Celebrating our 35th year in Accreditation

Date: 1 October 2020 

INAB is delighted to celebrate our 35th year in business.   No one could have predicted that we would be celebrating during a Pandemic, and getting Brexit ready. 

35yrs Logo

To celebrate this year, we will look at how we can virtually connect and promote INAB and Accreditation.  Our winter edition of the newsletter will focus on our 35th anniversary, and we will highlight our clients and the benefits of accreditation using social media.

 

Currently INAB staff are working from home – assessments conducted remotely, and INAB now look to how we can resume on-site assessments ensuring the health and safety of our staff, members and assessors.

 

INAB came under new management in 2008, when Dr Adrienne Duff took the helm on Tom Dempsey’s retirement.  We have welcomed new staff, wished well to those who have retired and moved on. This year we will welcome two new assessment managers in November, bringing our team to 16 persons.  The structure of INAB changed also and 3 new roles were introduced.  The Scheme Managers focus on new schemes and bring them from an idea to application.   Assessment Managers take the lead assessor role on assessments.  INAB also centralised the scheduling process to ensure visits were set up in a timely efficient manner.

INAB Staff

In 2014, we re-located from Wilton Park house (recently demolished) to the Metropolitan Building in the heart of Dublin as we became part of the Health and Safety Authority

Client Base growth upwards

In December 2006, on our 21st anniversary, we had 106 clients in the laboratory programme – 3 inspection clients; 14 certification, compared to our 230 accredited clients today.  At that time, we only had 2 accredited medical laboratories.  Today, INAB have over 60 medical laboratories accredited to 1S0 15189 with multiple disciplines.  Our Inspection bodies have climbed to 16.

How we work

INAB is almost 100% paperless office since the introduction of our customer relationship management system (CRM) that manages our applications and the maintenance of accreditation and associated activities electronically.  Our Board papers, invoicing, updates, our newsletter are all now provided electronically. 

International Recognition

One thing that has held strong for INAB – has been its continuation to maintain its high standards and to continue to maintain and extend our activities under the multilateral agreements at European and International levels.  The benefit of these agreements means that INAB accredited client’s certificates & reports are recognised internationally and this avoids the necessity for duplicate testing or certification of traded goods and services.

 History

1985

Irish Laboratory Accreditation Board (ILAB) established to  provide accreditation to testing and calibration laboratories

1991

EU Good Laboratory Practice compliance programme (GLP) Regulation added to our activities.

1994

Renamed NAB – national accreditation Board and EMAS added to our activities.

1995 – 2006

Certification, Inspection, attestors and attestation bodies for public procurement added to our activities.

2003

Renamed Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB)

2010

INAB appointed the sole national accreditation body for Ireland – regulation 765/2008 -Legislation governing Accreditation in Europe implemented. 

2014

INAB becomes part of the Health and Safety Authority.


INAB will include further articles on INAB and Accreditation in our 35th year.