Nigerian Institute of Science Laboratory Technology (NISLT) has begun training laboratory inspectors in attempts to improve health and practice of scientific laboratories across the country.
Speaking at the opening event, NISLT registrar Dr. Ighodalo Ijagbone said the training exercise has become expedient for the inspectors who will assist in monitoring and accrediting qualified laboratories.
He said standardised laboratories would assist health and other sectors of the economy to function optimally and avoid situations of “diagnosis of error”.
“Of course, we have been carrying out accreditation of laboratories in the past but that not much has been achieved and this is what necessitate this training programme where we hope we can make our inspectors understand basic rudiment of inspection and accreditation of science laboratories,” Ijagbone said.
Chairman, SWOOT Technology Solutions Limited, Dr. Willie Owolabi Siyanbola, who facilitated the training programme said the initiative was geared towards helping laboratories develop their management system for quality, administrative and technical operations.
“Let me quickly stress here that the significance of this workshop will be better appreciated when placed within the context and content of ISO/IEC 17025, which is the guide of our deliberations,” Siyanbola said.
He noted that the ISO/IEC 17025 specifies the general requirements for the competence to carry out test and/or calibrations, including sampling, testing and calibration performed using standard methods, non-standard methods, and laboratory-developed methods.