Apr 20, 2024 Last Updated 4:32 PM, Mar 15, 2024

JANAAC List Of Proficiency Testing Providers

As per the policy/procedure of the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) as outlined in JANAAC/ASPR03, all accredited laboratories shall participate in proficiency testing/inter-laboratory comparisons where the participation is appropriate and where such schemes are available and relevant to their scope of accreditation.

JANAAC accepts all proficiency testing /inter-laboratory comparisons recognized by the signatories to the IAAC Multilateral Arrangement and the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement and/or other accredited regional and international Proficiency Testing Providers (PTP). The following list contains details of Proficiency Testing (PT) schemes that have been found appropriate for JANAAC accredited laboratories and participation in PT schemes organized by such PT providers is acceptable by JANAAC assessors in fulfilling the requirements of accreditation.

This list has been produced to assist laboratories/organization in meeting their responsibilities to identify a suitable scheme for their particular range of tests. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and that it will be continuously updated to ensure it is covering the accredited scopes of JANAAC. There is no obligation to use these particular schemes and organizations/laboratories are free to use appropriate alternative schemes which meet the requirements of their accreditation. 

JANAAC recognizes that currently there is no commercial Proficiency Testing Provider in Jamaica and is consequently in discussions with local organizations identified as potential providers. JANAAC is encouraging these organizations to actively pursue the feasibility of developing the competence and appropriate arrangements to provide this critical service to our conformity assessment bodies and to further improve the strength and maturity of our national quality infrastructure.

JANAAC recommends that accredited laboratories and laboratories seeking accreditation search the following websites for PT schemes relevant to the test methods they offer to their customers. All the details about scopes; schedules; instructions / protocols and contact persons are available on the website of each PTP.

Recommended PT Providers:

1. www.eptis.bam.de/

2. www.aplac.com

3. www.pta.asn.au/pta_home.html

4. www.eraqc.com

5. www.wadsworth.org

6. www.absolutestandards.com

7. www.microcheck.com

8. www.aoac.org

9. www.cnas.org.cn

10. www.oneworldaccuracy.com

11. https://www.api-pt.com

12. https://ukneqas.org.uk

13. https://www.cap.org/laboratory-improvement/proficiency-testing



Medical Laboratory
Transition Implementation Policy

ILAC, in consultation with ISO, has agreed on a three-year period for medical laboratories that demonstrate conformity to the ISO 15189:2012 standard, to make the transition from the ISO 15189:2012, to the ISO 15189:2022 standard.

The Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC), in keeping with this communique, requires its accredited medical laboratories to make this transition by December 6, 2025. After this date, accreditation to ISO 15189:2012 will no longer be valid.

During this transition period, both revisions of the standard are equally valid and applicable. JANAAC will facilitate the use of internal documents that will feature compliance with both versions of the standard until December 31, 2024.

Medical Laboratories may continue to submit applications for accreditation to the ISO 15189:2012 up to September 30 2023, in which case, initial assessments must be concluded by March 31, 2024.

After September 30, 2023, JANAAC will no longer be accepting applications for ISO 15189:2012 accreditation.

After December 31, 2024, all assessments (initial, re-assessments and interim assessments, including scope extensions) will be conducted using the revised standard, ISO 15189:2022... Read more