Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) introduced its accredited laboratories formally to stakeholders,the media and the staff on a ceremony held Saturday (05 Sept 2015) at its headquarters.
The institute has become successful getting accredited for 7 research laboratories out of the 50 it owns. The 7 EIAR labs become accredited meeting requirements of ISO/IEC 17025.
EIAR Director General Dr. Fantahun Mengistu said on the occasion that having accredited laboratories will make institute’s research results (and/or technologies) to be up to the standard and acceptable globally.
He added that the accreditation motivates the institute and its researchers for excellence in quality. In addition the accreditation helps the endeavor of the institute to be customer oriented and conducting research ‘in depth’ to play a key role in the development of the agricultural sector of the country.
Director General of the Ethiopian National Accreditation Organization (ENAO)Ato Araya Fissehaye said on the event that the 7 EIAR labs have been accredited after fulfilling management and technical requirements.
According to Ato Araya, who also briefed on accreditation and its elements, organization, management system, personnel, equipment, works effect on environment, measurement traceability, test items handling, assuring quality of test results, are to be checked among other things for accreditation.
He reminded that accreditation helps government to promote good regulatory practices andsupports the country to be competitive in the international market. It is indicated that accreditation minimizes the need for re-inspection, re-testing, and re-certification of products.
(Lab) research areas of concern for EIAR are agricultural chemistry, food and nutrition, and microbial research.
On the occasion, prizes and certificates were awarded to effective centers and employees.
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