Possible Institutional Corporation

VIsit to institutions in Norway


Under construciton..




OBJECTIVE: To learn of possbile areas for support to MRRD or Afghanistan currently trying to establsh a capabioiyty of conducting hydrogeological surveys and publish web maps for disemination of information. NGU is currently doing this for Norway. CAN NGU help with advice/support on how Afghanistan can develop its own sustainable infrastructure to do this work on a sustabiable manner nationwide?
Key people met.

Frank Haugan, Div. Director for Informatic
Dr. Atle Dagestad, Researcher
Dr. Jan Crammer, div dir.
Morten Smelror CEO, NGU

NGU and work relevant to that of MRRD

NGU is s very prosessional and international organization with about 220 staff with about 30 different nationalities and with close to 30 professors or associate professors working at the institution.

NGU is organization collection geological and hydrogeological data both onshore and offshore. The organization work with many countties, EU and coordinate and organise information. NGU focusses on mapping resources like oil and water but also map hazardaous areas.

Visit to NIVA
13th March 2014

220 staff.
Accredited in 1993 as one of the first labs in Norway.
Analyse about 100,000 analysis or about 20,000 samples annually for research, and standard analysis. Use accredited subcontractors.

Key people met:

Trine Olsen: Responsible for Accredited Organization

Tomas Adler Blakset: Responsible for inorganic department and accredited inorganic analysis

Presentation made by Thomas Adler Blakseth and Trine Olsen NIVA during the visit.:

- NIVAs Organization
- Instruments/equipment
- Typical projects
- Quality Control system
- Training

Focus on discussion concentrated on Quality Control Systems and training issues.



for photos of from visit


Trine Olsen focusses on the quality control system being in place in accordance to ISO 17015 ( or ISO 9001:2008)

  • Customer focus. Custromer should be informed if something is happening in the laboratory.
  • Focus of competence. Need to have training and documentation of training
  • Traceability of data.  Need to know how.
  • Improvement. Need to have systems in place for continuouse improvements.

Laboratory organization

  • Quality leader and technical leader. Make sure that the system is in place.
  • Free access to parent organization.

Formal management systems

  • Quality manual
  • Quality policy and quality analysis

Annual management review

  • Suitability of management system

Formal improvement system:

  • Deviation and complaints and reporting/handling
  • Internal audit program
  • External audit from accrediting  body, ( form Norwegian Accreditation  


Quality control systems:

Written documentation

    • Procedures
    • Analytical methods
    • Forms

Document control

    • Approved documents
    • Version control


    • Trained personnel
    • Maintenance of competence.


Training in house, all need quality control procedures, Every year they fill in a form that they are working with the methods. CVs have to be updated

If you have not done tests for the last 3 years, you need to be retrained

This is the requirement for the standard, that listed staff in the lab is listed who has been trained to do analysis at different analysis

 Approved training of personnel to work in accredited framework:

  • Quality manual
  • Improvement systems
  • Equipment
  • Procedures

Mandatory to upgrade CV Annually
Document regular maintenance of competence ( training courses)
List of approved personnel is being kept updated. ( by lab)



Summary for followup

Possible to run a training course for Afghans

Possible for NIVA to assist with training in differnt setups

Themes: Quality control and quality assurance or analytical techniques. To be followed up.

Meeting at NCA and discussion covering cooperation likned to Solar Stills..date:
In a meeting at NCA on 13th March to discuss with NCA, MRRD, NORPLAN, UMB and M.Sc Student the topic for discussion was the development of solar stills for manufacture and use in remote areas in Afghanistan. For this to work a all actors present have a role to play. The meeting was about knowing the technical content of the M.Sc. project, development agenda, and who should do what during development, testing, mass production, and dissemination of information.
People Met

Margrethe Volden
Arild Isaksen
Liv Steimoeggen

Summary agreement

Corporation will continue between all parties present. M.Sc student carry out concepts from desk/literature study. With support for drawing and illustration from NORPLAN, the concepts will be brought to Kabul for production of test units. NCA identified key contact persons for assist and find places where the units could be manufactured. For later scaling up to succeed and for commercial local manufacture later, as part of the project, local manufacturers should be consulted to find out best choice for material to use and most effective local manufacturing techniques. The local adaptation will be guided by a technical committee in Kabul represented by NCA, MRRD, Norplan and Kabul university. UMB would play the important role of quality assurance of testing program, data analysis and reporting.

It was also agreed that test units could be tested at NCAs training compound in Maymane, Faryab and at MRRD compound in Kabul.

Project news flash ..date:
UMB has been in discussions with MRRD previously when preparing a joint application for NORHED funding for M.Sc. and Ph.D. studies covering Climate change and the impact on Sanitation.
People met

Prof. Petter Jenssen, Department of Water supply and sanitation

Prof. Gry. Synnevåg, NORAGRIC

Summary follow- up