News from AERSSC, Nepal 2015-06-10, ILAC News

Accreditation Education Research and Scientific Services Centre (AERSSC), an Affiliate member of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation  (ILAC), today handed over accreditation certificates to ISO 15189:2012 to Kathmandu based Samyak Diagnostic Lab and Kathmandu Path Lab.

The certificates were handed over to the pathology labs by Mr. Shankar Prasad Koirala, former Minister for Finance, Industry and Commerce, amid a program held in Kathmandu on the occasion of World Accreditation Day. 

Last year, AERSSC had awarded an accreditation certificate to ISO/IEC 17025 to Birgunj based Nepal Research Foundation. 

World Accreditation Day was marked today as a global initiative, jointly established by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and ILAC, to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation.

The international slogan for this year’s World accreditation day is “Accreditation: Supporting the Delivery of Health and Social Care”. Speaking at the program Mr.Koirala underscored the need for awareness of accreditation among the general public, especially the consumers.

Concerned people need to launch an awareness campaign regarding the importance of accreditation and its process. The government should also pay attention towards accreditation of pathology labs, food testing labs and others. He stated that the money going out of the country could be saved if the government accredited pathology and other labs that have fulfilled the specified criteria.

Dr.Sitaram Joshi, Chief Executive Officer, AERSSC, said that accreditation was a reliable indicator for technical competence and thus an accreditation certificate was a must to prove any organizations technical competence.

He said that this was the first time any pathology lab had received an accreditation certificate to ISO 15189:2012 in the country, while none of the pathology labs in any of the hospitals in the country have ISO 15189 accreditation.

Other speakers stressed that the government was not serious about bringing acts and laws on accreditation.