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Science Lab Council gets accreditation

Published by The Nation on Tue, 23 Dec 2014


CEO reappointedNIGERIAN Medical Laboratory Scientists and allied workers have been called upon to work hard to improve on the quality of their test resultsand services as well as seek for accreditation based on ISO standards.The Registrar/CEO, Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN), Prof Anthony Emeribe gave this advice when the council was accepted as member of the International LaboratoryAccreditation Cooperation (ILAC).This feat makes it the first agency to earnsuch recognition in the entire Anglophone West and Central Africa.Prof Emeribe said: The recognition is also a challenge forus to work harder in our sphere of influence. It is one thing to earn thissort of recognition, and another thing to sustain the ovation. With this recognition, I urge public and private medicallaboratories to work hard to improve on the quality of their test resultsand services as well as seek for accreditation based on ISO standards.He said theeconomic implication of MLSCN membership of ILAC is that Nigerianlaboratories seeking international accreditation shall now be conservinghuge foreign exchange, which hitherto would have been given torecognised accreditation bodies based abroad.Giving the detailed background, Prof Emeribe said the reply was contained in a letter to the council, which was signed by an executive member of the international group that stated: I am pleased to advise that the MedicalLaboratory Science Council of Nigerias application for membership ofILAC has been approved by the Executive Committee. On behalf of theILAC Secretariat, we welcome MLSCN to ILAC and please do not hesitateto contact us if there are any questions regarding MLSCN membership ofILAC.ILAC, which drives for excellence based on ISOstandards among laboratory inspection and accreditation bodies globally,was formed 30 years ago. In 1996, it became a formal cooperation with acharter to establish a network of mutual recognition agreements acrossthe globe.Prof Emeribe described the admittance asheartwarming and encouraging, the recognition will have far-reaching implications onthe functions ofthe council towards strengthening health laboratory systems in the countryand beyond in furtherance of its shared vision. The recognition is equally an acknowledgement of the contributions of thecouncil towards bequeathing a legacy of accurate and reliable laboratorytest results to the citizenry.Membership of sucha global organisation comes with a lot of responsibilities. We arehumbled by this global recognition which is in line with our efforts topush the frontiers of laboratory medicine in this country. It seems thatsome people far beyond the shores of this country are taking note of suchefforts.Meanwhile, the Governing Board of the MLSCN has re-appointed Prof Emeribe as Registrar/CEO for a second term of four years. In a statement, the board said its decision was predicated on the laudable contributions of the registrar towards transforming and repositioning the agency during his first term and also in line with the provisions of Cap M25, LFN 2004.From relative obscurity, MLSCN under the Emeribes leadership has not only articulated and pursued a far-reaching vision, but has grown into a major regulatory body with various international collaborations. Some of its strategic partners include Centre for Disease Control (CDC), African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) admission of the agency into its membership, being the latest.The post Science Lab Council gets accreditation appeared first on The Nation.]]>
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