The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has disclosed that it has trained representatives from 170 manufacturing companies in Anambra on Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).
The one-day training was held in Awka, capital of Anambra state.
Speaking, Mrs Nwaoma Olujie, Coordinator of SON in Anambra, said the event was meant to help firms develop proper documentation of SOP.
Olujie, who observed that most manufacturing firms had standard procedures, added that they had no proper documentation to ensure continuity.
“SOP is a specified way of doing things, most of the companies here do not have documented operating procedure.
“It is good for practices to be documented to ensure continuity of processes.
“Quality assurance deals with process and quality control deals with products, so it cuts across the entire quality management system and representatives can be anybody in the firm who is directly involved,” she said.
The Coordinator said there was need for Nigerian firms to step up their quality in order to boost their competitiveness in the global market.
She also urged the manufacturers to ensure that the quality of raw materials met the required standard to guarantee the quality of finished products.
“The only non-tariff factor that can grant you free access to international market is standard and quality; you must ensure that your raw material quality is standard; because it is garbage in garbage out”.
“SON is here to set and ensure standard for firms in the country,” she said.