NEW AREAS OF ACCREDITATION FOR KENAS
The Clinical & Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) has entered into an agreement through the PEPFAR program to engage in capacity building and development for Point of Care Testing (ISO/IEC 22870) and Medical Reference Laboratories (ISO/IEC 15195) programs with KENAS. These are new areas of accreditation that KENAS Health and Safety Scheme are exploring for purposes of growth.
The agreement involves assessor training on both ISO/IEC 22870 and ISO/IEC 15195 Standards; Technical committee training on documentation criteria, development of information brochures and facilitating awareness meetings across the country. CLSI and KENAS will work together for a period of one financial year.
THE WORLD ACCREDITATION DAY CELEBRATIONS IN KENYA
“Unless we do what we do what is effective in public policy, then we shall not be where we are supposed to be as a country,” said Dr. Robert Monda, the Chairperson of the Board at KENAS during the World Accreditation Day 2016 celebrations. Dr. Monda sensitized the guests through the different ways that accreditation can support public policy such as market self-regulation and in other cases, businesses acknowledging standards to demonstrate their assurance mechanisms to minimize risks.
It is obvious that more engagement is needed in government to ensure that the public is protected and that our economic growth is guaranteed in order for us to improve the quality of life of Kenyans.
The panel session during the WAD meeting
The Chief Guest speaker was Dr. Gitahi, the group CEO of AMREF Health Africa. He highlighted the importance of accreditation in the health sector reiterating that fair health services can only be provided through consistency, accuracy of test results, reliability and competence of medical practitioners and this can be achieved through accreditation and standardization.
The National Construction Authority (NCA) was represented by Engineer Akech who spoke on safety and sanity in the built environment by embracing standards and accreditation of building inspection bodies.
Engineer Wangai of the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) emphasized the fact that partnership is one way to go to ensure that accreditation is embraced as a tool to support public policy. He underlined that NTSA had recently informed the motor vehicle inspection bodies to seek accreditation so as to improve their competence in providing the inspection service. This was a result of collaborative discussions and agreements between KENAS and NTSA.
ACP-TBT-EU AND KENAS COMPLETE SUCCESSFUL PROJECT TO OVERCOME TECHNICAL BARRIERS TO TRADE
As a developing country, Kenya cannot underestimate the importance of compliance with reliable Quality Infrastructure requirements (standards, technical regulations, metrology, conformity assessment and accreditation). It is in this regard that the European Union (EU) funded the Capacity building project for the Quality Infrastructure Institutions of Kenya i.e. KENAS and KEBS (Kenya Bureau of Standards). The project was implemented under the framework of the ACP-EU-TBT (African-Carribbean – Pacific – European Union- Technical Barriers to Trade) programme and financed by the European Union under the 10th European Development Fund. The project started in November 2015 and finalized on May 2016 under the implementation of Spanish company called Prysma.
The overall objective of the specific project implemented in Kenya is to enhance Kenya’s Quality Infrastructure. The specific actions involved enhancing the understanding of World Trade Organisation TBT and Trade Facilitation Agreements in Kenya in KENAS and KEBS. In addition, the project aimed at enhancing the institutional capacity of both Quality Infrastructure institutions for delivering technical assistance on Quality Management System (QMS) for the private sector in Kenya.
The goals were successfully completed with additional tasks performed according to the schedule that was agreed upon by the beneficiaries of KENAS and KEBS. As per key findings in the project, there were difficulties pointed out on regional standardization activities at East African Community (EAC). They reiterated the importance to continue capacity building activities within the region. There was engagement with the private sector in the following three areas: textile, leather and the flower industry.
KENAS and UGANDA ACCREDITATION NATIONAL FOCAL POINT SIGN a MoU
The Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives in Uganda, Ambassador Julius Onen, and Sammy Milgo, Managing Director of KENAS signed a MoU of collaboration in all areas of accreditation, knowledge management, technical skills enhancement and transfer.This Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed at the KENAS offices in Nairobi on Thursday, 21st January 2016 during a courtesy visit by the Uganda Delegation to KENAS. This MoU is a progressive step towards regional cooperation with the National Focal Points.