The Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality (BBSQ) hosted a one-day training session on the importance and benefits of accreditation and the fundamentals of internal auditing in collaboration with the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC), December 18, 2017, at the Paul Farquharson Centre, Police Headquarters. The training, for public and private stakeholders, provided an overview of the importance of accreditation and the requirements of the international standard ISO 19011-Guidelines for auditing management systems.
Minister of Labour, Senator the Hon. Dion Foulkes in his address of the forum, stated: “The aim of this training exercise is to equip participants with an understanding of Internal Auditing based on requirements of the international standard.” He said that internal audits provide a unique opportunity for better customer satisfaction, yielding “significant consequences in advancing our national development and [helping] to further renewed partnerships with regional counterparts.” The Minister extended special thanks to international facilitator and sponsor of the event, CEO of JANAAC, Mrs. Sharonmae Shirley.
The training session was moderated by BBSQ Councilman and Director of Public Health, Dr. Pearl McMillian, with submissions by CEO of JANAAC, Sharonmae Shirley; Director of the BBSQ, Dr. Renae Ferguson-Bufford; Chairman of BBSQ Council, and Sr. Manager of Health and Safety Unit, Human Resources, BTC, Pauline V. Curry; and Vice-Chairman of BBSQ Council, and CEO of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation, Edison Sumner. Certificates were presented at the session’s end. Mrs. Shirley commented on the importance of accreditation and how it will “stimulate the demand for quality products and services.” She also extended thanks to the Director of the BBSQ, Mrs. Renae Ferguson-Bufford for her great efforts in helping to organize the training session. Minister Foulkes said he trusted the outcome of the session would encourage the highest level of standards in all areas of production and services, and align performance with requirements of the World Trade Organization.