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Cape Town Region

Date: Tuesday, 05 September 2017

 

Port Elizabeth Region

Date: Wednesday, 06 September 2017

 

Durban Region

Date: Thursday, 07 September 2017

 

Gauteng Region

Date: Monday, 11 September 2017

 

Enquiries contact Nombongo via email: nombongon@sanas.co.za or 012 740 8421

or contact relevant Accreditation Manager.

Cape Town meeting
Date: Tuesday, 06 September 2016
Venue: Protea Hotel, 99 Jip De Jager Drive, Durbanville
Cape Town

Port Elizabeth meeting
Date: Wednesday, 07 September 2016
Venue: Elizabeth Place, 20 Pickering Street
Port Elizabeth

Durban meeting
Date: Thursday, 08 September 2016
Venue: Riverside Hotel, 10 Kenneth Kaunda Road, Durban North
Durban

Gauteng meeting
Date: Monday, 12 September 2016
Venue: Accolades Boutique Hotel, 72 Dale Road
Midrand

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9th June 2016 is World Accreditation Day

World Accreditation Day (WAD), is a joint initiative by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC). WAD aims to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation.

The 2016 theme is, “Accreditation: A global tool to support Public Policy’’.  Read more: http://ilac.org/news/world-accreditation-day-2016/

The theme this year also supports the promotion of the Public Sector Assurance website developed by ILAC, IAF, ISO, IEC and IIOC.

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for building (SANS 1544)

South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) will be launching new accreditation programmes for the Inspection Bodies (IB) that are to be accredited to produce Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for buildings in accordance to SANS 1544

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The 2016 SANAS Annual Assessor Conclave were held in Midrand, Gauteng on the 11th February and at Somerset West, Western Cape on the 16th February 2016.

These meetings are held annually to discuss and highlight issues that need to be addressed in the coming year of the assessment/GLP inspection cycle, and issue of concerns with the focus on improving consistency in the assessment/GLP inspection process.

Presentations covered the following topics: Unscheduled assessments; assessing electronic systems; technical assessor team (with no Lead Assessor); assessor soft skills; peer evaluation outcome; 17025 changes/updates and cost containment.

Our executive for corporate services, Ms Busi Radebe, closed the meeting by reminding assessors that they are an important part of the accreditation process and that they make a major contribution to the existence and growth of SANAS.

The meeting presentations may be downloaded here:

Agenda

Combined Presentations

The 9th June 2015 was World Accreditation Day. The South African 2015 theme focuses on how accreditation can support the improved delivery of health care in South Africa.

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Global Theme: Accreditation: Delivering confidence in Health and Social Care

Johannesburg, 3 June 2015 – The 9th June 2015 is World Accreditation Day. A joint initiative by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), World Accreditation Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of industry accreditations.

The 2015 theme focuses on how accreditation can support the improved delivery of health and social care around the world.

This year the South African National Accreditation System’s (SANAS’s) World Accreditation Day celebrations will take place at Capital Moloko Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg, from 08:00. The invited attendees include representatives from government, industry and stakeholders within the health and social care sector as well as related industries.

Effective provision of health and social care is one of the greatest challenges facing the world today. Due to an every growing global population and increased life expectancy, together with the need to supply consistent and cost-effective health and social care, the industry will only grow in scale and complexity. To this end, the health and social care sector strives for excellence through achieving a balance of quality, economic, social and environmental outputs. Health and social care excellence is driven by the need to provide confidence in the delivery of a competent service to patients, families, regulators and commissioners.

Accreditation within the health and social care sector supports this assurance. It provides an essential tool enabling healthcare providers to demonstrate that they have completed a rigorous process; ensuring patients consistently receive high quality services, delivered by competent staff working in safe environments.

SANAS has various programmes in place that support the proficient delivery of health and social care within the country. Currently there is a pool of 311 medical laboratories, 106 blood transfusion services and several inspection bodies that inspect diagnostic imaging machinery such x-rays and MRI, Ultrasound and CT scan equipment.

This pool of competent conformity assessment bodies supports health and social care excellence in South Africa, with the ultimate goal of ensuring confidence in the delivery of services to patients, families, regulators and government. This, in turn, ensures that healthcare providers can operate with confidence within the system.

SANAS is currently working with the Department of Health to develop an accreditation programme for certification of medical devices. This will ensure support for the South African medical device industry in future.

SANAS update: B-BBEE verification bodies accredited by SANAS for the amended B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice
21 April 2015

On 11 October 2013 the Minister of the Department of Trade and Industry, Minister Rob Davies, gazetted amended B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice no 36928 of 2013 (2013 CoGP). The effective date of implementation of the amended codes is 1 May 2015.

On 28 February 2014, the Minister of the Department of Trade and Industry issued a Gazette notice 226 of 2014 which provided for an extension on the amended B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice transitional period by 6 months, which will run from 11 October 2014 until 30 April 2015.

SANAS received applications from several of the current SANAS B-BBEE verification bodies who have applied for the extension of their scopes to include the 2013 CoGP. 39 of the SANAS B-BBEE verification bodies will be granted the extension on 1 May 2015.

SANAS encourages other B-BBEE verification bodies that may want to extend their scope to submit their applications as soon as possible.

On 14 April 2015 the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Deputy Minister Mzwandile Masina in conjunction with the Commissioner of Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), launched the Exempted Micro Enterprises Certificate. The Deputy Minister articulated that further communication regarding the acceptance of these certificates in the marketplace will be made by the Minister of Trade and Industry.

South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) launched a new accreditation programme for the certification bodies that will be certifying Organic Agricultural Production and Processing
(OAPP) in accordance to the South African National Standards SANS 1369 on 26 March 2015.

Organic Agricultural Production and Processing (OAPP) SANS 1369

South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) launched a new accreditation programme for Road Transport Management System (RTMS) Certification on the 19th of March 2015 in Pretoria. The roll out of this new accreditation programme for Road Transport Management System (RTMS) for certification bodies is the result of work done by a SANAS working group of technically knowledgeable experts who developed the SANAS Technical Requirements that addresses scope of accreditation and the minimum qualification and experience required in the RTMS. Stakeholders that are involved in road freight and passenger transportation who will be implementing RTMS and require certification, as well as certification bodies and other relevant stakeholders such as representatives the Department of Transport and RTMS National Steering Committee attended the launch.

SANAS -RTMS

Mr Oliver Naidoo, Dr Paul Nordengen, Mr Tumelo Ledimo and Mr Adrian Van Tonder

BACKGROUND
Despite concerted and ongoing efforts for an effective law enforcement strategy by the road and traffic authorities, the sharp increase in heavy vehicle traffic and the effects of overloading continue
to be a major problem on South African roads. Overloading causes premature road deterioration and, together with inadequate vehicle maintenance, high levels of driver fatigue and poor driver
health care programs, contributes significantly to South Africa’s poor road safety record.
In view of the above the South African road freight and passenger transportation industry started to look at a possible solution and the finalisation of the Road Transport Management System (RTMS) SANS 1395 and the SANAS accreditation programme for Road Transport Management System(RTMS) Certification is considered to be a mile stone for the industry and for stakeholders that are involved in the sector.

SELF REGULATION
Dr Paul Nordengen, from the CSIR explained that the Road Transport Management System (RTMS) is a self-regulation initiative that has already shown outstanding results since its implementation and supports the Department of Transport’s National Overload Control Strategy. He pointed out that the objective of the implementation of RTMS is meant to contribute positively to road safety, preserving the road infrastructure and increasing productivity. Some of the benefits that have been achieved by the over 8000 RTMS certified vehicles and can be achieved by others include:
• A reduction and minimisation of overloading
• Prevention road damage and preserving our infrastructure
• Enhancing the safety of heavy vehicles on our national roads
• Taking care of truck drivers’ health (Driver Wellness Initiatives)
• Reduction of traffic violations (e.g. reducing speeding incidents)
• Improving efficiency in various industry supply chains
• Active promotion skills development within the transport sector, and
• Companies measuring their performance and taking responsibility for the impact of their activities on our public road networks

ROAD TRANSPORT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (RTMS) SANS 1395 CERTIFICATION Mr Oliver Naidoo is of the view that the implementation of this SANS 1395 family of standards will play a critical role in the economic growth by ensuring efficient road freight transport between the country’s centres of production and its shipping ports vice versa, which boosts competitiveness.

He explained that each organisation, Consignor/Consignee or Operator, that implement SANS 1395, will be required to develop appropriate processes, systems and measurement methods that would enable it to demonstrate compliance to this standard. He also advised that it is imperative that RTMS is implemented in a manner that is sustainable and that will achieve the following objectives:
– Improved road safety,
– the reduction of road crashes,
– the optimised payload efficiency,
– the maintenance of roadworthy vehicles, and
-improved driver wellness and training.

Mr Adrian van Tonder who is the RTMS National Steering Committee Chairperson gave a presentation on the history of the RTMS, the RTMS Scheme Rules and the scheme structure as well as the RTMS symbols. The work on RTMS started in 2004 with a Programme called Load Accreditation Programme (LAP). In 2006 the name was changed to RTMS. From 2007 until today RTMS certified vehicles on South Africa’s roads has grown from 74 to over 8000. He also emphasised as with the Dr Nordengen that RTMS is an industry-led, government-supported, voluntary, selfregulation scheme. On the scheme structure he detailed the relationships between the RTMS scheme owner, the consignor/consignee/operators, the certification bodies and SANAS.

SANAS also explained the requirements for the accreditation of certification bodies as specified in ISO/SANS 17021 and in the SANAS Technical Requirements (TR 22-01) document.

Almost gone are the days of paper, SANAS is taking the hassle out of the application process by introducing you to our new online application form at your fingertips.
We are about to launch the first phase of our new online registration and application process.
Soon you will be able to send enquiries; apply for accreditation, extensions of scopes and upload supporting documentation and importantly view the status of your application online from any internet-enabled device.
Advantages:
– Quick and easy registration
– Apply at your own convenience
– Access 24 / 7
– Secure online submission
– Accessible on any of your devices (Smartphone, tablet, laptop)
– Improved enquiry or application turnaround time
– Upload and submit supporting documentation (no more postage/delivery costs)
– Environmentally friendly (no more paper)
A step by step registration and application process will be contained in the next article and a tutorial on our website will be made available on our website closer to the launch.

See you online real soon!!

The Third South African Premier Business Awards are scheduled to take place on the 9th April 2015.

The call for entries is open till the 6th March 2015 at 16:00 and the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) would like to extend the invitation to various companies that promote the spirit of success, excellence, job creation and business ethics in South Africa.

Attached please find the SAPBA call for entries advertisement for your consideration [View Document]

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South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) was selected as a finalist in the Top Performing Public Service Award category at 12th Annual National Business Awards.

The National Business Awards are the Oscars of South African Business, they were first introduced by Top Media & Communications in 2002 to recognise the success, innovation and ethics of South African companies and organisations across all industry sectors.

The awards are presented in association with SA’s Top Performing Publication to honour South Africa’s industry leaders through the acknowledgement of innovative business processes, product development, enterprise, sustainability and overall business success.

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The 2015 Annual Assessor conclaves are scheduled as follows:

Gauteng : Thursday, 19 February 2015
Venue: Diep In Die Berg

Cape Town: Thursday 26 February 2015
Venue: Fountains Hotel

Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000

The 2014 Annual Communications meetings were held in Gauteng, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town during September.

The theme for 2014 was SANAS celebrating 20 years of providing accreditation services in South Africa. SANAS Chief Executive Officer, Mr Ron Josias presented on SANAS providing accreditation services in South Africa and Mr Mpho Phaloane presented on the current assessor project 500. Presentation may be downloaded here

Facilities that have been accredited for 20 years and more were recognised in all the regions, certificates were presented to the facility representatives.

The focus on the 2014 meetings was on the breakaway sessions with field managers for each programme.

Media Release :

SANAS Employees Volunteer on Mandela Day

SANAS Employees Volunteered on Mandela Day 17 July, 2014.On Mandela Day, over 25 SANAS employees volunteered their time to make a positive impact on the lives of the youngresidents of the Boitumelo
Community Project, based in Soshanguve, North of Pretoria

The South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) is embarking on a drive to train and qualify additional Assessors in the scopes in which SANAS offers accreditation by 2015. This drive is in line with SANAS strategy to grow the assessor pool in order to provide a quality service to all its clients <View Page>

The  South  African  National  Accreditation  System  (SANAS)  launched  a  new  accreditation programme  for  Energy  Management  Systems  (EnMS)  in  accordance  with  the  International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO)’s standard, which was adopted as a South African National Standard SANS/ISO 50001.

Media Release – SANAS launches new accreditation programme – Energy Management Systems (EnMS) SANS/ISO 50001

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This year SANAS adopted the Banapele Youth and Day Care Centre, which looks after 100 children and they do home visits to aids orphans and the elderly, from underprivileged communities of Soshanguve and Moeka in the north-east of Pretoria to give our 67 minute contribution for Mandela Day.

The activities for the 67 minutes included providing the children with a hot meal, washing dishes, cleaning the home and giving hugs!!! SANAS also commits to continue to support the centre for this financial year.

SANAS has indicated and communicated its intention to revise the re-assessment process, implementation of which was on 1 April 2013.

A little background on the reason for change:

Re-assessments were conducted in the same manner as surveillance assessments, with greater emphasis on “scope coverage” and with little or no significant review of the facility’s documentation.  However, the international standard to which Accreditation Bodies (AB’s) are required to comply (ISO/IEC 17011) requires that AB’s treat re-assessments as initial assessments, with requisite documentation being reviewed prior to the re-assessment.  SANAS was found not to be in full compliance with this requirement, hence the revision of our processes in this regard.

The re-assessment process has been revised to include a re-application process as mandatory, followed by the review of facility documents prior to the re-assessment.

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What does this mean?

This means that as of 1 April 2013, each facility is required to re-apply for accreditation at least 6 months prior to, and in the case of Inspection Bodies 9 months prior to the expiration of their Certificate and Schedule of Accreditation.

On re-application, each facility will need to complete the relevant revised F14 application form and submit it to SANAS with the relevant documentation as prescribed in each application form.  This will include the facilities Management System Manual (Quality manual), along with specific information or documents as specified in each application.

On receipt of the application, SANAS will conduct a review of the information submitted, and where the application and Management System requirements have been met, SANAS will arrange for a re-assessment approximately 3 months prior to, and in the case of Inspection Bodies 6 months prior to the expiry of the Certificate and Schedule of Accreditation.

Where SANAS has not received the application for re-assessment, the re-assessment will not be scheduled and the facility’s accreditation will expire on the expiration of the Certificate and Schedule of accreditation.

To prevent any periods of non-accreditation, or to prevent losing your accreditation status, facilities must re-apply within the timelines stipulated by SANAS (i.e. at least 6 months prior to, and in the case of Inspection Bodies 9 months prior to the expiration of their Certificate and Schedule of Accreditation).

Note:  Facilities should have submitted their applications already for Certificates expiring in October and November 2013, however, if this has not yet been done, SANAS will allow a grace period and still accept the applications for re-assessment at this stage.

Once accreditation has expired, and a facility wishes to re-apply for accreditation, the application will be treated as an initial application, with all associated fees applicable for an initial application for the cost of the facility.

1)                  The Revised Application form

 Along with the revised re-assessment process, SANAS has also revised the application forms, with the following being the main changes:

  • A section on “Invoicing Information” has been added, to ensure that SANAS is kept up to date with any changes in this regard;
  • Some applications forms have been combined – e.g.  1 application form for ISO/IEC 17025 replaces the numerous applications for testing, calibration, veterinary, pharmaceutical, forensic…etc;
  • Information on personnel is required as per the relevant standard;
  • The revised applications (F14) have been combined with the previous F18 “Application for approval of personnel”;
  • The section on “Scope of application” requires additional information applicable to a particular standard, e.g. for ISO/IEC 17025 more detailed information on PT is required
  • At the end of each application we have included a short 2 page checklist for the relevant standard.  Detailed completion of this checklist replaces the need for a facility to complete the SANAS assessment checklists on application and re-assessment.
  • And lastly, the application, once signed, automatically binds the applicant to the new SANAS Terms and Conditions of Accreditation.  Facilities are to ensure that they are familiar with the Terms and Conditions, and agree to abide by them prior to signing the application form.

2)                  The New Terms and Conditions of Accreditation

 Whilst reviewing the re-application process, SANAS also took the opportunity to re-view the current Accreditation Agreement, to decrease the administrative burden of obtaining a signed accreditation agreement from each and every applicant, and also decrease the risk of not having a contractual arrangement with our accredited facilities.

Once an applicant signs an application form, they will automatically accept the Terms and Conditions of Accreditation.  Very soon SANAS will implement an on-line system to accept the Terms and Conditions and submit the application.

These new Terms and Conditions replaces the current Accreditation Agreement.  Prior to being approved, the draft Terms and Conditions, together with an example of the revised application form (ISO/IEC 17025) were published on the SANAS website for a period of 60 days, to give stakeholders and interested parties the opportunity to provide their comments.  125 comments were received.

SANAS wishes to thank all those who took the time the go through the document and provide their valuable comments.  Each comment was reviewed and considered by SANAS and where viable the Terms and Conditions were amended.  The Terms and Conditions were submitted for legal input and finally approved by the SANAS Board of Directors.

The Terms and Conditions and the revised application forms are now available on the SANAS website.

Please refer to:

  • F 147   SANAS Terms and Conditions for Accreditation
  • F 199   SANAS Terms and Conditions for GLP/GCP Compliance.

These documents can be found in the ‘Publications and Manuals‘ database

We celebrated World Accreditation Day on Friday, 7 June 2013 in Durban.

The theme for this year is: “Accreditation: Facilitating World Trade”

SANAS is one of thirty-nine accreditation bodies from thirty-nine economies who became the inaugural signatories to the ILAC MRA for the accreditation of inspection bodies.

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SANAS encourage Conformity Assessment Bodies to apply for MCEP funding through the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti).
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The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) Warns the Public of Fraudulent B-BBEE Certificates

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The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) support the following concise statement of outcomes that are to be expected as a result of accredited certification to ISO 9001 (Quality Management Systems) and ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems). The intent is to promote a common focus throughout the entire conformity assessment chain in order to achieve these expected outcomes and thereby enhance the value and relevance of accredited certification.

Expected Outcomes for Accredited Certification to ISO 9001: <Document>

Expected Outcomes for Accredited Certification to ISO 14001: <Document>