Sep 23, 2017 Last Updated 7:42 PM, Aug 29, 2017

Our History

The Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) is a new agency of the Government of Jamaica established as a result of a Cabinet Decision in September 2006. It was incorporated in March 2007 as a Company Limited by Guarantee under the Companies Act of Jamaica.

New ground rules of trade, established through various World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements, promote free movement of goods and require that safety and quality of products be proven through transparent and reliable conformity assessment systems, thus eliminating technical barriers to trade. These new global rules require that governments implement Conformity Assessment Systems that will ensure that the various agreements are met.

Consequently, JANAAC was established to facilitate trade between Jamaica and its trading partners by enabling Jamaica’s Conformity Assessment System to meet international standards and the WTO’s agreements.

JANAAC began offering Accreditation Services to medical laboratories in September 2008 when they were invited to apply for accreditation. In January 2009, JANNAC conducted its first training workshop for assessors of medical laboratories. This was followed by an invitation to Testing and Calibration laboratories in February 2009.

The establishment of JANAAC is the first step. It is envisaged that by conforming to the new international principles for Conformity Assessment Procedures established globally, eventually test results and conformity assessment certificates generated by Jamaica’s accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies will be accepted by our trading partners. Thus eliminating the need for Jamaican goods to be detained in the ports of third country markets and retested.

JANAAC is a member of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC) and an associate organization of the Caribbean Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (CLAS).

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Members at Accreditation Certificate Award Ceremony
Members at Accreditation Certificate Award Ceremony

Minister Hylton (3rd right) makes a presentation to representatives of newly accredited lab Technological Solutions Limited. Looking on are: Mrs. Sharonmae Shirley, CEO, JANAAC and Ms. Ileana Martinez, Chair, IAAC.

Members at Accreditation Certificate Award Ceremony
Members at Accreditation Certificate Award Ceremony
Members at Accreditation Certificate Award Ceremony
Members at Accreditation Certificate Award Ceremony
Members at Accreditation Certificate Award Ceremony
Members at Accreditation Certificate Award Ceremony

BSJ: Minister Anthony Hylton (3rd left) presents JANAAC’s Accreditation Certificate to the Executive Director of the Bureau of Standards, Ms. Yvonne Hall (2nd right) at the breakfast yesterday. Looking on are: Chief Executive Officer for JANAAC, Mrs. Sharonmae Shirley (left), Ms. Ileana Martinez, Chair of the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (2nd left) and Prof. Winston Davidson, Chair Standards Council.

Members at Accreditation Certificate Award Ceremony
Members at Accreditation Certificate Award Ceremony