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- Is amended by Public Enterprises Governance Act, 2006
- Is amended by Abolition of Payment by Cheque Act, 2022
Accreditation Board of Namibia Act, 2005
Act 8 of 2005
- Published in Government Gazette no. 3480 on 10 August 2005
- Assented to on 19 July 2005
- Not commenced
- [This is the version of this document as it was from 1 November 2006 to 14 March 2023.]
- [Amended by Public Enterprises Governance Act, 2006 (Act 2 of 2006) on 1 November 2006]
1. DefinitionsIn this Act, unless the context otherwise indicates -“accreditation” means the process of evaluation and recognition by the Board in terms of this Act that a body is competent to provide any particular services, and “accredited” has a corresponding meaning;“accredited body” means a body accredited in terms of section 19;“Board” means the Accreditation Board of Namibia established by section 3(1);“body” means -(a)any laboratory providing testing or calibrating services;(b)any body or organisation providing certification services relating to products, quality systems and environmental procedures;(c)any body or organisation providing inspection services; or(d)any body or organisation other than those referred to in paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) requiring accreditation of competence to provide any other services,and which laboratory or body or organisation is registered or established as a juristic person in Namibia;“certification services”, in relation to a body or organisation, means a process by which that body or organisation certifies or gives written assurance that a product, quality system or environmental procedure conforms to specified requirements;“chief executive officer” means the chief executive officer of the Board appointed in terms of section 15(1);“chairperson” means the chairperson of the Board elected in terms of section 6(2);“committee” means an advisory committee or technical committee of the Board established under section 12(1), and “other committee” has a corresponding meaning;“employee of the Board” means a person appointed as such under section 15(3);“executive committee” means an executive committee of the Board established under section 11(1);“International Organisation for Standardisation” means the International Organisation for Standardisation established in 1947 for the purpose of facilitating international coordination and unification of industrial standards;“Minister” means the Minister responsible for trade and industry;“Permanent Secretary” means the Permanent Secretary: Trade and Industry;“rule” means a rule made by the Board under section 26;“this Act” includes any rule;“voting member of the Board” means a member of the Board referred to in section 6(1)(a).
2. Application of ActThis Act does not apply to the accreditation of persons, institutions and organisations providing education and courses of instruction or training to the extent to which the Namibia Qualifications Authority Act, 1996 (Act No. 29 of 1996), applies to any such accreditation.
3. Establishment of Accreditation Board of Namibia
4. Object of BoardThe object of the Board is to provide accreditation services in Namibia in accordance with international standards of accreditation established by the International Organisation for Standardisation and based on the needs or requirements of the industry, commerce and trade, and of governmental institutions, in Namibia.
5. Functions of BoardThe functions of the Board are -
6. Composition of Board
7. Term of office of members of Board
8. Disqualification for appointment as member of BoardA person may not be appointed as a member of the Board if that person -
9. Vacation of officeA member of the Board must vacate office if the member -
10. Meetings of Board
11. Executive committee
12. Other committees
13. Remuneration and allowances of members of Board and committees
14. Validity of decisionsNo decision or act of, or act performed under the authority of, the Board or the executive committee or any other committee is invalid by reason only of -
15. Appointment of chief executive officer and other employees of Board
17. Auditing and annual report
18. Observance of international standardsThe Board must act, in the performance of its functions -
19. Accreditation and suspension or withdrawal thereof
22. Accreditation register
23. ConfidentialityNo person may disclose any information obtained, whether by that person or by any other person, in the course of the administration or implementation of any provision of this Act, except -
24. Declaration of interest
25. Offences and penalties
27. Delegation of powers and assignment of duties
28. Limitation of liabilityNo member or employee of the Board (including the chief executive officer) or member of any committee of the Board is liable in respect of anything done or omitted in good faith and not attributable to gross negligence in the performance of any function under this Act.
29. Short title and commencement
History of this document
15 March 2023
01 November 2006 this version
10 August 2005
Published in Government Gazette number 3480
19 July 2005