1. Bilateral agreement with National Center for Accreditation (NCA), Kazakhstan for conducting training for their officials-
TCB along with NABCB has been conducting exclusive internship for the officials of the Accreditation body of Kazakhstan, NCA on virtual platform under bilateral agreement. At the moment we have provided training on the following-
- IEC 62443-3 Standard “Industrial Communication Networks - Network and System Security” - Application/Orientation on The Requirements of The Standard & Case Studies / Use Case Analysis on 23-24 Nov 2020.
- ISO/IEC 27001 “Information Technology - Security Techniques - Information Security Management Systems - Requirements” - Witness of NABCB Assessment for ISMS on 28 & 30 Nov 2020.
- ISO 22870 “Point-Of-Care Testing (POCT) — Requirements for Quality and Competence” on 30 Nov & 01 Dec 2020
Various other training are lined-up.
2. World Bank sponsored project for capacity building of ENAO Ethiopia -
The Government of Ethiopia (GoE) has received financing from the World Bank Group (WBG) to implement the National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) Development Project. The objective of the project is to improve the delivery of quality assurance services to enterprises.
The Ministry of Trade and Industry has called for the recruitment of the Quality Council of India (QCI) through its Constituents Boards ‘National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB)’ and ‘National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL)’ [IAF/ILAC signatories] for Expansion of Accreditation scope and Training & capacity building programme of ENAO through the twinning arrangement.
The specific activities of the assignment are –
- Expansion of scope in Inspection Accreditation for food and abattoirs
- Expansion of scope in Inspection Accreditation for textile and leathers
- Expansion of scope in Certification Bodies for QMS
- Expansion of scope in Certification Bodies for EMS
- Expansion of scope in Product Certification Scheme(s) for Packed Drinks,
- Mineral Water, Beer, Edible Oil, Malt Drinks and Iodized Edible Salt
- Expansion of scope in Calibration Laboratories
- Training on Measurement Uncertainty, Metrological Traceability, Flexible Scope, Proficiency Testing, Method Validation and Verification
As a first step of the process, 6 teams comprising of 16 QCI experts visited ENAO, Ethiopia from January 2020 to March 2020 to conduct the Gap Analysis which included –
- Interaction with ENAO staff / Stake Holders.
- Meeting with Regulators, CABs, NMI to understand the present scenario.
- Review of existing documents available with ENAO.
- Identification of the gaps w.r.t ISO/IEC 17011, IAF, ILAC, AFRAC, relevant ISO standards, and domestic regulatory requirements.
- Action plan to bridge the gaps.
- Recommendation for development of new documents and amendments in existing documents.
The gap analysis report provides a comparison of current status Vs requirements and actions to bridge the gaps for implementation of the ISO/IEC 17011, AFRAC, IAF, ILAC, relevant ISO standards and local regulatory requirements for various accreditation programs under this project.
A systematic approach shall now be deployed to plug the identified gaps. Document preparation, imparting classroom training and on-site mentoring to human resources involved in accreditation activities of ENAO shall be taken up in a phased manner.
The ultimate aim of the project is to prepare an integrated documentation system of ENAO for the establishment of internationally recognized services in various accreditation programs as per the objectives of the project.