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Sharonmae Shirley, MPhil., CP-FS

The Chairman and Board of Directors of the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC), an Agency of the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Sharonmae A. Shirley as Chief Executive Officer, effective October 1, 2014.

Mrs. Shirley replaces Mrs. Marguerite Domville who recently retired from the post. Mrs. Shirley is an accomplished Quality Management (QM) Executive with over 19 years experience in management systems design, implementation and auditing; accreditation; applied chemistry and environmental health; conformity assessments; environmental management; food safety and training.

Mrs. Shirley is a past President of the Laboratories Association of Jamaica (LAJ) and has previously served on the board of JANAAC. An internationally acclaimed Quality Management Systems (QMS) trainer to the ISO 17025 and 15189 standards, Mrs. Shirley is also a certified Laboratory Assessor, a certified HACCP Management Consultant and a certified Food Safety Specialist. She has participated in laboratory assessments with international assessors, both as an assessor and assesse and has utilized her expertise in the field to equip both public and private sector workers at all levels in ISO17025, ISO14001, HACCP, Environmental Health and Auditing.

She brings to the post of CEO of JANAAC, a unique understanding and a wealth of experience in conformity assessment and accreditation from a private sector perspective— invaluable skills that will support our manufacturing and export industries.

A graduate of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mrs. Shirley holds a Masters degree in Chemistry and a Bachelors degree in Pure and Applied Chemistry. At UWI, she was the recipient of several awards for academic excellence including the award for chemistry; the Nestle JMP Undergraduate scholarship and the Alcan Jamaica Independence and University of the West Indies Post Graduate Scholarships. Her association with the UWI continues, as she is an adjunct senior lecturer in the OESH Masters Programme at the Chemistry Department.

Prior to assuming the post of CEO of JANAAC, Mrs. Shirley served as a Principal Consultant and Director at Environmental Solutions Limited, (ESL), a leading private sector Environmental Management Consultancy firm, where she gained expertise from a diverse array of assignments with clients in the private and public sectors and multilateral organisations.

The Chairman, Board of Directors and staff of JANAAC welcome Mrs. Shirley and look forward to supporting her efforts, as she leads the Agency into a new phase of growth and development, aimed at furthering its mandate of facilitating trade through the removal of technical barriers.



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Accreditation refers to the process by which an authoritative body, such as JANAAC, grants formal recognition that a Conformity Assessment Body is competent, based on specific international standards and practices, to carry out particular services:

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