The 2nd GCC Conference for Laboratory Proficiency
The organization of The 2nd GCC Conference for Laboratories Proficiency comes in line with the strategic orientation of the GCC Standardization Organization to the development of Standardization and Quality infrastructure in the member states, which would contribute to the development of commerce and industry and the national economy in the Member States. It also represents a continuation of the efforts initiated by GCC Standardization Organization in proficiency testing according to a study on proficiency testing activities status that was carried out in member states by the GCC Standardization Organization during the year 2011, and showed that laboratories working with Member States are in a big need for a unified center of information on proficiency testing activities, and many of the laboratories that participated in the First Technical Symposium on integration between laboratories expressed the need to raise awareness about how to take advantage of proficiency testing activities to prove the credibility of the testing and calibration services they offer and about how to obtain proficiency testing programs covering their areas of activity.
Given the success of the first conference, which was held under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Rashid Bin Fahd, UAE Minister of Environment and Water, and organized by the Standardization Organization of the Cooperation Council for the Arab Gulf States in 2013, in cooperation with the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology, at all Gulf levels in terms of interaction and attendance, it has been approved to held the “Gulf Conference for Laboratory Proficiency” on an annual basis for its utmost importance to the officials and specialists in laboratory proficiency at both government and private sectors in the Member States.
Taking into consideration that the field of proficiency testing is recent in the Member States, and as the infrastructure of laboratories are not yet incorporated in the form of national or regional organizations that represent laboratories and express their needs, the GCC Standardization Organization needs to meet with a representative group of laboratories to investigate their needs and thus determine the priorities of Member States of the areas that must be developed.
Thereby, the vision of the GCC Standardization Organization on how to coordinate and develop proficiency testing in the Member States included a recommendation that the GCC Standardization Organization shall organize annual training courses and awareness seminars on proficiency testing activities. The conference will also be the date for convening the meetings of The General Assembly of the Association of Gulf laboratories.
The conference also coincides with the annual exhibition of Arab laboratory equipment in Dubai ARABLAB, www.ARABLAB.com , which will be held during the period 17 – 20 March 2014.
The Main Objectives
- To provide a space for communication and dialogue among laboratories working in the Member States.
- To introduce the latest development of laboratories infrastructure, accreditation and legislation in the Member States.
- To survey the needs and priorities of laboratories from the proficiency testing programs.
- To support the international recognition of the efficiency of the activities of laboratories working in the Member States.
- To introduce the outstanding experiment of Gulf laboratories.
- Direct communication with the laboratory accreditation bodies, legislators and the lead actors in the field of Proficiency Testing.
- To support the joint work among Gulf laboratories through the Association of Gulf laboratories GCCLAB.
Officials and specialists in Laboratory Proficiency in the public and private sectors and the national standardization bodies in the Member States.
- Proficiency Testing … an effective tool to trust the results of the laboratory.
- Discussions of Proficiency Testing results.
- Accreditation and its role in strengthening quality infrastructure.
- Regional and national laboratory networks.
- The role of laboratories in markets monitoring.
GCC Standardization Organization was established in implementation of the Decision of GCC Supreme Council, in its 22nd session held in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, during the period December 30-31, 2011, and began its activities in 2005. Ad-hoc technical committees were formed to set up the GCC standard specifications and technical regulations on vehicles and their accessories, producing 83 GCC standard specifications and technical regulations applicable to vehicles and tires. In addition, 3,480 vehicle models were proven conforming to GCC standard specifications last year 2012, together with 20,571 types of tires from over 440 specialized companies worldwide.
In pursuit of the GCC member countries and the Republic of Yemen to build confidence in the results of conformity assessment activities in the GCC single Market ; Member States established the ” GCC Accreditation Center GAC” who covers accreditation of testing and calibration laboratories, inspection bodies and certification bodies. The center is a key pillar within the infrastructure of conformity assessment of products and services in the GCC common market , and it accreditations contribute to the achievement of trust and credibility with the consumer towards the goods and products that are consumed or used.
The GAC regional establishment agreement was approved in the seventeenth meeting of the GSO Council of the standardization Organization of the Cooperation Council for the Arab Gulf States GSO (Riyadh, May 8, 2013 m) , the center started accreditation services for laboratories , inspection bodies and certification bodies since the 1st of January 2014.
Aware of the importance of international recognition of accreditation certificates , the Member States built a system in conformity with the international standards , which enabled the center to join the accreditation international community and got the membership of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and the Asia Pacific Laboratory accreditation Cooperation (APLAC). The center actively participates in many committees of these organizations, and seeks to enhance and upgrade the level of accreditation services in Member States.
ESMA was established as the sole standardization body in the UAE under the Law No. 28/2001. The board of directors chaired by H.E. Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin-Fahad, the Minister of Environment & Water in the UAE is comprising representatives of the main parties involved in the standardization of the UAE. The board is the dominant affairs and lay down its policy and adopting all the suitable procedures to ensure efficient performance to its assignments.
|09:50 – 09:00||
Speech of the UAE Minister of Environment and Water
Member of GSO Board of Directors
His excellency Dr. Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahad
Speech of the Secretary General of the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO)
His excellency Mr. Nabil Ameen Molla
Speech of APLAC Chair Mr Nigel. Jou
Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation
Speech of ILAC vice -Chair Mrs Marih Malmqvist
International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation
Speech of sponsors
|09:50 – 10:00||Brief Break|
(10:00 – 11:40) Session 1 :
The role of Accreditation in the development of Quality Infrastructure.
Chaired by GSO Secretary General Mr. Nabil Ameen Molla
|10:00 – 10:20||
The GCC Accreditation Center GAC in the service of GCC Market.
Saud R. Al-Askar Accreditation Director GAC
|10:20 – 10:40||
HKAS in support of Hong Kong economy
Mr W W Wong Executive Administrator
|10:40 – 11:00||
The value of accreditation to the UK Economy
UKAS Chied Executive Mr. Paul Stennett
|11:00 – 11:20||
Role of ARAC in supporting National Infrastructures in Arab Countries
Hasan Qasem – ARAC Secretary- Director of Standardization and Metrology Center – AIDMO
|11:20 – 11:30||Questions and discussions|
|11:30 – 11:40||Coffee Break|
(11:40 – 14:40) Session 2
Proficiency Testing…an effective tool to enhance the quality of results
Chaired by ESMA Director General E. Mohammed Saleh Badri
|11:40 – 12:00||
New developments of the statistical tools for proficiency testing.
|12:00 – 12:20||
How does the European authorities use PT providers to regulate the market.
BIPEA – Eric ZIEGLER
|12:20 – 12:40||
Challenges to develop PT programs responding to growing needs and fast technological developments.
AsureQuality – NewZealand
|12:40 – 13:00||
How to investigate the national needs in PT programs
|13:00 – 13:10||Questions and Discussion|
|13:10 – 14:40||Prayer Time and Lunch|
(14:40 – 16:15) Session 3:
Laboratory networks at national and regional level and their role in supporting market surveillance and developing testing and calibration services
Chaired by GSO Conformity Department Director E. Saud R. AL-Askar
|14:40 – 15:00||
EUROLAB: Its history and role in supporting market surveillance
|15:00 – 15:20||
Role of Industrials in the requirements harmonization in GCC region
The Middle East Lighting Association (MELA)
|15:20 – 15:40||
GCCLABits role and perspectives
GCCLAB Private labs committee chair
Achieving laboratory consistency – beyond the QMS
UL – Underwriters Laboratories
|16:00 – 16:15||Coffee Break|
Workshop (16:15 – 17:00)
Interpretation of the results of PT programs organized in member countries
Chaired by Mr. Daniel Tholen
|16:15 – 16:45||
BIPEA PT programs in food and drinking water field
Al-Borg laboratories PT program in the field of medical laboratories
|16:45 – 17:00||
Signing ceremony and closure
Saud Rashed AL ASKAR
- Master of engineering in Agricultural industry from KING SAUD University (2000);
- Director of Conformity Assessment Department AT GCC Standardization Organization – GSO, since 2004;
- Acting Secretary General of GSO (Marsh – October 2008);
- President of the Gulf Committee for Conformity Assessment (GCCA), committee responsible for setting up the new Gulf Regulatory System for Safety Monitoring in the GCC (2004-2014);
- President of the Gulf Steering Committee for Accreditation, responsible for setting up, coordination and management of the Gulf System of Accreditation (2004-2013);
- Technical Manager of The Gulf Accreditation Center since January 2014;
- Member of the Gulf Committee for Food Safety, committee responsible for setting up unified GCC regulations and procedures for food safety and circulation within member states (2004-2013);
- GSO representative in the GCC Committee for Consumer Protection;
- GSO representative in the GCC Committee for custom Union.
Merih Malmqvist Nilsson
Abdulaziz A. Al-Obaidan
Adel Osama Sayed
- Quality Manager, Al Borg laboratories -Saudi Arabia | UAE | Qatar | Sudan
- Oversee and monitor the implementation of quality management, and patient safety activities through Al Borg laboratories.
- Led Al Borg laboratories team toward different certification and accreditation programs (CAP – JCI- ISO 15189-ISO 9001-SASO)
- Designed national Interlaboratory Quality Assessment Surveys (IQAS) within laboratories in KSA as a tool for monitoring laboratory performance, Increasing confidence in the accuracy of the laboratory’s testing results.
- Master Degree of Science in Biochemistry
- Diploma of TQM in healthcare from AUC
- Registered Auditor for QMS (ISO 9001:2008) from IRCA
- Member of American Society for Quality (ASQ) , Saudi Quality Council (SQC), Egyptian Society for Quality (ESQ)
- Director of Standardization and Metrology Center
- Supervise the Standardization and Metrology activities in AIDMO;
- Perform the daily works of ARAC;
- Monitor the execution of the decisions and recommendations made by the Executive Committee and the General Assembly, and shall coordinate with ARAC members in terms of such decisions and recommendations;
- Monitor the reports and studies approved by the General Assembly;
- Represent ARAC to Judicial and legal institutions;
- Prepare the meetings of the General Assembly, the Executive committee and elaboration of their minutes; and Accomplish any other mission given by the General Assembly or the Executive committee.
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