The Dominican Accreditation Body (ODAC) delivered to the National Institute for the Protection of Consumer Rights (Pro Consumidor) the renewal certificate to accredit the scope of inspection in general labeling of prepackaged foods. In this way, the entity defending consumer rights becomes the first inspection body to conclude the re-evaluation, satisfactorily passing its first accreditation cycle.
The delivery of the certificate took place in a ceremony held at the headquarters of the Dominican Accreditation Body, which was attended by the heads of ProConsumer and ODAC, Eddy Alcantara, and Angel David Taveras Difo, respectively, as well as officials of both entities.
It was explained that this renewal of accreditation to ProConsumer, in labeling of packaged foods, as well as in labeling and declaration of properties of foods and prepackaged foods for special diets and / or dietary, are intended to meet the particular needs of nutrition and food of certain population groups.
Angel David Taveras Difo reported that, with this delivery, the National Institute for the Protection of Consumer Rights demonstrates that it has maintained the quality standards under which it was accredited in 2019 and to date continues to comply with the provisions of the corresponding regulations and technical criteria.
“This is a clear sign that, in the government headed by our president Luis Abinader Corona, we are standard bearers of quality and compliance with national and international standards” indicated the official.
For his part, the director of Pro Consumidor indicated that the renewal of the accreditation of the Nordom ISO/IEC 17020:2012 standard for the inspection activity in accordance with the Technical Scope of Accreditation No. 004/OI-002, granted by the Dominican Accreditation Body “is for us an extraordinary satisfaction given that it demonstrates the behavior of transparency, responsibility and commitment we have for the benefit of consumers in the DR”.
Alcántara, who is currently president of the Consumer Protection Council of Central America and the DR (Concadeco) and of the Ibero-American Forum of Government Consumer Protection Agencies (FIAGC), expressed that “excellence for us is duty fulfilled, as demonstrated by this qualification obtained by complying with the standards of conformity assessment in the products and services offered in the market”.
He also emphasized that the purpose of the entity he heads is to establish and regulate the policies, standards and procedures necessary for the effective protection of consumers’ consumer rights, so that products reach the population with quality, hygiene and safety.