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Working according to its mandate of sensitizing and collaborating with Stakeholders across all sectors, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) met with key players during the stakeholder’s engagement of the National Register for Conformity Assessment Practitioners (NRCAP) at its laboratory complex in Ogba, Lagos.

The Director General Mallam Farouk Salim, in his welcome address to the stakeholders, said that the meeting was crucial to the sustenance and continuity of business in all sectors, ensuring that the sector is adequately attended to and the number of quacks totally alienated or brought to the barest minimum.

L -R Barr Bashir Hamis (Director legal), Mr. Aaron Tam George (Director Finance and account), Prof Olobayo Kunle (Chief of staff to the DG), Mallam Farouk Salim (DG) giving his opening remarks, Engr Timothy Abner (Director training services) Barr Umaru Kawu (Director HRM)

The SON boss emphasized that the NRCAP Scheme seeks to ensure the authenticity and traceability of products and services and that they meet the set requirements of relevant Nigerian Industrial Standards. He also affirmed that the directory hopes to contain registered Conformity Assessment Practitioners in Nigeria for all Laboratories, Management System Consultants, Training Service Providers, Certification bodies, Inspection bodies, Inspectors, Auditors, and Assessors.

Salim said due to the lack of regulations in the sector, the negative impact is being felt on the Industry and Country at large in ways such as; the unavailability of an official register of competent practitioners to aid national planning and coordination of economic activities bordering on Standardisation and Quality Assurance, poor protection of genuine practitioners from the negative impact of unhealthy competition by quacks amongst others.

He also assured the gathering that the NRCAP had created processes to ensure fairness and equity to the system by setting up and training the Impartiality Committee with Members drawn from critical sectors of the economy such as the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) to safeguard the integrity of the process of registration, which will strengthen the mutual responsibility our partners are saddled with in the task of nation building.

Mallam Salim finally called on those present to heed this National call and give it the attention it deserves by contributing their wealth of experience and expertise in the deliberations, which will, in turn, bring immense benefits to the Nation at large.

The session was an interactive one as stakeholders had the opportunity of making their contribution and support to SON in making the Conformity Assessment process successful.

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