--By TC Correspondent
Nepal has taken initiative to start the international quality certification of the goods and services produced in the country. Along with the preparation to establish the National Accreditation Focal Point (NAFP), the Nepal Bureau of Standards and Metrology (NSBM) has taken the initiative to start the international quality certification within the nation itself, says, Romi Manandhar , Deputy Director General at the Bureau. Currently different organizations are taking their own initiative for certification.
The Bureau is planning to establish NAFP in collaboration with India’s National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB). According to Manandhar, an agreement to this effect was signed between the NSBM and NABCB on last Wednesday (January 22). She also informed The Corporate that NAFP would request NABCB for quality certification. “As there is no separate body for [international] quality certification at the Bureau, we have signed an agreement with NABCB,” she added.
The establishment of NAFP will help reduce the international quality certification cost of Nepali goods and services and will ease the entire process of quality certification, according to Manandhar. The NSBM is preparing to make a two-year work plan for NAFP. However, it’s going to take a few months before the NAFP starts working for international quality certification.
For the time being, the office of NAFP will be located on the NSBM premises.