Kenya launches pan-African accreditation scheme for professionals and products

NAIROBI (Xinhua), June 10 – Kenya launched on Monday a Pan-African Accreditation Scheme for professionals locally trained and local products in order to increase their global recognition.

Walter Juma Ongeti (CEO of Kenya Accreditation Service, KENAS), the state-owned Kenya Accreditation Service, said in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, that the Mutual Recognition Arrangement of African Accreditation Cooperation, (AFRAC), ensures that organizations that conduct proficiency tests for professionals and product certification bodies meet international standards.

Ongeti, during the celebrations of World Accreditation Day (2024), a global initiative created to promote accreditation’s value, said that “the MRA supports global commerce by promoting confidence and acceptance by international bodies of data generated Kenyan accredited laboratories.”

The theme for this year is “Accreditation – Empowering Tomorrow, Shaping the Future.” It focuses on how certification can provide confidence in new technologies and digitalization.

Ongeti said that the Pan-African Accreditation Scheme will allow global acceptance and confidence to be shown in the services offered by professional societies such as the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya and the Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union.

He said that this arrangement would boost Kenya’s acceptance outside of the country, as it will remove the need to reevaluate in each territory.

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