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  • May 20, 2016
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The National Quality Infrastructure Project for Nigeria (NQIP) –Project ID 130220
Terms of Reference for Phase 2 training of accreditation assessors to
ISO 19011 and ISO/IEC 17021-1 for the
Nigeria National Accreditation Service (NiNAS)
1.0 Project Relevant Background
The NQIP aims to support the development of the missing standards and quality control bodies within the framework of the National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) in order to improve the quality of products and services exchanged within the Nigerian marketplace and improve external trading opportunities. One of those missing bodies in Nigeria is a National Accreditation Body. The objective of Component 2 of the NQI Project is to establish such a Body as a legal institution which attests to the competence and impartiality of conformity assessment bodies. The Nigeria National Accreditation Service (NiNAS) has been registered as a legal entity in October 2015 with a Board of Trustees and procedures.
NiNAS will conduct on-site assessments, reassessments, witness audits and surveillance audits of its applicants and accredited organizations. These will be carried out by part-time assessors and technical experts appointed by NiNAS to act on its behalf. The assessor plays a vital role in determining the credibility of the conformity assessment body (CAB). It is common practice for Accreditation Bodies (Abs) to make use of different types of assessors such as lead assessors, assistant assessors and technical experts.
In order for the accreditation body to succeed, it must have assessor and experts that are trained to assess CABs to the international standards. All NiNAS assessors are to undergo internal and external training. The individuals obtain knowledge of the substantive and technical standards through their work experience as scientific technicians. Phase 1 of the training has provided them with theoretical and practical knowledge of the accreditation standard(s) (e.g. ISO/IEC 17025) that are applied. Phase 2 will instruct individuals in the assessment technique used by accreditation assessors. Individuals will learn how to plan, do, and close assessments, along with the expected behaviour assessors should exhibit to be effective. The newly trained assessors will be in a position to plan, organise, conduct and report on assessment of a conformity assessment body. In particular they should have gained sufficient knowledge from the course to enable them to identify, write and classify and close non-conformities. In addition they will develop effective information gathering techniques and understand the interpersonal skills to be applied during assessment.
2.0 Scope of Contractual Services
2.1 Description of the Assignment
The contractor selected through an international bidding process will prepare and carry out a two times five-day assessor training based on ISO/IEC 17021-1 Clauses 9.0 – 9.4 and ISO 19001:2011. The training is to include written exercises, practical exercises such as role play and a final exam.

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