ETHIOPIA – In a momentous recognition ceremony, the Ethiopian Accreditation Service has awarded an accreditation certificate to the Ethiopian Food and Drug Control Authority for its Food Quality and Testing Laboratory.

The Food Quality and Safety Laboratory, established at a considerable cost, has gained international recognition across various parameters.

The accreditation is granted under the esteemed ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard, covering five crucial boundaries of oil, water, flour, honey, and salt.

ISO/IEC 17025:2017 is an international standard that sets out the general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories.

It provides a framework for laboratories to demonstrate their technical competence, accuracy, and reliability in performing testing, calibration, and sampling activities.

Dr. Liya Tadesse, the Health Minister, graced the occasion and commended the Ethiopian Food and Drug Authority for its unwavering commitment to ensuring the quality of food products available in the market, from federal to regional levels.

The authorities emphasized that regulation plays a pivotal role in safeguarding public health, and they remain deeply engaged in overseeing manufacturers, suppliers, and the wider society.

Dr. Tadesse expressed pride in the Ethiopian Accreditation Service as an invaluable national institution.

Acknowledging that accreditation is an ongoing endeavor, she confirmed that the collaboration with the Ethiopian Accreditation Service will persist, ensuring the sustained pursuit of excellence.

Dr. Tadesse extended her heartfelt gratitude to the Ethiopian Accreditation Service and the Ethiopian Food and Drug Authority for their instrumental contributions in achieving this milestone.

Their dedication and efforts have elevated the country’s reputation in ensuring food quality and safety.

Mrs. Heran Gerba, the General Director of the Ethiopian Food and Drug Control Authority, highlighted that the authority has already obtained accreditation for its inspection laboratory under ISO/IEC 17020.

Furthermore, the accreditation scope has been expanded to encompass the Food Quality and Safety Inspection Laboratory under ISO/IEC 17025:2017. This recent accomplishment includes accreditation for chemical testing in five distinct areas and eleven testing methods.

Continued advancements for a safer, healthier society

Mrs. Meseret Tesema, the General Director of the Ethiopian Accreditation Service, conveyed a congratulatory message following the accreditation.

She lauded the authority’s year-long efforts and the unwavering commitment displayed by its officials.

The accreditation, backed by third-party competence certificates, reaffirms the authority’s capability to monitor and control imported and domestic food products, ensuring their compliance with global public health standards.

Additionally, she emphasized the crucial role of accredited institutions in the country’s economic development by enabling the export of local products abroad.

As legal laboratories and safe food are intricately linked to human life, the society is encouraged to utilize the services and products provided by accredited institutions.

The accreditation received by the Ethiopian Food and Drug Control Authority’s Food Quality and Testing Laboratory underscores the authority’s tireless dedication to upholding stringent quality standards.

By ensuring the compatibility of food products with public health requirements on a global scale, the authority plays a pivotal role in safeguarding the well-being of the population.

The pursuit of accreditation stands as a testament to Ethiopia’s commitment to fostering a thriving economy and a safer, healthier society.

The Ethiopian Accreditation Service is responsible for providing accreditation to various institutions in Ethiopia, ensuring their competence and adherence to international standards.

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