BY JOHNMARK UKOKO
Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has commenced the regulation of Conformity Assessment Practice (CAP) in Nigeria in fulfillment of the provisions of its enabling Act No 14 of 2015 to establish registration for National Standards Marks Certification Systems and Licence.
Director General of SON, Mallam Farouk Salim, stated this in Abuja recently at the unveiling of its impartiality committee to monitor and guide the activities of the National Registry of Conformity Assessment Practitioners (NRCAP) setup to ensure that activities in management systems standards implementation, product testing and certifications in the country complied with international standards.
Salim said the NRCAP practitioners will include assessment and registration of competencies of Management System Standards (MSS), auditors, quality inspectors, testing laboratories and quality inspectors’ groups, The Trumpet gathered.
He explained that the setting up of the NRCAP scheme was to establish a directory of Verified and Registered Conformity Assessment Practitioners in Nigeria for all laboratories management systems, auditors, trainers, consultants, inspectors as well as inspection and certification bodies.
He also disclosed that the inauguration of the impartiality committee was in line with international best practice to guarantee fairness and transparency in the activities at the NRCAP unit, stressing that was central to the operational strategy of the scheme.
According to him, a date for training on the operational guidelines of the scheme shall soon be communicated to the committee members.
While congratulating the committee members for their nominations, he urged them to bring their wealth of experience and expertise to bear on the task to enhance the socio-economic benefits, national growth, as well as promote best global practices and national interest in all sectors.
Members of the committee are SON’s Director of Human Resources Management, Umaru Kawu; Director, Legal Services, Bashir Hamis; National Officer, Nigeria Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Emeka Udeze; Deputy Director, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, Dr. Nkechi Mba and Assistant Director, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Niran Ade-Onojobi.