Jamaica’s JANAAC earns FDA recognition for meals security program


On February 26, the Jamaica Nationwide Company for Accreditation (JANAAC), working underneath the Ministry of Trade, Funding, and Commerce, achieved a major milestone by gaining recognition from the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration for its Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Meals (LAAF) Program.

This recognition is pivotal because it aligns with the FDA Meals Security Modernization Act (FSMA), setting forth requirements for meals testing by an LAAF-accredited laboratory underneath particular circumstances, corresponding to supporting the removing of a meals from an import alert or addressing recognized or suspected meals issues of safety in accordance with present FDA laws.

The first purpose of the LAAF program is to reinforce the standard and reliability of meals testing and reporting, thereby safeguarding the U.S. meals provide. This system operates with harmonized requirements, with collaborating laboratories and accreditation our bodies topic to FDA oversight.

JANAAC’s inclusion within the FDA’s Public Registry Itemizing of Acknowledged Accreditation Our bodies is a prestigious recognition, as it’s one in every of solely eight acknowledged Accreditation Our bodies (ABs) globally and the only real AB within the Caribbean approved to accredit meals testing laboratories in line with LAAF last rule requirements.

Sharonmae Shirley, CEO of JANAAC, expressed delight within the achievement, emphasizing the dedication and experience of the workforce. She highlighted the group’s dedication to excellence, its management within the accreditation business, and its position in selling commerce and guaranteeing public well being and security. JANAAC plans to unveil its LAAF Accreditation Program and invitations laboratories to affix its community of LAAF-Accredited labs to assist native and regional producers and producers in accessing the profitable US market.

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Moreover, laboratories accredited by JANAAC will probably be listed within the FDA database of LAAF-Accredited Laboratories, together with their testing scopes, offering added credibility.

Senator Aubyn Hill, Minister of Trade, Funding and Commerce (MIIC), recommended JANAAC for its achievement, recognizing its pivotal position in supporting exports, selling public well being, and enhancing Jamaica’s international standing in excellence.

As the one internationally acknowledged accreditation physique within the English-speaking Caribbean, JANAAC gives technical coaching and accreditation companies to laboratories, inspection, and certification our bodies throughout eleven CARICOM states.