The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has attained international accreditation for its management systems certification (MSC) services to ISO/IEC 17021: Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems.
This brings the organisation at par with its counterparts in Europe, America, Asia and some African Countries.
A statement from the office of the Director –General, Osita Aboloma, weekend, disclosed that the accreditation conferred by the National Accreditation Board (NABCB) of India is a conformity assessment program that validates the SON-MSC, confirms its competence, integrity and impartiality as a service provider, as well as confer global recognition on its services.
“NABCB has been offering accreditation services for conformity assessment bodies (CABs) for over a decade, based on the principles of impartiality, confidentiality, independence, transparency and credibility as well as objectivity, ” said the statement.
The scope of the accreditation, which is renewable periodically, covers ISO Quality Management System (QMS); Environmental Management System (EMS); Food Safety Management System (FSMS) and Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) Standards certification services.
The SON-MSC, the statement continues, undertakes third – party certification services to organisations in the public and private sectors that have established, implemented and maintained a management system that conforms to the requirements of the applicable international standard. It ensures that the personnel performing work related to the certification including auditors and teams, for making certification decisions are competent and experienced.
The SON Chief Executive stated that the accreditation is vital for businesses’ certified by the SON-MSC in their quest to achieve growth and profitability in Nigeria, as well as compete at the global level.
He said choosing an accredited certification body like SON-MSC gives confidence that services offered would meet clients’ requirements, stressing that the use of accredited conformity assessment services is increasingly a stipulation of customers in both the public and private sectors globally.
Benefits To Industries, Institutions
Aboloma enumerated benefits accruable from the international accreditation of the SON-MSC as including useful feedback to clients with the help of knowledge transfer, since accredited certification bodies can be a good source of impartial advice and increased and smooth access to overseas markets for companies using accredited certification services.
The SON-MSC certification services, he said commenced since 1994 and has certified over 300 private sector companies and some public sector institutions.