One of the most effective lobby tool for the flower industry has been the compliance status of the industry in Kenya through the Kenya flower council quality assessment scheme. In order to maintain its integrity, Kenya Flower Council hostedthree lead assessors from the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) from October 15- 17 2013. The Council was undergoing a re-assessment on accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025/Guide 65, a standard on general requirements for bodies operating product certification systems.
KFC was first accredited as a certification body on October 16, 2008. The accreditation provides assurance and formal recognition of the competence of an organization and its staff in performing specific tasks.
It is performed against a reference standard or standards. The just ended re-assessment gives the KFC recognition to certify producers on the Council’s Silver and Gold Standards, and other certification schemes. It also gets accreditation to conduct other certification audits e.g. Globalgap, FFP, and Tescos Nurture.
The procedures for attaining and maintaining ISO 17025/ Guide 65 Accreditation involve five phases;
- Application and screening of documentation
- Evaluation and assessment of certification body performance
The accreditation has helped KFC improve service delivery to members, and we take this opportunity to thank the membership for offering us support over the years. This is a commendable milestone that KFC has achieved in the course of enhancing the spirit of compliance in the flower industry, and at the same time strengthening our international recognition.