Oct 17, 2018 Last Updated 3:22 PM, Oct 3, 2018

Steps To Becoming Accredited

Conformity assessment bodies (CABs), such as laboratories and inspection bodies, verify conformity to standards, regulations, guidelines and/or best practice through testing and/or calibration their activities. Your CAB 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 the fulfillment of the requirements of international standards and guidelines with the precise requirements being based on the area of work for which your CAB 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 CAB submits the completed Application Form and Questionnaire, its Management System Manual, required documents and application fee to JANAAC;

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

The On-Site Initial Assessment
JANAAC’s team of assessors visits the CAB to evaluate the level of conformance of its management system, equipment, methods and staff to the required standards, thereby verifying the CAB’s competence;

Follow-up Verification Activities
If nonconformities are identified, corrective actions are requested and assessors carry out follow-up visits or other activities to verify the effectiveness of the corrective actions implemented by the CAB;

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

Accreditation
Upon approval, a licence to use the relevant JANAAC accreditation symbol and/or the accredited CAB’s combined ILAC MRA mark is granted to the CAB for four 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-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 CAB’s scope of accreditation.

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

Notice of Transition to
ISO/IEC 17025:2017

JANAAC, in keeping with an ISO/ILAC 17025:2017 transition communique, requires all testing and calibration laboratories to make the transition to the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard by November 2020. During this transition period, ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and ISO/IEC 17025:2017 are equally valid. Testing and calibration laboratories may continue to submit applications for accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 up to December 31, 2018. After December 31, 2018, however, JANAAC will no longer be accepting applications for ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation. Re-assessment or surveillance visits, however, done after December 31, 2018 will be done using the new standard. Please contact JANAAC for further information or clarifications.

Notice of Transition to
ISO/IEC 17011:2017

JANAAC is currently in transition to the new ISO/IEC 17011:2017 standard. As such, all our accredited CABs and new applications will be informed in a timely manner of any accreditation requirements which may be affected. Please contact JANAAC for further information or clarifications.