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JANAAC highlights the importance of accreditation

Published:Tuesday | June 6, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) will join the rest of the world in observing World Accreditation Day on Friday, June 9.

The day will be celebrated under the theme 'Accreditation - Delivering Confidence in Construction and the Built Environment'.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the JANAAC Sharonmae Shirley said that the week of celebration will begin on Saturday, June 3, with a church service at the Andrews Memorial Seventh-Day Adventist Church, in Kingston, beginning at 8:00 a.m.

She said that the week's observance seeks to heighten awareness of the role accreditation plays in ensuring safety of buildings, quality of the materials, and the engineering skill set in Jamaica.

The JANAAC, in partnership with the Bureau of Standards Jamaica, will launch the Block Makers Association at the HEART Trust/NTA in Mandeville on Tuesday, June 6. This will be followed by the JANAAC Assessors conclave at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel on Wednesday, June 7, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

This technical forum will focus on the importance of JANAAC in ensuring that the building standards are met and kept, based on international requirements, to ensure that the integrity of the construction sector and its challenges as they relate to the quality of construction materials, the design, and the issues associated with the built environment are addressed.

The week culminates on Friday, June 9, with the CEO Breakfast at the Terra Nova hotel, where a number of the key players in the construction industry will meet.

Shirley pointed out that the JANAAC week of celebrations will bring together several participants from the Incorporated Masterbuilders Association, the University of Technology, Jamaica Institution of Engineers, the Environmental Health Unit, and other groups in the sector.

She pointed out that this year's theme is timely, as "globally, all countries are paying attention to this (accreditation in the built environment), and particularly in Jamaica, based on our geography, it is just as important for us to do so".

"We recognise that JANAAC can provide the layer of confidence that the sector needs to ensure that the users and consumers, our regulatory authority, have the confidence in the end product that is generated from our construction industry," the CEO said.