The National Laboratory Equipment Calibration Centre (NaLECC) in Nigeria, with backing from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and funding from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), has received ISO 17025:2017 accreditation from the Kenya Accreditation Service.
NaLECC, established in 2020, is the first of its kind in Nigeria and aims to enhance laboratory service delivery to align with international standards.
The accreditation confirms that the centre meets ISO 17025:2017 quality standards and represents a significant milestone for PEPFAR-supported laboratories in Nigeria. It also enables internationally accredited laboratories in West Africa to calibrate their equipment in Nigeria, thereby reducing the need for overseas travel.
In her remarks, the U.S. CDC country director, Mary Boyd expressed confidence that NaLECC could maintain its accreditation with continued support. Boyd emphasised the United States’ commitment to prioritising and sustaining quality laboratory services in Nigeria.
The Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) administers NaLECC, which received technical assistance from USCDC partners, including the Africa Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM), the Clinical & Laboratory Standards Institute and the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria.
The Minister of State for Health, Joseph Ekumankama commended the MLSCN and its partners during the presentation of the accreditation certificate.