The Sri Lanka Accreditation Board (SLAB) last week announced the second joint annual Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC) General Assembly and Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) Plenary Meetings would be held in Sri Lanka from the 12th to the 21st of June.

SLAB celebrated World Accreditation Day 2015 on June 9 at the Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo. About 150 professionals and academics involved in accreditation activities participated in the celebrations.

“This is the seventh consecutive year the SLAB is celebrating the World Accreditation Day. Each year, the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), which are the apex bodies in the world for accreditation jointly, decide on a common theme. This year’s theme was ‘Accreditation; Supported Delivery of Health and Social Care,” said Chairman of SLAB  Namal Rajapaksha.

The celebrations included a technical seminar on the theme, a media conference and an evening get together.

The 10-day program will include joint and separate technical sessions, seminars, workshops, committee meetings, general assemblies, technical visits and the 20th anniversary celebration of PAC. The APLAC program meeting will also include a training session on ISO/IEC 17020 standard and committee meetings on public information, technical subjects, proficiency testing and training.

While the PAC meetings will include committee meetings on communication, marketing, and capacity building; working group meetings will include on person certification, product certification GHG and energy measurement, HALAL certification and organic certification.

“Accreditation of Medical Laboratories by SLAB provides an effective framework for assuring reliability in medical testing and assists medical professionals and the general public to select a reliable testing service. An accredited laboratory gives the assurance to the user that the test results could be relied upon.

The areas that are covered under SLAB accreditation scheme for health and social care are diagnostic imaging testing, physiological science services, medical supporting services, residential care, home inspection, medical laboratory accreditation and point of care testing,” said Director of SLAB, Thilak Wickremasinghe.

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