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  • The Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) will be offering public and private inspection bodies free training in the standards and requirements needed to be accredited.
  • The training, which will commence soon, will include: web-based sessions designed to enable companies to use JANAAC’s website to view videos about the basic elements of the standards and the requirements, and the importance of inspection bodies being accredited.
  • According to JANAAC’s Chief Executive Officer, Sharonmae Shirley, the engagement is part of the organisation’s efforts to get more inspection bodies accredited.

The Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) will be offering public and private inspection bodies free training in the standards and requirements needed to be accredited.

The training, which will commence soon, will include: web-based sessions designed to enable companies to use JANAAC’s website to view videos about the basic elements of the standards and the requirements, and the importance of inspection bodies being accredited.

According to JANAAC’s Chief Executive Officer, Sharonmae Shirley, the engagement is part of the organisation’s efforts to get more inspection bodies accredited.

“We are encouraging inspection bodies to visit or call us and we will provide them with free training to sensitise them on how to use the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) IEC17020 Standard, which governs inspection bodies,” she explained.

Mrs. Shirley told the JIS News that the organisation will also target the general public through town hall meetings scheduled for later this year, as the agency heightens awareness of the importance of accrediting inspection bodies.

“We want the public to be sensitised about the benefits… so they can appreciate why we are emphasising it this year. After undergoing our training, they will be armed with the knowledge necessary to insist that the bodies are accredited to conduct the inspection,” she added.

The ISO/IEC17020 Standard specifies the requirements for the competence of bodies performing inspection and for the impartiality and consistency of their activities.

The standards apply to bodies in Category A, B or C, as defined in ISO/IEC1702, and relate to any stage of inspection.