Oct 17, 2017 Last Updated 7:42 PM, Aug 29, 2017

About JANAAC

The Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC), is an agency of the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, incorporated in March 2007, to provide accreditation services to Conformity Assessment Bodies, (CABs) such as Laboratories, Certification and Inspection Bodies. As a company owned by the Government of Jamaica, JANAAC's activities are subject to the requirements of the Public Bodies Management and Accountability Act, the Procurement Regulations, the Financial Administration and Audit Act and the Companies Act of Jamaica. In addition, JANAAC does not provide consultancy services.

The agency enables local Conformity Assessment Systems to meet international standards.

As Jamaica’s national accreditation body, JANAAC plays a very important role in facilitating trade between Jamaica and its trading partners. Through the provision of accreditation services, the agency enables local Conformity Assessment Systems to meet international standards and eliminate some Technical Barriers that have affected Jamaican manufacturers and exporters for many years.

Additionally, the establishment of JANAAC means that local laboratories, certification and inspection bodies seeking a competitive edge, no longer need to look overseas for an accreditation body, as this service is available locally. The cost of accreditation though JANAAC, is also significantly reduced.

JANAAC, as a part of the public sector is funded by the Government of Jamaica. In addition to sums granted by the Government of Jamaica, JANAAC generates revenue by charging fees for accreditation and training services. These services are priced to recover the costs incurred in performing the service.

At present, accreditation is not compulsory in Jamaica. However, nationally and internationally, legislation is increasingly being developed that makes it mandatory to use accredited facilities.

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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