By Laja Thomas
NIGERIAN companies have been called upon to get the ISO certification of their products, which ultimately represents quality management system standard. Director-General of the Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON, Dr. Joseph Odumodu, who gave the advice at the official presentation of NIS ISO 9001: 2008 certificate to Intercontinental Distillers Ltd, IDL, in Lagos, said: “By this achievement, this company has joined the lofty class of quality management system certified companies in Nigeria.
This is a giant stride in the pursuit of excellence to provide quality products to consumers. The NIS ISO 9001: 2008 quality management system approach provides a globally recognized and acceptable solution to the challenges associated with quality management.”
The SON DG cautioned that “Intercontinental Distillers Ltd, would have to note that this journey to excellence embarked upon does not have an end as quality is a moving target. Our challenge to you today is to keep the system healthy and up to date in order to reap the full benefit of ISO 9001: 2008 approach to management.
“These systems having been certified will be placed on six months surveillance audits to ensure continuing stability and effectiveness of the implementation of the quality management system.
“In the cause of the audit exercises, where non-conformances are observed and are effectively corrected within specified time frame, the system will retain the certificate. However, the certificate will be withdrawn if the structures in place for certification break down and necessary corrective actions are not taken on observed non-conformances.”
Managing Director and Chief Executive of Intercontinental Distillers Ltd, Engr. Patrick Anegbe, enumerated the significance of the ISO 9001: 2008 certificate to his organisation. His words: This award/recognition is a marketing tool and the certification is a stamp of consistent quality recognized globally.
Apart from image enhancement of our company, the ISO certification will also serve as a competitive edge in the marketing of our brands both within and outside the country. The IDL has already been awarded the Nigerian Industrial Standard (NIS) mark for product quality and consistency.
Therefore, the ISO certification of our quality management system further demonstrates IDL’s commitment to quality and represents reassurance to our numerous customers that or brands are world class.”