Angolan laboratories backed by SADC regional association

28 August 2017

The Regional Laboratories Association of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will back members of the committee setting up the future Angolan Laboratory Association, the latter institution announced in a statement released in Luanda.

The announcement of support was made in Pretoria, South Africa, during a meeting meant to improve operational conditions of SADC labs in the various areas of activity.

The statement adds that the Regional Association may provide technical support and help determine the strategy plan of the future Angolan Laboratory Association as well as its relationship with the regulatory body, the Angolan Accreditation Institute, pertaining to the Ministry of Industry.

The SADC Regional Laboratories Association meets annually, supported by the Germany Metrology Institute (PTB) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), with a view to improving operational conditions.

The Angolan Accreditation Institute (IAAC) was founded on 22 March 2016. It is overseen by the Ministry of Industry and is a legal entity with administrative, financial and asset autonomy, responsible for implementing government policy in the area of promoting, organising and developing accreditation in the country.

The IAAC acts as a regulatory agent for accreditation services, based on recognition of the technical competence of conformity assessment bodies in Angola, such as testing, calibration and clinical labs and inspection and certification agencies. (Macauhub)