Jul 22, 2017 Last Updated 3:39 PM, Dec 13, 2016

Steps To Becoming Accredited

A Laboratory verifies conformity to standards through testing and/or calibration activities. Your Laboratory can demonstrate its credibility and ability to produce accurate, reliable results by becoming accredited by the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC). Accreditation is based on international standards and guidelines with the precise requirements being based on the area of work for which your laboratory is pursuing accreditation.

By carrying out the following steps your laboratory can become accredited, once it fulfills the requirements of the applicable standard:

The Application
The Laboratory submits the completed Application Form and Questionnaire, Management System Manual, required documents and fee to JANAAC;

Document Review
JANAAC conducts a review of the applicants submitted documents and may make requests for additional information and/or clarification;

The On-Site Initial Assessment
JANAAC’s team of Assessors visit the laboratory to evaluate the level of conformance of its equipment, methods and staff to the required standards, thereby verifying the laboratory’s competence;

Follow-up Verification Activities
If non-conformances are identified corrective action is requested and assessors carry out follow-up visits or other activities to verify the effectiveness of the corrective action implemented by the laboratory;

Approval
The Assessors produce a report on the assessment of the laboratory including a recommendation about whether or not to grant the accreditation. This is reviewed by the Accreditation Council and a final decision made whether or not to grant the accreditation;

Accreditation
Upon approval, a licence to use the Accreditation Symbol is granted to the laboratory for four (4) years, agreement documents are signed and a notice of the accreditation is posted on JANAAC’s website;

Surveillance Visits & Re-Assessment
Three annual surveillance visits are conducted during the four (4) year accreditation cycle. A re-assessment visit is done at the end of the cycle in the fourth year. These visits are conducted to verify the maintenance, extension, reduction or withdrawal of the laboratory's scope of accreditation.

We look forward to working with you towards earning international recognition of your laboratory’s competence for your selected scope of testing.

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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