National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL), a constituent board of the Quality Council of India (QCI) which is an Autonomous Body under Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, organized its 8th Annual National Conclave for Laboratories on 13th and 14th December at Hotel Green Park, Chennai. The well-attended program was inaugurated by Vimta Labs Ltd., Founder Chairman Dr S P Vasireddy, who reiterated the importance of laboratories and accreditation in the well-being of the nation. Indian Rubber Manufacturers Research Association Director Dr Rajkumar and MRF Ltd., DGM (R&D) Mr B Jayamani and FSSAI QA Advisor Dr N Bhaskar also delivered addresses during the inaugural session.
This was followed by six technical sessions conducted over the course of two days, chaired/moderated by senior personnel from both the Private Sector and the regulatory bodies/Government Functionaries including Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Department of Commerce, Telecom Engineering Centre, Niti Ayog, Department of Legal Metrology and Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) as well as Indian Rubber Manufacturers Research Association, MRF Ltd. Laboratories were updated about Various Business opportunities and the gains of accreditation. Financial support including subsidies from government to laboratories was also discussed in detail with panel having personnel from APEDA, MSME / NSIC and Niti Ayog.
One session was dedicated to explaining the Legal Metrology legislation and a panel discussion on the Online Portal for Accreditation of Laboratories. Updates on the international recognition of laboratory accreditation, ILAC meetings were presented. The session on Risk Management involved discussion of risks, how to identify risks, documentation and tools for risk management as well as the advantages of having a proper Risk Management System. A complete session on how NABL is supporting the laboratory and process of appeals against adverse decisions was explained.Sh Venkateswaran, CEO, NABL, explained the purpose of the Conclave, viz., for exchange of thoughts between NABL and the accredited laboratories on an ongoing basis. To a question as to what his advice to the Labs was, he suggested that the labs should ensure that quality is never ever compromised.
He also mentioned that while this generally does not happen, the accreditation granted to the errant labs which do not stick to the standards would be withdrawn forthwith. The Valedictory Session was addressed by Dr R P Singh, Secretary General, Quality Council of India, who informed that Chennai was chosen as the venue for the 8th Conclave because of the concentration of laboratories, engaged in testing or calibration or medical. He also explained how the product quality certificates issued by more than 5500 NABL accredited Laboratories (of various disciplines including chemical, mechanical, electrical, etc.,) are accepted across the world. The event concluded with the Vote of Thanks by Mr. Avijit Das, Director, NABL. Around 250 laboratory personnel, most of them quality managers of the laboratory, actively participated in the event and appreciated the smooth conduct of the Conclave and the informative contents of the various technical sessions.