Water Laboratories in Afghanistan, important meeting in ANSA, 19th February 2014




Venue and attendance Attendance

Venue and attendance


Link to ANSA

ANSA conference room.

Attendance from :ANSA, MRRD, MEW, DACAAR, VICC, Construction labs, UNICEF, NORPLAN, Kabul University,

Presentation: Dir. Khateer,

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Before proceeding with technical presentation Dr. Khateer informed that ANSA has been in discussion about quality control and standardization.


Standards for drinking water has been established where ANSA has played a role together with Ministries and water stakeholders with support from UNICEF. Standards are not enough. Quality Control systems are required and has already started discussion with UNICEF and others including NORPLAN how to proceed.

That road to accreditation can be long but discussions as started and now its time to agree on a road-map for a national system for Quality Control for Water laboratories.

Afghanistan plan to link to Turkish Accreditation Organization.

ANSA will not be an accreditation office in the long run, but a focal body for development of good systems. In 2015, an national accreditation body will be established in Afghanistan. )ANSA cannot be Accreditation body because it is both a service provider and a regulatory body.)



Presentation (for slides open pdf file)

Slide 1: ANSA has established technical committee for many sectors. Such committees consists of government, academia and private sector. This system could perhaps also be used for development of a QC for water laboratories.

Quality control and quality assurance:
A broad band plan for maintaining quality of operations
Quality Control:
Consist of the steps taken to verify the validity of the analytical procedure

Slide shows documents and paths for development

Framework for ANSA work

      1. Consultative committee
      2. Quality Manual
      3. National certification
      4. QMS ISO
      5. Accreditation

      National certification program

All results must be trustworthy

Definition of concepts
Steps to be take to assure that quality is established! - put in a system.
Outline road-map for QC and QA for Afghanistan
Presentation by Dr. Stoveland, NORPLAN ..date:

The situation in Afghanistan with respect to quality control in not good. Norplan had divided some samples and given to different laboratories in Kabul and the results did not compare well with results received from accredited laboratories abroad.

Therefore, Stoveland concluded that with quickly increasing number of laboratories in Kabul and Afghanistan and with much new equipment, the core problem seems to be Quality control and lack of standard techniques.


Others incl. MRRD, UNICEF and DACAAR had also arrived at same conclusion and the consensus of developing a quality control system seems good. As also covered in the ANSA presentation, all agreed that a way forward to better quality control system was needed. ( see full presentation for more details.)

Below are two diagrams presented showing how quality control systems can be anchored:

- on individual laboratory basis
- on national basis
- on international bases using ISO standards


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Project news flash



Diagram below show suggestion how a consultative committee can be organized linked to a formal structure in ANSA. Under a QC consultative committee, technical working groups can develop material, documentation, standard procedures and perhaps suggestions for framework for certification of laboratories and lab. analytical staff.

Project news flash ..date:


Comments from Director Qader, RuWatSIP, MRRD:

Director Ghulam Qader from MRRD emphasized the importance of quality control of the laboratories. Training of staff had taken place but a QC system was needed. MRRD was also consider commercialization of the laboratories so as to collect charges for analytical work so at better to sustain the quality of the water laboratories for operational costs.


Comments from UNICEF. ( Adane Bekele)

Bekele informed the meeting that UNICEF provided support to MRRD and MOPH for the development of water laboratories in Kabul and in the regions. This was important tasks for UNICEF to assure that safe drinking water was being developed for all Afghans. Furthermore, over the last year, UNICEF had also worked with ANSA. Now Afghanistan has drinking water standards

The support to ANSA has also focused on discussion to develop a quality control framework to assure that the established and supported water laboratories could produce trustworthy results. Bekele was now happy to see that a structured quality control framework could now be developed and this would very much be welcomed and supported by UNICEF. Bekele also volunteered to sit in a working group to develop a road-map for the new QC framework for water laboratories in Afghanistan. He was impressed with the proposed action points agreed in this meeting


VICC laboratory:

Very interested in participating in the QC development framework. VICC is certified by American Organization.

VICC has many sets of HACH analytical equipment.


DACAAR laboratory

Representative from DACAAR was present. DACAAR is taking the work on QC very seriously and will be happy to participate in the QC development. Stoveland also presented in separate slide info re from the plans prepared by Betman, DACAAR to develop SOP for laboratories. (pasted from email received from

Betman for info:

1. By the end of July 2014, we will prepare a Standard of Operation Procedure.
2. By end of October- will prepare lab liked environment of DACAAR lab (space, table, freezes, cabinet, sample collection places etc)
3. we are going to buy all standard solutions of chemical test to verify the equipment accuracy and calibration.
4. After getting good environment, we propose to buy few lab equipments.
5. Till this time, we hope ANSO will get accreditation from IAC and we apply for the accreditation

This email indicate that DACAAR will be potential resource in the Consultative committee and in Technical working groups.



Representative from MEW also acknowledged that they were very interested in participating with the QC work and they could also participate in technical working groups if necessary.


Comments form Chairman, Dir. Khatter

We have to acknowledge that the path for accreditation will take time. It may be necessary to first establish a national QC system as indicated in the meeting before a national Accreditation office can be established and before individual laboratories can be accredited in line with ISO 17025. This work is important and we will now make a start and ANSA is in full support.


Agreed on next steps:/ action points

Chairman Dr. Khatter summarized the discussion which agreed on the following:

All agreed that a Quality control and Quality Assurance system(s) is essential for laboratories

  1. A technical working group should prepare a road-map to be presented in a meeting by laboratory owners where a Quality Control Consultative Committee or "Technical Committee" should be established.
  2. NORPLAN with Stoveland was asked to lead the working group working together with ANSA, Dr. Khateer, UNICEF: Adane Bekele, MRRD: person yet to be named, DACAAR: proposed Betman (who is about to prepare SOPs for the DACAAR lab), MEW: wants to participate, VICC laboratory: and possibly more. Stoveland will take imitative to gather the group via Internet first.
  3. It was proposed that the road-map should be ready for the constitution committee on 24th of March 2014. Meeting to be organized and invited by ANSA.
  4. At that meeting, different technical working groups under the consultative committee could be established,. It was mentioned that one group could work on policy issues.
  5. Each technical committee should have its own TOR.


Road Map: What type of docuent are we talking about?

The draft road map for presentation to teh next consultative meeting could be a document on 2-3 pages in lenth, not a huge document, but a strategic document.


ANSA Meeting 17th February 2014

Photo as many of the participants were getting ready for the meeting. Dir. Khatter in front , left, and Dir. ¨Qader front, right.