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

JANAAC List Of Proficiency Testing Providers

As per the policy/procedure of the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) as outlined in JANAAC LA/PR/02, all accredited laboratories shall participate in proficiency testing/inter-laboratory comparisons where the participation is appropriate and where such schemes are available and relevant to their scope of accreditation.

JANAAC accepts all proficiency testing /inter-laboratory comparisons recognized by the signatories to the IAAC Multilateral Arrangement and the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement and/or other accredited regional and international Proficiency Testing Providers (PTP). The following list contains details of Proficiency Testing (PT) schemes that have been found appropriate for JANAAC accredited laboratories and participation in PT schemes organized by such PT providers is acceptable by JANAAC assessors in fulfilling the requirements of accreditation.

This list has been produced to assist laboratories/organization in meeting their responsibilities to identify a suitable scheme for their particular range of tests. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and that it will be continuously updated to ensure it is covering the accredited scopes of JANAAC. There is no obligation to use these particular schemes and organizations/laboratories are free to use appropriate alternative schemes which meet the requirements of their accreditation. 

JANAAC recognizes that currently there is no commercial Proficiency Testing Provider in Jamaica and is consequently in discussions with local organizations identified as potential providers. JANAAC is encouraging these organizations to actively pursue the feasibility of developing the competence and appropriate arrangements to provide this critical service to our conformity assessment bodies and to further improve the strength and maturity of our national quality infrastructure.

JANAAC recommends that accredited laboratories and laboratories seeking accreditation search the following websites for PT schemes relevant to the test methods they offer to their customers. All the details about scopes; schedules; instructions / protocols and contact persons are available on the website of each PTP.

Recommended PT Providers:

1. www.eptis.bam.de/

2. www.aplac.com

3. www.pta.asn.au/pta_home.html

4. www.eraqc.com

5. www.wadsworth.org

6. www.absolutestandards.com

7. www.microcheck.com

8. www.aoac.org

9. www.cnas.org.cn

10. www.oneworldaccuracy.com

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.