Saturday, 20 December 2014

NAFDAC labs get International Accreditation

By: CHIOMA UMEHA

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has recorded another major breakthrough in her regulatory activity with the international accreditation of her two major laboratories. 

A statement yesterday, signed by Alhaji Abubakar Jimoh, Director, Special Duties, NAFDAC, confirmed that the Mycotoxin and Pesticides Residues Laboratories located at Oshodi in Lagos have just obtained the ISO 17025 accreditation conducted by the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation. The statement also said that the accreditation project which was sponsored by United Nations Industrial Development (UNIDO) has launched the two laboratories into the league of internationally recognized and respected laboratories. 

Dr. Paul Orhii - DG, NAFDAC
The statement further said that the Director-General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii dropped the hint about the accreditation project, saying; with the ISO 17025 accreditation of the two laboratories, value-added agricultural exports tested and certified by the Agency will now be accepted worldwide without query. Dr. Orhii also said this is a major boost to the country’s image and agricultural transformation agenda of the Federal Government. He explained that all products analyzed for export purpose by the two laboratories will now carry a special logo making the commodities accepted all over the world. 

The Director-General said some other laboratories of the Agency are also undergoing international accreditation which would greatly boost current efforts to get some pharmaceutical companies to obtain World Health Organization (WHO) Pre-qualification. Dr. Orhii thanks UNIDO and the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation for the support and cooperation accorded NAFDAC in attaining this great feat.

This story was published in Newswatch Times on November 21,  2013.

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