The Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (AACCSA) has awarded certificates of accomplishment to 16 companies that have acquired certification from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
The certification project was supported by UK Department for International Development (DfID) and the World Bank. There were 20 companies that had accepted AACCSA’s invitation to join the certification project for ISO 9000:2008 for quality management and 22000:2005 for food safety management respectively.
Gebeyehu Zerihun, AACCSA’s Quality Management Service Manager, said the whole certification process took 18 months; 15 months for training and three months for assuring the respective standards were met.
AACCSA had invited consultancy firms to bid for the training, but eventually hired all 10 that had submitted offers. These firms were responsible for training the companies in the standardization process.
Ethiopian Standards Agency (ESA) and DQS, a German based standardization company, handled the work of assuring the standards. The two gave the licences for seven and nine of the companies, respectively.
Of the 16 companies, 14 were issued with ISO 9001:2008 standards. This standard involves top management in the improvement of the quality management system, ensures sustained customer satisfaction by producing and delivering services, and providing support functions that meet customers’ needs and expectations, and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the organisation through continual improvement in systems and products/services quality.
The other two companies were certified for ISO 22000:2005 for food safety management. Requirements for this standard include planning, implementing, operating, maintaining and updating a food safety management system; demonstrating compliance with applicable statutory and regulatory food safety requirements; evaluating and assessing customer requirements and demonstrating conformity with those mutually agreed customer requirements that relate to food safety, in order to enhance customer satisfaction.
Gebeyehu said AACCSA had earlier facilitated the standardization process of 22 companies which took over two years. And these companies were certified in 2013.
AACCSA itself received the ISO 9000:2008 standardization in February 2013.
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