the Accreditation: the Business Advantage feature in both the Gleaner and Jamaica Observer officially since 2015. The feature provides testimonials from our Accreditation Ambassadors and Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) on how accreditation has impacted their success. There is now an appreciation of the significant benefits of using JANAAC-accredited CABs.

Testimonials from our Ambassadors and Former Ministers!

“The accreditation of this first food-testing laboratory (the Scientific Research Council) is a significant milestone for Jamaica. We believe that the use of accreditation can help in achieving our national development plan, Vision 2030.”
– THE HONOURABLE ANTHONY HYLTON, FORMER MINISTER OF INDUSTRY, INVESTMENT AND COMMERCE, THE GLEANER, JANUARY 24, 2013

“We now have international recognition and our clients will feel more confident with the service we give to them, and I can see us getting more business as a result of that.”
– BARBARA HENDRIKS, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF BIOMEDICAL CALEDONIA MEDICAL LABORATORY LTD., THE GLEANER, JUNE 26, 2013

“Other laboratories need to get on the road to accreditation as there are many benefits to be derived. Our consumers are becoming more informed and are demanding higher standards from our laboratories.” “..staff morale and teamwork have improved significantly.
– DR MAUREEN WILSON, LABORATORY MANAGER, SUGAR INDUSTRY RESEARCH INSTITUTE (SIRI), THE JAMAICA OBSERVER, 2013

“The accreditation of the Bureau of Standards Chemistry Laboratory to ISO/IEC 17025 will allow Jamaica to export tested foods to 69 countries across the world without hassle.”
– THE JAMAICA OBSERVER, MAY 6, 2014

“The team of professionals grounded in the culture of maintaining an accredited quality system has built customer confidence in the analyses we deliver this
has been one of the significant factors contributing to the growth experienced in our client base since accreditation”. Other areas which the laboratory has seen improvement since
the implementation of our quality management system includes, cost-saving benefits, access to new markets, the implementation of better environmental management practices and an overall increase in business.”
– ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS LTD., SEPTEMBER, 2015

“The positive feedback of medical practitioners and patients in our services is most encouraging and we are even more committed to providing the best possible laboratory services”
– BIOMEDICAL CALEDONIA MEDICAL LABORATORY LTD., NOVEMBER 2015

“It (accreditation) has improved SRC’s credibility and competence to do our work; ensuring that staff maintains and adheres to certain standards and quality. Our staff
is now more attuned to meeting the needs of our customers and to use standards in their work. This is reinforced with constant monitoring and reviews. We have seen an improved relationship with our suppliers as we ensure that whatever is supplied to us adheres to certain specifications and standards; positively impacting our output and customers.”
– DR CLIFF RILEY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH COUNCIL (SRC), DECEMBER, 2015

“…wider international recognition of our laboratory was limited. This opportunity (for wider international recognition) only arose with the advent of JANAAC; the region’s first recognised accreditation body...”
– DR ANDRE GORDON, MANAGING DIRECTOR, TECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS LTD. THE GLEANER, JANUARY 13, 2016

“Jamaica is now the second country in the English-speak- ing Caribbean to have an internationally accredited laboratory with the full capabilities to test for any type of disease that may pose a threat to public health,”
– THE GLEANER, MARCH 9, 2016

“So whenever there is a possible threat to public health of any kind, we can test for it right here at UWI.”
– DR WINSTON DE LA HAYE, CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER, ON THE ACCREDITATION OF THE UWI MICRO-BIOLOGY (VIROLOGY LABORATORY), THE GLEANER, MARCH 9, 2016

“This (accreditation) will improve Jamaica’s food safety system, which will help to increase exports through direct overseas investments.”
– MARJORIE STAIR, PLANNING INSTITUTE OF JAMAICA, THE JAMAICA OBSERVER, JUNE 3, 2016

“Accredited lab better positions Jamaica for medical outsourcing, tourism”
– THE JAMAICA OBSERVER, JUNE 26, 2013

“This organisation (JANAAC) is designed to create a level of branding of the Jamaica products that will make us competitive, not only to satisfy the domestic scrutiny of our consumers but to be able to penetrate foreign markets,”
– THE HONOURABLE KARL SAMUDA, FORMER MINISTER OF INDUSTRY, COMMERCE, AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, THE GLEANER, JUNE 13, 2016

“Gaining accreditation affords us local recognition of our testing competence which means that more laboratories will want to use us as their reference laboratory; we will be able to attract and retain staff and have international recognition for our work. The Ministry of Health can have confidence that the data generated by our laboratory will be useful for developing regulations and policies to safeguard the health and welfare of the population”
– NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORY, AUGUST 3, 2016

“Proud to be the First Medical Lab Accredited in Guyana. Accreditation by the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation has provided the confidence in our results by the marketplace. This confidence is translated into the uptake of our services by both Guyanese nationals and non-nationals requiring these services. Our customers now take their test reports produced by Eureka Labs back to their doctors (local and overseas) and do not have to go through the trauma or the expense of redoing their blood work. They now have a lab that gives them 100% quality the first time that assists their physicians in better diagnosing their complaints.”
– SHAWN MANBODH, EUREKA LABORATORIES, INC., THE DAILY OBSERVER, NOVEMBER 2, 2016

Notice of Transition to
ISO/IEC 17011:2017

    JANAAC has completed the transition to the revised ISO/IEC 17011 standard, as was demonstrated by the satisfactory results obtained from the most recent IAAC peer evaluation. As such, all our accreditation activities are being conducted in accordance with the requirements of the ISO/IEC 17011:2017 standard.



    Notice of Transition to
    ISO/IEC 17025:2017

    ILAC, in consultation with ISO, agreed on a three-year period for laboratories that demonstrate conformity to the ISO/IEC 17025 standard, to make the transition from ISO/IEC 17025:2005, to the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 version of the standard. A joint ILAC-ISO communique was issued indicating the transition period would end on November 30, 2020. Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease, ILAC and ISO agreed to extend the transition period to June 1, 2021. Accordingly, JANAAC requires its accredited laboratories to make this transition to the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard by June 1, 2021. After this date, accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 will no longer be valid. During this transition period, both revisions of the standard are equally valid and applicable. JANAAC will no longer accept applications for accreditation to the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard and is aiming to complete all transition assessments before September 30, 2020. All assessments (initial, re-assessments and interim assessments, including scope extensions) are being conducted using the revised standard, ISO/IEC 17025:2017. All accredited and applicant testing and calibration laboratories must have copies of the revised standard and should be well advanced in updating their activities to satisfy the new requirements in order to meet the transition timelines. Please contact JANAAC for any further information and clarification required.