The Standard Organisation Of Nigeria (SON) is supporting manufacturing and importation of essential materials to combat the challenges of CoVid-19 through the deployment of 28 relivant international standards from the international organisation of Standardization (ISO) and one from the African Organisation for standardization (ARSO) on Alcohol based Hand sanitizers.
According to the statement from the office of the Director General Of the Stardard Organisation Of Nigeria (SON) Osita Aboloma Esq., The deployment of the standards is to meet the emergency need occasioned by CoVid-19 globally while the process for the adoption would continue unhindered in spite of the lockdown.
The Standards which are been provided at no cost to local manufacturers are been made available to the national committee on sustainable production and delivery of essential commodities during the CoVid-19 pandemic of which SON is a member. This is to guide local manufacturers as well as provide a benchmark for adjudging all imported products in the category during the pandemic.
The statement disclosed that SON has received free, unlimited usage of the ISO web conferencing system (Zoom) for national standards development works only. With this offer, Nigeria as an eligible member will be assigned a Zoom account for developing country, which we can share with our Technical committee (TC), members and experts, creating the equivalent of a “Virtual Conference Room”, that the national level, the statement clarified.
Abaloma said further with this, Nigeria’s TC meetings could continue largely, while it’s stakeholders and experts keep safe in this time of ban of gatherings and traveling.
The SON Chief Executive called on TC members across the nation to expect invitations from the secretariat for participation in the consideration and adoption of several international standards from ISO resources, to support global efforts in dealing with the CoVid-19 crisis.
He listed some of the international standards compiled by the ISO to support global efforts in dealing with the CoVid-19 crisis as follows;
ISO 374-5:2016 Protective gloves against dangerous chemicals and micro organisms – Part 5: Terminology and performance requirements for micro organisms risk.
ISO 10651-3:1997 Lung ventilators for medical use – Part 3: Particular requirements for emergency and transport ventilators.
ISO 10651 -5:2006 Lung ventilators for medical use – Particular requirements for basic safety and essential performance -Part 5: Gas powered emergency resuscitation.
ISO 13688:2013 Protective Clothing – General requirements.
ISO 17510:2015 Medical Devices – Sleep apnoa breathing therapy – Masks and application accessories
ISO 19223:2019 Lung ventilators and related equipment – Vocabulary and semantics.
ISO 22301:2019 Security and resilience – Business continuity management system – Requirements
ISO 5356-1:2015 Anaesthetic and respiratory equipment – Conical connectors – Part 1: Connes and sockets.
ISO 80601-2-12: 2020 Medical electrical equipments -Part 2-12 Particular requirements for basic safety and essential performance of critical care ventilators.
ISO 80601-2-80: 2018 Medical electrical equipments – Part 2: Particular requirements for basic safety and essential performance of ventilatory Support equipment for ventilatory insufficiency.
The SON Chief Executive stated that the TC would also consider the adoption of a French National Standard “AFNOR SPEC S76 – 001 Barrier Masks – Guide to minimum requirements, method of testing, making and use” to provide necessary quality guidance for mass production of face masks in the country especially by Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME’s).
Abolama commended the past efforts of all members of various National Technical and Mirror committees in ensuring development, adoption, adaption and review of market driven standards for use in Nigeria.
According to him, their patriotic efforts have helped in great in great measure to promote the competitiveness of made in Nigeria products locally and for export, safety of consumers and steady growth of the Nation’s Economy.