NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, May 7 (PIA) --Â Â Another private laboratory from the countryside has joined the roster of the Department of Science and TechnologyÂ’s (DOST) One-stop Laboratory (OneLab) network in a bid to strengthen its laboratory services.
Bacolod City-based Negros Prawn Producers CooperativeÂ’s (NPPC) Analytical and Diagnostic Laboratory, which specializes in analytical testing services on aquaculture and other industries, became the 47thÂ member of a network of laboratories anchored on an information and technology (IT) platform.
OneLab aims to provide clients with convenient access to laboratory testing and calibration services at a Â“single touch pointÂ”, wherein timely and accurate test and calibration results are guaranteed.
The affiliation was anchored on a mechanism that provides a basic system for the public and micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), in particular, to complete all the testing and calibration processes necessary for their product registration, regulatory compliance, product safety certification, and quality monitoring.
As OneLab member, the NPPC may avail of various opportunities such as trainings, proficiency testing, benchmarking, networking, and services promotion.
Â“YouÂ’ll not only be serving Bacolod but youÂ’ll be serving the entire country, the entire region, and even some areas in Asia,Â” DOST Undersecretary for Regional Operations Brenda Nazareth-Manzano addressed NPPC affiliates.
To note, the establishment of OneLab is geared towards addressing concerns on harmonization, partnership, and interfacing among laboratories while valuing their respective mandates and governing functions.
On the other hand, DOST-6 regional director Engr. Rowen Gelonga disclosed there are only two private laboratories in the Visayas that are OneLab members due to DOSTÂ’s strict requirements.
Â“You cannot join Onelab unless youÂ’re ISO/IEC 17025:2005-accredited because thatÂ’s the only way we can assure and ensure, rather, the quality of the services,Â” Gelonga explained.
Director Gelonga also conveyed DOSTÂ’s intention to guarantee that testing becomes a viable industry in the regions.
Â“OneLab is really a perfect example of how we would like to improve the delivery of critical government services in the countryside, admit them into viable industries and business models for the private sector,Â” Gelonga emphasized.Â (LTP/LML-PIA6 Negros Occidental)