The Medicines Quality Control and Serveillance Department has established a quality management system in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025 to guarantee the delivery of competent and reliable services to CMS. The system is based on the related fundamental principles of a documented quality policy and strategy that is used to develop applicable procedures and methods, train staff and maintained by continual improvement, compliance to ethical standards, all supported by laboratory management.
The Medicines Quality Control and Surveillance Department is committed to providing testing services of the highest standard that satisfy the needs of the clients, the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and to continually improve the effectiveness of the quality management system. Testing results are reported within stated limits of accuracy, precision, and detection limits as described in the methods used for analysis so that they will be reliable, interpretable, repeatable, and defensible.
In September 2017, the Laboratory was awarded accreditation through the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) to the international standard ISO/IEC 17025: 2005 “General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories” (see Accreditation Certificate and Scope). Conformity to the ISO17025:2005 standard validates the laboratory’s capabilities to test the quality control of pharmaceutical finished products. The status as an accredited laboratory exemplifies its competence in the following areas: