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Ministry+of+Industry%2C+Commerce%2C+Agriculture+and+Fisheries">Public Bodies Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries

(Other) Jamaica+National+Agency">Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation

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Public Bodies, FY 2017/18 Page 236 Ministry+of+Finance">Ministry of Finance and the Public Service

Jamaica+National+Agency">Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation Introduction Jamaica+National+Agency">Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) was established in March 2007 under the

Companies Act as a company limited by guarantee without share capital. The members are the

Accountant General and the Permanent Secretary of its portfolio Ministry. JANAAC is a

signatory to Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs), with the Inter-American Accreditation

Cooperation (IAAC) and the International Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC). This legitimises

JANAAC in carrying out its functions of:

1. Accreditation services to conformity assessment bodies namely;

a. Laboratories (medical and nonmedical)

b. Inspection bodies (e.g. National Certification Body of Jamaica)

c. Certification bodies (e.g. the Bureau of Standards Jamaica Food Inspectorate)

2. Technical training for assessors, quality management professionals and laboratory

personnel

3. Technical information on accreditation of conformity assessment bodies to all

stakeholders, as appropriate.

JANAAC is funded from fees charged for its services and an allocation of 10% of the Standards Compliance Fee (SCF) collected by the Jamaica Customs Agency to finance its operations. Financial and Operational Overview During the financial year JANAAC will start a four year programme of increased marketing of its services and capacity building of its team in order to:

• Grow it revenues from new and existing accreditation services;

• Provide expert, competent, customer-centric services and

• Develop and maintain an effective and efficient accreditation process.

JANAAC will also complete its transition to its own facilities during the period. The entity forecasts revenue of $115.17 million, and expenses totalling $103.85 million. JANAAC expects a surplus of $11.31 million. JANAAC plans to increase the staff complement to nineteen (19) [2016/17: 16].

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Ministry+of+Industry%2C+Commerce%2C+Agriculture+and+Fisheries">Public Bodies Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries

(Other) Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation

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Public Bodies, FY 2018/19 Page 227 Ministry+of+Finance">Ministry of Finance and the Public Service

Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation Introduction Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) was established in March 2007 under the

Companies Act as a company limited by guarantee without share capital. The members are the

Accountant General and the Permanent Secretary of its portfolio Ministry. JANAAC is a

signatory to Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs), with the Inter-American Accreditation

Cooperation (IAAC) and the International Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC). This legitimises

JANAAC in carrying out its functions of providing:

1. Accreditation services to conformity assessment bodies namely;

a. Laboratories (medical and nonmedical)

b. Inspection bodies (e.g. the Bureau of Standards Jamaica Food Inspectorate)

c. Certification bodies (e.g. National Certification Board of Jamaica)

2. Technical training for assessors, quality management professionals and laboratory

personnel; and

3. Technical information on accreditation of conformity assessment bodies to all

stakeholders, as appropriate.

JANAAC is funded from fees charged for its services and an allocation of 10% of the Standards

Compliance Fee collected by the Jamaica Customs Agency.

Financial and Operational Overview JANAAC plans to expand its local and regional marketing efforts, as well as reach, with the aim

of increasing its revenues from accreditation and training. JANAAC’s efforts will also focus on

brand visibility and efficiency of its accreditation process. In pursuing the aforementioned, the

entity plans to:

• Offer accreditation incentives to facilitate an increase in the scope/tests for which

Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) may be accredited;

• Increase efforts to introduce its services to potential new clients;

• Conduct training for local and regional assessors;

• Maintain a strong presence in print media, including the Accreditation Business

Advantage Series; and

• Conduct process and systems audits, while maximising the use of technology.

JANAAC has budgeted for a surplus of $16.65 million (2017/18: $17.94 million).

JANAAC projects a staff complement of 20(2017/18: 19).

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Ministry+of+Industry%2C+Commerce%2C+Agriculture+and+Fisheries">Public Bodies Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries

(Other) Agency">Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation

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Public Bodies, FY 2016/17 Page 246 Ministry+of+Finance">Ministry of Finance and the Public Service

Agency">Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation Introduction Agency">Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) was established in March 2007 under the Companies Act as a company limited by guarantee without share capital. The members are the Accountant General and the Permanent Secretary of its portfolio Ministry. JANAAC facilitates the trade of Jamaican goods internationally, by ensuring that its accredited entities are recognized by its trading partners through the signing of Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs), with the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC) and the International Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC). The main purpose of JANAAC is to provide:

1. Accreditation services to conformity assessment bodies namely; a. Laboratories (medical and nonmedical) b. Inspection bodies c. Certification bodies

2. Technical training for assessors, quality management professionals and laboratory personnel

3. Technical information on accreditation of conformity assessment bodies to all stakeholders, as appropriate.

JANAAC is funded from fees charged for its services and an allocation of 10% of the Standards Compliance Fee (SCF) collected by the Agency">Jamaica Customs Agency to finance its operation. Operational and Financial Overview During the financial year JANAAC plans to introduce the accreditation of Inspection and Certification Bodies. The Inspection Bodies will inspect products and services to specific standards, while the Certification Bodies will certify companies that adhere to certain standards (product standards, environmental standards etc.). Currently, the Agency provides accreditation services for some Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs), Medical and Food Testing Laboratories, Manufacturers and Exporters. JANAAC also plans to develop cutting-edge training and rental facilities to enhance its delivery of service. These steps will have the potential to enhance the revenue of the entity whilst improving its international recognition. The Agency forecasts a surplus of $10.95 million (2015/16 Est.: $22.81 m). The planned staff complement is 18 (2015/16: 16).

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Ministry+of+Industry%2C+Commerce%2C+Agriculture+and+Fisheries">Public Bodies Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (Other) Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Public Bodies, FY 2019/20 Page 222 Ministry+of+Finance">Ministry of Finance and the Public Service

Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation Introduction Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) was established in March 2007 under the Companies Act as a company limited by guarantee without share capital. The members are the Accountant General and the Permanent Secretary of its portfolio Ministry. JANAAC is a signatory to Mutual Recognition Arrangements with the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation. These legitimise JANAAC’s efforts to performing the following functions:

1. Accreditation services to Conformity Assessment Bodies (CAB) namely:

a. Public and private sector laboratories

b. Inspection bodies

c. Certification bodies

2. Technical training for assessors and laboratory personnel

3. Technical information on accreditation of conformity assessment bodies to all stakeholders as appropriate.

Financial and Operational Overview JANAAC will seek to improve its overall effectiveness as an accreditation body and will pursue the following activities during the year:

 Increased public education through traditional and new media advertising as well as promotional campaigns. This should contribute to increased compliance with national and international standards.

 Improved marketing locally and regionally of its Inspection Body Accreditation (IBA) services. JANAAC will pursue approval for international recognition to offer these IBA services.

 Provision of assistance to testing labs in order to facilitate their compliance (by 2020) with the revised ISO 17025 Standard which now focuses more on information technology and risk-based assessments. This Standard governs a lab’s technical competence and ability to produce precise and accurate test and/or calibration data.

The Entity has budgeted for a surplus of $20.82 million (2018/19: $15.64 million). JANAAC projects a staff complement of 26 employees (2018/19: 19).

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1.2 The acquistion of Government funded credit cards for use both locally and overseas by permanent secretaries, heads of departments and chief executive officers of public bodies, requires the prior written approval of the Financial Secretary.

1.3 The request to the Financial Secretary for approval to operate a credit card must be made by the Accounting Officer with the following information stated:

(i) justification/need for the card;

(ii) name and post of person or persons who will be authorised to use the card.

(iii) whether the person or persons have the use of any other Government funded credit card;

(iv) name and address of the bank or institution offering the credit card facility;

(v) proposed credit limit on the card;

(vi) interest rate to be applied by the credit company for late payments;

(vii) source of funding for the card;

(viii) brand of card required;

(ix) country and currency of card; and

(x) whether the card is a multi-currency card.

1.4 The request for the use of a credit card by a public body must be submitted to the Financial Secretary through the Accounting Officer of its portfolio ministry stating the same information outlined in (1.3) above.

2 Credit Card Limit

2.1 Credit cards that have no stated credit ceiling will not be permitted for use.

2.2 In the case of a corporate credit card, the credit ceiling must be no more than two hundred thousand Jamaican dollars (1$200,000) or its equivalent in foreign currency unless the Financial Secretary gives special approval for an amount above this maximum.

2.3 In the case of a personal credit card to be funded by Government the ceiling on this card must be no more than sixty thousand Jamaican dollars (J$60,000) or its equivalent unless the Financial Secretary gives special written approval for an amount above this maximum.

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