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The National Laboratory Association – South Africa (NLA-SA) is a representative body that evolved from the previous National Laboratory Accreditation service.  Following the assumption of overall responsibility for accreditation (including laboratory accreditation) by the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) during 1998, it was decided that a new independent body should be created.

The NLA-SA is a non-profit stakeholder body that represents the voice of South African laboratories. Having over 200 organisations who are members they represent the diverse nature of activities within testing and calibration services.

The objectives of the National Laboratory Association – South Africa is to become a truly representative association for accredited and non-accredited laboratories. In using the term laboratory this should be recognised in the widest sense and it includes measuring, testing, calibration, verification and other bodies, as well as laboratories which operate in well-defined areas of R&D in the natural and applied sciences.

The acronym, NLA-SA, which was linked to the previous National Laboratory Accreditation service was retained, both for the purpose of continuity and because it is well-recognised and respected.

The NLA is a section 21, not for gain company and has a board of directors who are elected from its members. In addition the NMISA, SANAS, SABS Standards Division and NRCS are co-opted onto the board.


NLA-SA Board Organogram

NLA-SA Board Organogram

 


Current NLA-SA Board Members


Mr. Steve Sidney

Director and Honorary Treasurer National Laboratory Association – South Africa (NLA-SA)

Biographical Info

Steve Sidney manages the NLA-SA as its Director and is an active member of a number of South African and international organisations, representing laboratory stakeholders. These include Laboratory Committee (Chair) and Accreditation Issues Committee (ILAC); BIPM – JCGM WG1; and ISO – WG44 Review of ISO17025 as Co-convenor. He is also a Board member of SANAS and Chairperson of the Board of the first multi-economy accreditation body, SADCAS, which is based in Botswana and serves the vast majority of Southern Africa. With a National Diploma in Electrical Engineering Light Current, Steve’s career in Test & Measurement includes working for Fluke South Africa and starting his own business, which was ultimately sold to JSE Listed electronics/telecom’s corporation, Altech. He was subsequently appointed Managing Director of Altech Instruments, a position he held until 1997, following which he began a management-consulting practice.

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Objectives of the NLA-SA

The NLA-SA’s focus is primarily on the representation of the activities, interests and opinions of all members laboratories.  Membership of the Association is voluntary and open to all laboratories.

The current objectives of the NLA are:

  • To represent the experience, knowledge and formulated opinions of South African laboratories on a technical, ethical and commercial level.
  • To assist in the interpretation of accreditation requirements, to identify generic national accreditation needs and to resolve issues that were not covered by the SANAS Specialist Technical Committees (STC)
  • To establish a singular interface of representation of its members with SANAS, SABS and the NML
  • To provide a mechanism for technology transfer among its members by means of workshops, seminars, symposia, specialist interest groups, printed reports and newsletters.
  • To establish effective communication channels for technology transfer with organisations that have similar objectives to the NLA (Such as Eurolab)