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NABL announces transitional changes in lab accreditation procedures

NABL announces transitional changes in lab accreditation procedures


Posted on February 6, 2024 Updated on February 5, 2024

In order to ensure the seamless transition of accredited laboratories, the National Accreditation Board for Laboratories (NABL) has announced an extension of the transition period for accredited laboratories from the initial deadline of December 31, 2023 to the revised date of August 31, 2024.

This extension provides laboratories with an additional 8 months, transitioning from a 12-month period to a more extended 20-month timeframe.

Accredited laboratories are advised to adhere to specific guidelines during this transition. Laboratories applying for reaccreditation must follow the previous legal identity. In the event of an adverse action as per NABL norms, labs reapplying for accreditation will be treated as fresh/new labs. Any changes in the name or transfer will be treated as a fresh/new lab. Laboratories failing to submit renewal applications before expiry will be treated as fresh/new labs upon reapplication.

It is crucial to highlight that all fresh/new labs will not be accepted with previous legal identities, including proprietorship and partnership structures.

N. Venkateswaran, CEO of NABL, emphasizes the significance of these transitional changes in maintaining the integrity and quality of accredited laboratories. The extended transition period aims to provide laboratories with ample time to adjust and comply with the evolving accreditation requirements. The guidelines outlined ensure that the accreditation process remains robust, transparent, and aligned with the highest standards.

Venkateswaran further informs that this announcement reflects NABL’s commitment to facilitating a smooth transition for accredited laboratories, acknowledging the challenges posed by evolving regulatory landscapes. Laboratories are encouraged to stay informed and take proactive steps to align themselves with the revised timelines and guidelines issued by NABL. For further inquiries or clarifications, laboratories and stakeholders are advised to reach out to NABL for guidance and support.

NABL is an autonomous body operating under the aegis of the Quality Council of India (QCI). Established with the objective of providing accreditation to laboratories in India, NABL plays a crucial role in ensuring the quality and reliability of laboratory services across various industries.

NABL offers accreditation services to testing and calibration laboratories, including medical laboratories, in accordance with international standards. The accreditation process involves a comprehensive assessment of the laboratory’s competence, infrastructure, and adherence to quality management systems.

NABL aims to align its accreditation process with international standards and practices, enhancing the global recognition of Indian laboratories. This recognition is essential for facilitating international trade and building trust in the quality of Indian goods and services.

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