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T&M 2016 Conference Workshop 26th – 28th September 2016

     
 
 
MEET THE NLA-SA BOARD

Dr Dharmarai Naicker

Dr Naicker is currently Competency Area Manager for the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR),in which role she provides strategic research and technology development leadership in bioprospecting and agroprocessing.

Previously General Manager – Laboratory at The Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB), her extensive research experience includes being an Extraordinary Lecturer at the University of Pretoria in the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Project Manager at the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa’s Food, Feed and Veterinary Public Health Programme and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cape Town in the Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology’s Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone Group.

Hailing from Durban where she matriculated with distinction from Umkomaas Secondary School, Dr Naicker graduated with a PhD in Mycotoxicology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She has subsequently consolidated her business leadership skills with aMasters in Business leadership (MBL) from the University of South Africa.

Having followed her childhood interest in the biosciences, Dr Naicker is committed to “Re-engineering the food safety testing environment to go green and lean”.

What do you see as the value of the NLA-SA to the sector?

As technology advances, South Africa needs to keep up in order to compete in global markets. Life Science organisations are under pressure to redesign their laboratory testing processes to comply to international standards in order to penetrate international markets. In order for laboratories in South Africa to support our competitiveness globally , they must have the relevant accreditations, which involves continual improvements, redesigned processes and quality assurance which is often complex, time consuming and expensive.

The NLA-SA plays an important role in creating a culture that values quality.The organisation provides its members with the necessary information, guidance and training through its many training programmes. It is the voice of accredited and non accredited laboratories in international meetings that discuss standards, ensuring that South African laboratories meet international compliance requirements to be relevant, competitive and sustainable.

What contribution would you like to make as a Board Member to furthering the role of the NLA-SA to the laboratory sector?

As a member of the Board of the NLA-SA it is important for me to ensure that the NLA-SA remains relevant and meets the needs of its members. The NLA-SA must be visible through actively engaging Life Science Organisations on theirneeds particularly with respect to training programmes, proficiency testing facilitation and representation at International Standards meetings. Affiliation with the NLA-SA must lend credibility to member organisations. Its strengthened links to SANAS, the SABS, NMISA and the NRCSmust be leveraged by members to ensure compliance and relevance to the markets they serve.

 
     
     
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