Sep 28, 2020 Last Updated 3:49 PM, Sep 16, 2020

About Our Training Services

JANAAC’s training function is critical for the important support it provides to the accreditation services delivered to the conformity assessment bodies (CABs) we serve and intend to serve in the future. These include testing and calibration laboratories to the ISO/IEC 17025 international standard, medical laboratories to the ISO 15189 international standard and inspection bodies to the ISO/IEC 17020 international standard.

Since 2008, JANAAC has provided world-class training facilitated by trainers who possess significant experience both in training and also in their respective technical fields. In most cases, our trainers are also qualified assessors, giving the perfect opportunity to share first-hand experiences on accreditation activities and best practices as they deliver these training sessions. JANAAC has also partnered with other organizations at the regional, extra-regional and international levels to deliver important training to our clients.

The design and development of our training courses are done with the objective of contributing to the building of capacity of our clients and their continual improvement. These programmes are delivered to:

  • Build capacity and encourage the development of the relevant skill to meet our clients’ organizational objectives.
  • Create interactive and participative methods to achieve the desired outcomes.
  • Customize courses to the level of the respective CABs to ensure value.
  • Enhance the development and partnership of future guidance on problem-solving at no extra cost.
  • Facilitation of sharing of knowledge through the building of networks.

Our courses are currently delivered in the form of:

  1. Public training courses
  2. In-house training where the number allows (this is delivered mainly to tertiary level educational institutions)

JANAAC is totally committed to the design, development and delivery of training sessions that will provide knowledge and build the capacity of our participants/clients. This will add value towards their accreditation and increases the sustainability of their businesses.

Notice of Transition to
ISO/IEC 17011:2017

    JANAAC is currently in transition to the new ISO/IEC 17011:2017 standard. As such, all our accredited CABs and new applications will be informed in a timely manner of any accreditation requirements which may be affected. Please contact JANAAC for further information or clarifications.

    Notice of Transition to
    ISO/IEC 17025:2017

    ILAC, in consultation with ISO, has 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 communique has been issued in this regard. JANAAC, in keeping with this communique, requires its accredited laboratories to make this transition by November 30, 2020. 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. Testing and calibration laboratories may continue to submit applications for accreditation to the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard up to December 31, 2018, in which case, initial assessments must be conducted by March 31, 2019. After December 31, 2018, JANAAC will no longer be accepting applications for ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation. After March 31, 2019, all assessments (initial, re-assessments and interim assessments, including scope extensions) will be conducted using the revised standard, ISO/IEC 17025:2017. If the date of reassessment or interim on-site assessment (surveillance) occurs before Nov 30, 2020, and after December 31, 2018 the laboratory will be assessed against the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard, in accordance with international practice. All accredited and applicant testing and calibration laboratories are required to purchase a copy of the revised standard at the earliest opportunity and to commence the transition process. Please contact JANAAC for any further information and clarification required.