The CEO of Katchey Laboratories Limited, Mrs. Kate Isa has said Nigerians will no longer be at the mercy of foreign laboratories for analytic services.
According to her. Katchey Laboratories Limited joined the league of the elite analytical laboratories across the world by its accreditation.
This was achieved after a detailed audit by American National Standards Institute Board (ANAB), the accrediting body.
She said, “There are currently very few labs across the continent with ANAB accreditation and Katchey Laboratories Limited is probably the only non-government analytical laboratory with such accreditation presently in Africa south of the Sahara Desert.”
The accreditation is a mark of quality attested to by the American accrediting body.
Noting that results coming out of Katchey Laboratories have the same quality as the best laboratories in the US and across the world.
“In other words, the accreditation is like bringing global quality to our local environment, literally to our doorsteps.
“This will have a great impact on our economy. There will be significant foreign exchange savings because samples which hitherto are being sent to laboratories outside the country and which are paid for in foreign currencies will now be taken to Katchey Laboratories for testing.
“Nigerian exporters will be able to receive globally acceptable certificates of analysis for their international trade. They will no longer suffer the great losses of invested funds and reputation that result from rejected exported products.”
Isa further said, “the accreditation is really exciting for Katchey Laboratories Limited because the laboratory complex was born out of the need to raise the bar in the analytical space in Africa and to provide reliable, quality results that will inspire confidence to encourage trade across the continent.
“With the advent of AfCFTA, in a timely manner, Katchey Laboratories is built as a one-stop shop for all analytical needs, catering to a wide range of analytical service areas, including: Life Sciences; Pharmaceutical; Food and Beverage; Agribusiness; Oil and Gas; Environmental; Forensic; Mining and Extractive Industries; Educational; Research and Development, etc. Katchey Laboratories Limited is a subsidiary of Katchey Company Limited. ”
The CEO of Bloom Public Health, Professor Chimezie Anyakora said it was an exciting moment to have this in Nigeria.
“This is an exciting moment for the country, to have a lab of this quality available to support trade and public safety. Beyond providing quality results, this lab will achieve much for the country by helping boost the confidence of Nigerians, both in international commerce, to export their Katchey-Laboratories-certified products globally, with confidence; and internally, to inspire a crop of analysts and scientists.
“Just a tour around the lab is enough to inspire confidence. Now that the bar of quality has been raised, I hope other labs will start striving to achieve world class status too. A lab of this scale and quality requires a massive investment, and it is my hope that both local and international clients patronize this laboratory so that more people will be encouraged to invest in the lab space. Bloom Public Health is excited to be part of this history that is being made here.”
Isa said Katchey’s backward integration plan would be officially initiated by the groundbreaking ceremony for the proposed Katchey Complex which would be performed by the Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun at the site located in Magboro in Ogun State also on May 5, 2022.
The proposed Katchey Complex will house Manufacturing facilities for Laboratory Equipment and Consumables, Independent Analytical Laboratory Complex, Training Centre for Laboratory Analysts & Bio-Engineers, Conferencing & Seminar facilities, Offices and Warehouses.