The Ethiopian National Accreditation Office (ENAO) has started awarding all testing and medical laboratory accreditations according to the requirements of the ISO. The accreditation has been awarded to the Textile Industry Development Institute, Addis Ababa Health and Research, Medical Bio-tech and Hema Diagnostic laboratories.
The decision to award the laboratories was made by the accreditation approval committee (AAC). The committee reached this decision after an intensive on-site assessment of the companies that lasted several days.
The assessment took into account the routing work processes and procedures which includes safety practices, equipment maintenance and function checks, records and reports of examination results, review of work records, inter laboratory comparison and the competency of staff among many other detailed requirements.
This accreditation will insure that those in the textile industry will have an easy way to check the quality of their products at laboratories that are found within a short distance of their factories and with a low cost.
The veracity of medical results will make the lives of patients much better as well as giving confidence to doctors when they make decisions on what type of disease their patient has, said Araya Fesseha, Director General of ENAO in his congratulatory speech to the awardees.