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