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  • NVQ-J has transferred its ISO 9001 certification to the NCBJ
  • The move is a signal of the confidence in brand Jamaica
  • The transfer of the ISO 9001 certification to NCBJ is a major accomplishment for Jamaica

The National Council on Technical Vocational Education and Training (NCTVET), which provides certification for persons, who qualify for the National Vocational Qualification of Jamaica (NVQ-J), has transferred its International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 certification to the National Certification Body of Jamaica (NCBJ).

The move, which comes after several years of utilizing an overseas certification body, is a signal of the confidence in brand Jamaica.

Charged with the responsibility of certifying management systems to international standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, the NCBJ, an independent unit of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), plays an integral role in strengthening the national quality infrastructure.

The organisation works closely with the manufacturing and service industries as well as the public and private sectors, providing technical support to enhance their international competitiveness through certification of their management systems.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony on September 4 at the NCBJ’s offices, located on the grounds of the BSJ in Kingston, NCTVET Chairman, Norman Davis, explained that since 2006, the body has been certified by an international company based in the United Kingdom.

He said the transfer of the ISO 9001 certification to NCBJ is a major accomplishment for Jamaica, and a huge strategic move that will benefit local entities, and contribute to nation building.

“This is definitely a plus and a stepping stone for us locally. We hope that other companies, which are ISO certified, and are utilising overseas companies will consider looking to the NCBJ, to work with them as their validating body,” he encouraged.

He further added that the certification enables quality management systems that will be of real benefit to organisations. Such certification, he noted, also helps to manage businesses effectively, and put into place, best practice methodology.

Chairman of the NCBJ, Dr. Neville Swaby, said the organisation welcomes the move, and will be increasing its certification drive, through a number of initiatives, to accredit as many companies as possible, by year-end.

“The ISO 9001 certification will definitely improve on our quality of service, productivity, and profitability. The NCBJ takes you from the initial stage of certification, and constantly monitors your progress, as you go along. We work with you to make sure you conform to the standards that are necessary, both locally and internationally,” he said.

Meanwhile Manager of the NCBJ, Jacqueline Scott-Brown, commended NCTVET for choosing her agency for the certification of their quality management system.

She also advised that companies certifying their management systems through NCBJ receive several benefits. These include significant foreign exchange savings, value-added auditing, and an appreciation of the Jamaican business environment.

“The NCBJ’s current suite of services include: certification to ISO 9001-Quality Management System, and ISO 14001-Environment Management System,” the NCBJ Manager informed.

“A certification to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 or any other management system enhances a company’s marketability by assuring its clients and stakeholders that the business is operating at the highest level in terms of efficiency, product and service quality,” she noted.

She lauded the work of the NCBJ auditors and technical experts, who have been playing a tremendous role in the agency’s daily operations.

The NCBJ was established in April 2007 and is accredited by ANSI ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) to provide easy access to management systems certification by local organisations.

ANAB assesses and accredits certification bodies that demonstrate competence to audit and certify organisations conforming to management system standards.

For more information, persons can contact the NCBJ at 619-1131, 632-4275 or email ncbj@bsj.org.jm.