The Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality hosted a one day training session on the importance of accreditation and the fundamentals of internal auditing in collaboration with Jamaica’s National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC). In attendance was Dr. Renae Bufford –Director; Dion Foulkes Minister of Labour and Ms. Sharonmae Shirley JANAAC’s CEO. Ms. Shirley who has over 20 years of auditing experience facilitated the training session for the relevant stakeholders in attendance. The training provided attendees with an overview of the importance of accreditation and outlined requirements of the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) 19011- Guidelines for auditing managements system.

Minister Foulkes opened the training session and he also brought remarks. He remarked that “Internal audits are a critical requirement of every management system. Even those participants from companies that do not currently have implemented quality management system should see the value of internal audits.”

Ms. Shirley stressed the importance of a National Quality infrastructure and gave valuable insight on auditing practices for Conformity Assessment bodies –bodies that offer services in testing, verifications, certifications and accreditation.

There were a number of public and private sector professionals in attendance, including representatives from Public Hospitals’ Authority, BAIC (Food Analysis Department), Min. of Works, the Registrar General’s Office, Min. of Tourism, Cocoa Cola, Min. of Financial Services, and Bahamas Royal Police Force’s forensic Unit & Aquapure.

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