UGANDA – Uganda’s Directorate of Government Analytical Laboratory (DGAL) has achieved ISO accreditation 17025.

DGAL is Uganda’s primary referral laboratory, specializing in a diverse range of analyses crucial for forensic, environmental, and public health sectors.

DGAL’s attainment of ISO 17025 accreditation stands as a testament to its technical proficiency and commitment to quality management systems.

Renowned for ensuring accuracy and reliability in testing and calibration processes, this accreditation elevates DGAL’s credibility and competitiveness in both local and international arenas.

The ISO accreditation process demands rigorous adherence to stringent evaluation criteria, encompassing various aspects of laboratory operations.

DGAL’s ISO accreditation carries significant implications for Uganda’s socio-economic landscape. Economically, it enhances the quality assurance of agricultural exports, particularly through pesticide residue analysis, bolstering Uganda’s global market standing.

Socially, it strengthens public trust in scientific reports thereby facilitating justice and dispute resolution.

Jane Beebwa, Principal Government Analyst overseeing Quality Management Systems at DGAL, expressed gratitude for the support from President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and DGAL’s top management. According to her, their dedication and commitment played a pivotal role in achieving this milestone.

KENAS, UGANAS join hands

DGAL underwent a thorough assessment by the Kenyan Accreditation Services (KENAS), demonstrating compliance with ISO standards and reinforcing its commitment to excellence.

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) recently facilitated a collaboration between KENAS and the Uganda National Accreditation System (UGANAS). The collaborative efforts, spearheaded by Mr. Martin Chesire, CEO of KENAS, aimed at enhancing cooperation and capacity building for the operationalization of accreditation services in Uganda.

KENAS, serving as the National Accreditation Body for Kenya, brings a wealth of expertise and experience in accreditation services to the table. Through this partnership, the operationalization of UGANAS is poised to streamline and facilitate easy access to credible accreditation services within Uganda.

The establishment of UGANAS holds the promise of reducing the cost of accreditation for conformity assessment bodies operating within Uganda. These include certification bodies, inspection bodies, testing laboratories, medical laboratories, and calibration laboratories.

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